Visiting Meaux and the Seine-et-Marne department - Musée de la Grande Guerre

To note :
The museum will be exceptionally closed on Saturday July 20 (due to the passage of the Olympic flame).

Annual closure from August 19 to September 6, 2024.
Reopening on Saturday September 7 for the historical reenactment weekend.

Just 40 kilometres from Paris, between the meanders of the River Marne and the Ourcq canal, discover an ideal destination to enjoy a break and recharge your batteries with family and friends or on a romantic getaway.

Visiting Meaux and the Seine-et-Marne department

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Visiting Meaux and the Seine-et-Marne department
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A region steeped in history

After visiting the Great War Museum, visitors are encouraged to continue their journey through time to discover remembrance sites bearing witness to the terrible combat during the Battle of the Marne in September 1914.

Discover the “1914 Battle of the Marne” route:

The next stop is the old city of Meaux, offering fascinating walks through the Cité des Meldes (the Meldes were an old Celtic people), its surroundings, the market district and the bishops’ palace, overlooked by the majestic Saint-Étienne Cathedral. By venturing further into the old Pays des Valois, jewels of architecture, forts, ancient castles surrounded by lush green parks, authentic towns and charming villages are waiting to be explored.

Not to be missed :

  • The episcopal city, with the bishops’ residence and Saint Étienne Cathedral-Basilica is unique in Île-de-France.
  • Meaux, the former capital of the Brie region, has preserved its historic town centre, and its Gallo-Roman ramparts can still be seen in places.
  • The Bossuet Museum: The old episcopal palace today houses the Bossuet Museum of art and history, home to an exceptional collection of 17th– and 18th-century paintings.
  • The Château de Martroy, for some Napoleonic history
  • The remains of the Château de Montceaux-lès-Meaux


Go on a family treasure hunt !

Discover Meaux with a giant treasure hunt: 30 themed adventures and 200 historic figures to find. For this game, head into the streets of Meaux to collect the names of those who changed history. Discover the local area and enjoy a family walk, designed by the Île-de-France Region

Application available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store, under the name “Paris Region Aventures”


“Marne 1914” serious game

In this game, players follow Sam, a reporter thrust into the Battle of the Marne in and around Meaux. Characters suggest games and players have to find objects. This adventure plunges the amateur reporter right into the events of September 1914, from Meaux to La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, to discover the battlefields of the Marne.

Free game. Players must be on-site.

A breath of fresh air, a stone’s throw from Paris

Nestled in a nature reserve and playground for more than 200 species of bird including the bluethroat, the Grand Voyeux Regional Nature Reserve and its discovery trail offer walks through a myriad of landscapes. Among its many attractions, water is all around, as far as the eye can see.

In addition to waterways, the wealth of landscapes, lush forests, former hunting-grounds of the kings of France, and bucolic plains offer visitors the choice between many walks.

Not to be missed :

  • Parc du Pâtis park
  • Grand-Voyeux regional nature reserve
  • Montceaux-lès-Meaux forest
  • Walks
  • Ourcq canal

For food lovers

Who could resist stopping off to taste some Brie de Meaux cheese? Where did this prince of cheeses originate? A tour of the Maison du Brie de Meaux provides all the clues to its story. The cheesemakers of Meaux Saint-Faron, one of the few production sites of Brie de Meaux AOP, also offers the opportunity to discover the secrets of its production.

Not to be missed :

  • Brie de Meaux Museum
  • Saint-Faron cheese dairy
  • Meaux brewery
  • Meaux market
  • Ferme de la Vallière goat farm and cheese dairy
  • Rutel pick-your-own farm

Meaux - étape gourmande
Meaux - étape gourmande

Experiences for the whole family !

A wide variety of activities are available in the area, including concerts, shows, swimming, boat trips, guest golf, flight initiation, encounters with unusual animals, and guided tours. You’ll be sure to want to come back!

Not to be missed :

  • Boat trips on the Marne river with Marin d’Eau Douce
  • The Meaux-Boutigny 27-hole golf course, with access for guests and beginners
  • Meaux-Esbly aerodrome, for flight initiations in planes and ULMs
  • The Edentara exotic open farm, with 150 animals
  • Cycling tours: free bicycle loans by the Germinale association

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