Musée Militaire du Périgord

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Location : In town

Province : White Périgord

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  • Groups
  • Open all year round
  • English
    • Museum gathering the military souvenirs brought back by the Périgourdins during their campaigns, whether they relate to the daily life of the soldier or to the feats of arms of the Regiments where they had served. It is with more than 12,000 objects, all remarkable, rare or picturesque, that you will relive the daily life of our soldiers, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Associative museum since January 18, 1911, recognized as a public utility since 01/29/1928.

      Opening : museum open all year round from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. except Sundays and public holidays.

      Prices :
      - full price : € 5
      - group prices : € 2.50

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Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 62 reviews

  • joost

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by joost on 22/03/2017

    Special interest museum in the center of town. Interesting place to browse and let your mind wander a little. This small museum based on a large collection of medals, insignia, flags, military uniforms, helmets, badges, and weaponry ranging from sables, pistols and canon, to a sea-mine and a German flying bomb… A bit dusty, but to give it a positive spin; you will find the content well compensating what the presentation lacks (though that might take some effort, prior knowledge and a little interest). The collection started out to commemorate the Prussian war, but sprawled in all directions and now includes materials related to the Napoleonic area, Crimean war, the world wars, French colonial deployments as well as later UN missions. There is a lot of material on display, some given context, much of the collection is just that. You will find what you look for, or chance upon some campaigns you never heard of, but do not expect much guidance or storytelling. It is an amazing collection of smaller collections, maybe a bit too much material for such little space. The amount of medals on display somehow makes you question the value of these ‘awards’, some have an eerie way of recurring. The current events on the Crimea, mirror the Crimean War medials, and some unexpected Nazi paraphernalia awarded for their campaign in the Crimea, including the an original poster advertising ‘the opportunity to go and fight Bolshevism in the east’ (in French). A contemporary print shows Napoleon handing out medals to kneeling subjects (in a posture that makes the present day viewer wonder who’s honoring who). There was an interesting special exhibition of art from the WWI trenches with drawings and sketches.

  • modellermark2

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by modellermark2 on 10/08/2019

    What a great little museum covering a wide span of history with a huge number of items across all eras. Well worth a visit and take your time here to check it all out so that you don't miss and little jems.

  • w Rdam

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by w Rdam on 11/06/2019

    Very nice collection and nice staff

Traveller Reviews

4.0 sur 5 66 reviews

  • "Very nice with caveats"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by fssutton1 (Charleston, South Carolina) on 10/11/2018

    Amazing collection of historical military items. It appears this was mostly assembled via donations and is staffed/maintained by volunteers. Thus, the presentation/quality of preservation of some...

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  • "If you are a military aficionado you need to go here"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by huntejk (Houston, Texas) on 15/10/2018

    This museum covers the military from the Revolution to now. Although an old-fashioned set-up, they have an amazing amount of medals, arms, uniforms, Legion of Honor certificates, etc. Your level of...

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  • "If you're in to militaria you'll enjoy this."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Swagger762fmj (London, United Kingdom) on 20/09/2018

    Run by enthusiastic volunteers this place is a little diamond. We were greeted by a splendid chap dressed as a French Resistance operator (He was an ex para and currently a senior police officer...

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Address

32 Rue des Farges
24000 Périgueux

GPS coordinates

45° 10'59.53"N, 0° 43'15.32"E

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