Museums & Monuments: Picardy

Memorial to the internment and deportation, Camp de Royallie...
Royallieu was an internment and deportation camp where French resistance, Jews and others were imprisoned. Some 40 000 were deported to German concentration camps. Open 10:00-18:00 everyday. 2 avenue des Martyrs de la Liberte, 60200 Compiegne.
Musee Franco-Americain du Chateau de Blerancourt
Museum, in a chateau purchased in 1917 by American Anne Morgan, that serves to document and commemorate Americas involvement in the World Wars and the subsequent reconstruction of Europe. Chateau de Blerancourt, Blerancourt (02).
Le Tommy
Fast food. Breakfast/Brunch by prior arrangement. 91 Route dAlbert, 80300 Pozieres.
Musee du Noyonnais
A museum housed in the former Bishops Palace that is now the main museum of art and history in Noyon. 77 rue de lEveche, Noyon.
Musee Jean de la Fontaine
Museum in the former home of French poet and author/translator of traditional childrens tales. Open everyday except Mondays and some public holidays. Check website (in english) for times and prices. 12 rue Jean de La Fontaine, 02400 Chateau-Thierry
Aeronautical Museum, Parc de Decouverte Aeronautique
Musee de lEpopee et de lIndustrie Aeronatique. Aircraft and machines from the 1940s to the 1970s. Guided tours (FR only). Open Saturdays from 09:00-12:00 and 14:30-18:00. Albert – Picardie Airport, 80300 Meaulte
Lochnagar Mine Crater
This site commemorates the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, where British troops blew a series of mines creating this vast crater to destroy heavily defended German positions. D20, Route de la Grande Mine, 80300 Ovillers la Boiselle.
Galerie du Vitrail
Stained glass museum. One of the largest collections of both civic and religious stained glas windows, from the 12th to 19th century. Demonstrations of glass working, techniques and painting on glass. 40, Rue Victor Hugo. Amiens (80)
Abbaye Royale de Chaalis (60)
In the middle of the Ermenonville forest this chateau museum houses a collection of art, furniture and items owned by the philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau. The grounds and chateau are available for event hire. Senlis (60).
Musée des Spahis
Military museum dedicated to the history of the Cavalerie légère located at Place Notre Dame, 60300 Senlis.
Franco-Australian Museum (Musee Franco-Australien).
The story of the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front, with photos, uniforms, firearms and models and mementos. Documentation and video area. Open Monday to Saturday 09:30-17:30 (16:30 in winter). 9 rue du Victoria, 80800 Villers-Brettoneux.
Arboretum Craon
During World War I the village of Caronne was completely destroyed. It was rebuilt some miles away from the original site. In memory of this 7 hectares were planted with trees on the original site of the village and formed the Arboretum. Craon (02).
The temporary exhibition hall of the Musee le Soissons. Located in the old Arsenal in the Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes, rue de Saint-Jean, 02200, Soissons.
Historial de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War)
A museum which tells the history of the First World War. Includes tours of the Battlefields of the Somme, the trenches and the Ypres memorial. Chateau de Peronne, 80200 Peronne.
Clairiere de l'Armistice
Museum and monument dedicated to the site where the armistice was signed on November 11th 1918 and also in June 1940. The trenches can still be seen and you can view the original train car where the signing took place. Route de Soissons Compiegne (60).
Musee Vivant du Cheval
Recognized as the most beautiful horse museum in the world. Demonstrations and shows daily, some in English, a great outing for children of all ages. Reservation recommended. The Grand Stables, Chateau de Chantilly, Chantilly (60).
Notre-Dame of Laon
This gothic cathedral of architectural importance is one of the earliest built in France. Older than Notre Dame in Paris, it is a unique and important part of the history of the region.
Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre
The Somme Memorial dedicated to the British and South African soldiers missing in action. Visitor Centre covers the Battle of the Somme and the Great War. (EN, FR, DE).Shop. Rue de lAncre, 80300 Thiepval Open 1 February-16 December. 09:30-18:00.
La Musee Picarvie (Picarvie Musuem).
Museum of the professions and traditions of yesteryear in Picardy. Gift shop with local produce and books. Open from early April until late September. Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-18:00. 5 quai du Romorel, 80230 Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.
Maison de Jules Verne (Jules Vernes house).
House of author Jules Verne ( Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Around the World in 80 Days), and his wife from 1882. Open to the public and frequent guided tours available. 2 rue Charles Dubois, 80000 Ami
The Butterfly Museum (Le Musee des Papillons)
Timeless and ephemeral. A large selection of butterflies, beetles dragonflies and even tarantula spiders. Open all year from 14:00-18:00 except Tuesdays and some public holidays. Espace Saint Jacques, 14 rue de la Sellerie, 02100 Saint Quentin.
Musee Nacre
Formerly a button factory, this museum gives demonstrations of the art of button making. Visitors can also see collections of accessories, binoculars, fans and belt buckles. Open Wednesday-Monday, 14:30-18:30. 51 rue Roger Salengro, Meru (60).
Musee de Soissons
Located in the former Saint-Leger Abbey and home to paintings, historical documents and pieces discovered in archaeological excavations of the Aisne Valley. Located at 2 Rue de la Congregation.
Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie
Art and archaeological pieces on display from the second half of the 19th century onwards. Located at Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie Place Notre-Dame 60300 Senlis.
Musée de la Vénerie
Art and history museum located Place du Parvis Notre-Dame, 60300 Senlis.
Musee Serge Ramond
Museum devoted to engraved and sculptured relics (art and graffiti). From prehistoric times until the Second World War. Open everyday from 14:00 until 18:00 except Tuesdays and Public Holidays. Place de Piegaro, 60550 Verneuil-en-Halatte.
Chateau de Compiegne (The Imperial Palace)
The Imperial Palace. A favourite residence of both Napoleon I and Napoleon III. Open everyday from 10:00-18:00 except Tuesdays. (Check website) Palais de Compiegne, Place du General de Gaulle, 60200 Compiegne
Musée Antoine Vivenel
Museum of Art and Archaeology donated by philanthropist Antoine Vivenel in 1839.Located at 2 Rue d'Austerlitz, 60200 Compiègne.Open 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00.
Fortified church at Burelles (Eglise fortifiee de Burelles).
16th century church with military architecture: fortifications, turrets and battlements. The church provided a place of refuge in times of danger. Open every day from 09:00-18:00 Place de leglise, 02140 Burelles
Cite des Bateliers (Museum
Museum showing the river barges and the lives of those who work them. Opening times: Variable dependent on the time of year. 59 Avenue de la Canonniere, 60150 Longueil-Annel
Village of Old Trades & The Motobecane Museum (Village des M...
Museum illustrating our lives of yesteryear, shops, schools, trades. Horse-drawn vehicles. Plus Motobecane museum, French cycles and motorised two-wheelers. Open every day except Mondays. See website for times 5 rue de la Fere, 02100 Saint-Quentin.
Caverne du Dragon (The Dragons Lair)
Museum and war memorial. A strategically placed underground stone quarry fortified by the Germans in WWI. Museum, Cafe and shop. Opening times vary during the year. See website. Chemin des Dames, 02160 Oulches-la-Vallee-Foulon.
Musée Territoire 14-18 Discovery Centre
Learn more about life on the front line with authentic images and first hand accounts.Located at 19 Rue de Verdun, 60153 Rethondes.Located at 19 Rue de Verdun, 60153 Rethondes.
Musee de Picardie (Museum of Picardy (80)).
A monument to regional antiques, housed in a palace based on the Louvre. Regular exhibitions, events and workshops. Closed Monday and Sunday mornings. See website for precise opening times. 48 rue de la Republique, 80000 Amiens
Abbey of Saint Michael (LAbbaye de Saint Michel).
One of the few surviving Benedictine monasteries in northern France. 300 year-old organ, murals and the old Abby Farm, home to the Museum of Rural & Forest Life. 8 rue du Chamiteau, 02830 Saint Michel.
Towing Museum (Le Musee du Touage).
Unusual museum situated in a 1910 boat which operated via an electric winch. The museum recounts the history of the Saint Quentin Canal, its engineering depiction of life and development over the years. RD1044, Hameau de Riqueval, 02420 Bellicourt.
Musee de lArcherie & du Valois (Archery and Valois Museum)
Museum in the medieval residence of the Lords of Crey-Nanteuil showing the traditions of archery from around the world plus statues from Valois churches and chapels. Open from end of March until 11 November. Rue Gustave Chopinet, 60800 Crepy-en-Valois
The Maison du Textile, A Living Museum of the Traditional Te...
A living museum with many family activities. Learn about the textile industry and the mills. The workshop contains 28 looms, shows interactive activities and demonstrations. See website for opening times. 54 rue Roger Salengro, 02230 Fresnoy le Grand.
Musee des Abris - Somme 1916 (Somme Trench Museum)
Museum detailling First World War located in a 13th century tunnels converted into air-raid shelters during Second World War. Open 1 December until 17 December. (See website for times and prices - available in english). Rue Anicet Godin, 80300 Albert
Musée Municipal Crépy-en-Valois
The Musée de l'archerie et du Valois displays artefacts explaining the history of archery and the town. Other collections include pieces of fine art.Located at Rue Gustave Chopinet, 60800, Crépy-en-Valois.Open 14:00-18:00 daily except Tuesdays.
Laon: The Hill-top Medieval City. (Cite Medievale Perchee).
"The Crowned Mountain" With its gothic cathedral, labrynthine streets perched on its hilltop perch and surrounded by the city walls. Audioguide tours available. Office de Tourisme, Hotel Dieu, 02000 Laon.
Musee de Crecy-en-Ponthieu
A museum run by the local community and dedicated to the Battle of Crecy. You can view artiffacts of the time and illustrations and set pieces. There is also a part of the museum dedicated to World War II. Crecy en Ponthieu (80)
Abbaye Royale de Moncel
14th century abbey. Guided and non-guided visits. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, March to October, 14:00-18:00. Abbaye Royale du Moncel, 60700 Pontpoint.
Chateau de Pierrefonds
Ornate chateau and gardens. Gift shop and restaurant on site. Rue Viollet-le-Duc, Pierrefonds (60).
The Family House of Henri Matisse (La Maison Famiale dHenri...
Discover the house and town of Henri Matisses childhood, where he grew-up, his parents kept a seed shop and the "colourful cafe". See website for opening times. 26 rue du Chateau, 02110 Bohain en Vermandois.
The Stronghold of The Dukes of Guise (La Forteresse des Ducs...
1 000 year old keep overlooking the Oise valley. Visit the many vaulted rooms in the tower and underground, archaeology museum. Events throughout August. See website for opening times. Club de Vieux Manoir, BP13 02120 Guise.
Familistere in Guise (La Familistere de Guise).
Founded by the radical industrialist Godin, this "workers paradise" was a revolutionary concept in accommodation and working conditions, complete with gardens, theatre and swimming pool. Le Familistere de Guise, 02120 Guise.
Musée Franco-Américain du Château de Blérancourt
Museum housing archaeological artefacts associated with the Blérancourt Castle and the history of the area.Located at 33 Place du Général Leclerc, 02300 Blérancourt.Open 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00 every day except Tuesday.
The Museum of The Dark Ages (Le Musee des Temps Barbares).
Museum and archeological site covering the Merovingian era (early middle-ages). Live days including Live History Festival and "Merovingian Days" organised at Marle. Open March to October (except Tuesdays), 14:00-19:00. 02250 Marle.
Library of the Chateau de Chantilly
This library houses the collection of books and manuscripts belonging to the Lords of Chantilly. They also have a modern section with DVDs and CDs. Mainly for historical research. 17, rue Connetable, Chantilly (60).
Marie-Jeannes House (La Maison de Marie-Jeanne).
100 years of household history. A collection of thousands of everyday items from 20th century life. Five areas of exhibits plus two for temporary exhibitions. Open Tuesdays to Sunday. 14:00-18:00 39 rue du General de Gaulle, 02240 Alaincourt.
Le Musee Boucher-de-Perthes
Museum housed in the old town hall home to fine arts and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. Located at Place Max Lejeune, 80101, Abbeville.
Jardins du Nouveau Monde
Botanical gardens and an arboretum located in the grounds of the Musée Franco-Américain at the Château de Blérancourt.Located at 33 Place du Général Leclerc, 02300 Blérancourt.Open 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00 every day except Tuesday.
Chateau de Chantilly (60)
One of the finest examples of French architecture both for the castle and the gardens, which were designed by the famous Le Notre. It houses antiques, paintings and also temporary exhibitions. Chateau de Chantilly, Chantilly (60).
Domaine du Chateau Fort de Rambures
Medieval castle which has been restored and furnished in the period. The ten hectare park is famous for the 418 species of roses contained within. Events are held from March to November. 8 rue du Chateau, Rambures. (80).
The Stronghold of The Dukes of Guise (La Forteresse des Ducs...
1 000 year old keep overlooking the Oise valley. Visit the many vaulted rooms in the tower and underground, archaeology museum. Events throughout August. See website for opening times. Club de Vieux Manoir, BP13 02120 Guise.