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Sir John Monash Centre
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Fouilloy
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Sir John Monash Centre tells Australia’s story of the Western Front in the words of those who served. Set on the grounds of the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in northern France, and adjacent to the Australian National Memorial, the Sir John Monash Centre is the hub of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The centre is a brilliant historical account of the Somme in WW1. It is easy to navigate and the audio system means you dont miss anything. The physical setting is spacious and not crammed with memorabilia. The war cemetery is very moving. Allow at least 2 hours.

Thank Jo G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My visit to the newly opened Sir John Monash Museum at the Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux was a real highlight of my 2018 European trip. As an Australian taxpayer, I was not sure that $100 million dollars for the new museum could be justified in any way.

I was wrong. The architecture of the building itself is beautiful and sensitively located behind and below the war cemetery, so as it cannot be seen from in front. Added to that, the actual experience of the Museum is amazing. Lovely French staff welcomed me and explained how it's all done via the App, which you download, and then as you walk around, the screens begin and you stop and watch and listen - just make sure you're iPhone is charged up beforehand. There is also a written commentary that you can read later if you wish on the App. In the centre of the museum is an audio-visual theatre experience that has to be seen to be believed. It is so moving.

There also also lots of French visitors - who after 100 years still have not forgotten what the Australian soldiers of WW1 achieved in liberating V-B and pushing back the Germans and thus preventing the German onslaught from capturing Amiens. The town itself is 'little Australia' with Australian street names and places such as the Victoria school and rue de Melbourne! There's even a large sign on entering the town 'Australia in Picardy' !

So do make the visit out to Villers-Bretonneux if you have a spare day in Paris. But plan the trip, as the trains can be a bit tricky - and there's no taxi available at the station, so it's a 3-km walk to and from the Australian Memorial & Museum, which I didn't mind doing. On the way back, a very kind local offered me a lift back into town - which I gratefully accepted. If you don't want to do the walk - the best option is to rent a car in Amiens and drive out to V-B. It's only 16kms along a dead-straight road, so it's an easy drive.

So in my view the Sir John Monash Museum at the Australian Memorial is a triumph of architecture and of experience and a most fitting memorial to the Australians who lost their lives - not only there at V-B but also on the western front and at Galipolli during WW1. Also try to visit the Adelaide Cemetary - right as you enter V-B on the road from Amiens. A beautifully maintained war cemetery with Australian fallen. Also you can visit the Franco-Australian museum at the Victoria School in town - which is also beautifully done with so many artifacts, photos, maps - all beautifully maintained and presented.

1  Thank anthonysyd2016
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have an interest in World War One this is a great introduction to the battles fought by the Australians. If you are an Australian it is a spiritual place that makes you thankful for the sacrifices of our diggers.

1  Thank Teresa P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Monash Centre which is worthwhile visiting. The displays were great. But beware it is difficult to get to the centre which is directly behind the Villers Bretonneux Memorial. We travelled by train from Paris to Amiens then the coach to Villers Bretonneux which was quite easy. But once we arrived at Villers Bretonneux there is no transport available to get to the memorial. We happened to meet another couple from Darwin, we are from Sydney. They were on the same coach. We walked to an Australian Museum in the township to ask how to get there. We were very lucky because a private tour guide from Walkabout tours happened to arrive at the same time as she brought an Australian couple to the museum. She kindly offered to drive the 4 of us to the memorial, we were very thankful. She arranged for the museum receptionist to get a taxi to pick us up. After we had looked at the centre we waited outside for the taxi but it didn’t arrive so Wen as to walk back as we only had 50 mins before the train arrived. Luckily we made it with 2 mins to spare. So beware you need to arrange transport.

Thank Julie9066
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very modern multi media way presentation about Australian involvement on the western front, a moving experience. I think it lacks some of the more traditional touch though such as actual writing that one can take time to absorb and reflect upon. It is disconcerting having to wait for the full scroll if you want to read about the start of the war at the big panel about it. It is also hard to find the entrance which is not clearly indicated.

Thank Frog-Aus
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