Villers-Bretonneux Franco-Australian Museum


Some personnal war souvenirs, note the breviary found in Villers ruins by an Australian soldier and send back by his family after his death.
 


A body armour sometime used by German signal men or machine-gunners and "baskets" used to transport shells.
 


The museum library and its various books
 


The reception, also a shop and an information-point.


Inside the museum under Victoria school roof. Visitors enjoy there a modern presentation.

One of the Australian uniforms displayed in the museum.

Collections et history
 

In Villers-Bretonneux, the Franco-Australian  friendship is a an institution. On 25 avril 1918, the Australians re-captured Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans, so closing them the road of Amiens and putting an end to the spring offensive in the region. This city is twinned with Robinvale, Australia, state of Victoria. That state, of which were original many of the diggers which fought to Villers, participated in a significant way to the reconstruction of this town. The Victoria school and its reception hall, the annual commemoration of Anzac Day, the Franco-Australian association and its activities are examples among others who testify of this narrow bond.

The Franco-Australian museum is not to be missed. It's an associative and municipal museum for all those who are on the tracks of the Australians having fought in the region. It was inaugurated on April 25th, 1975 and completely reorganized in 1992. Many of the presented objects are gifts sent from Australia. Uniforms, official documents but also more personal objects like letters. There is also larges format photos, vestiges of the battlefield (a piece of a caterpillar of a British tank: near Villers took place the first battle of tanks of the history) and a model of what was a battlefield on that time.

Other services

The museum also includes:

- A resource center with several books on Australia during WW1 or on this country

- A 35-seats video room, here one can view the film: "Hamel - The Turning Point" who redraws the history of the Australian Corps by emphasizing the battle of Hamel

- At the reception, you can buy different souvenirs and brochures useful for the guests such as the guide with audio cassette tape: "Australian World War I Battlefield Tour, Villers-Bretonneux to Hamel, March-July on 1918 " (9,15 €). There is also good informations provided by people at the desk.

Opening and prices on sept.13

Opening days & hours:
- Mondays to Saturdays
- November to February : 9.30am - 4.30pm & March to October : 9.30am - 5.30pm
Closed on Sundays and French National holidays (except november 11th)
and the last week of December plus the first week of January

Entrance fees: 
- Adults 5 € (group 4 €) 
- Students & Children from 6 to 18 3 € (group 2,5 €) 

Address et contacts

9, rue Victoria
80800 Villers-Bretonneux
France

Tel. 00 33 (0)3.22.96.80.79
Franco-Australian museum website

E-mail of the museum: Click here

Thanks to Mr Thierry (Franco-Australian association) for the informations.