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Fort de la Pompelle, Reims

4.3
#3 of 6 in Museums in Reims
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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  • This is a small very well curated museum of the history of the fort during World War One. The display cabinets are all very modern, incredible collection of German helmets and other artefacts. Good... 
    This is a small very well curated museum of the history of the fort during World War One. The display cabinets are all very modern, incredible collection of German helmets and other artefacts. Good...  more »
  • Beautiful and well documented museum in a historical context. A must see to all. Lest we forget. Keep our history alive. 
    Beautiful and well documented museum in a historical context. A must see to all. Lest we forget. Keep our history alive.  more »
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  • Worth a visit. Entry is free, and they have a great collection. Nice displays.
  • This is one of the places I've enjoyed the most while visiting Champagne. The display in the main corridor outlines the history of the fort and the progress of World War I in general. The smaller rooms along it are filled with either collections of weapons, uniforms and other objects or dioramas, all of this well made. The outside portion of the fort has plaques describing what-is-what as well. There are a few interactive bits and some footage from the time period, and a lot of objects such as postcards, novelty items, posters, everyday items etc. So it gives you a lot of perspective both on WWI as a whole and in a more "close" or "human" sense. My one complaint is something that I've noticed in some other museums in France. The displays in the main corridor are in French, English, German and even Braille (French, I assume). Alas, everything else is in French only. This isn't much of a problem if a plaque just says "French cavalry helmet", but there were some items that had additional explanations given and I feel like I could have learned a lot more. Google won't let me take half a star away, though, and other than this I think this is a great place to visit, so I'm giving it a five. Some two-three hours seems like a good estimate for how long a visit takes. Well, maybe four if you are very thorough.

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