Only a 90-minute drive from Paris, the Sir John Monash Centre offers an outstanding Western Front experience for visitors to the Somme region of France.
As the newest addition to the existing Australian Remembrance Trail—which links battlefield sites from the Flanders region in southern Belgium down to the Somme River valley in northern France—the Sir John Monash Centre is a must see inclusion on any travel itinerary.
In accordance with French government directives, the Sir John Monash Centre is closed until further notice.
Closed from 25 December 2020 to 1 January 2021 inclusive, and from 1 February 2021 to 21 February 2021 inclusive.
COVID-19 and protecting our visitors
The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. To welcome you in the best possible conditions, the Sir John Monash Centre has put in place the following measures:
- All visitors and staff are required to wear a mask
- Alcohol-based hand rub will be available at the entrance and exit of the Centre
- The cleaning of the Centre has been reinforced and its frequency increased
- A one-way circulation plan has been put in place for the visit to respect social distancing measures
- Bookings are highly recommended for individuals and required for groups
To prevent the spread of the virus, we urge you to adopt the following safety measures:
- Comply with current social distancing guidelines of 1.5metres
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow
- Avoid physical greeting and contact
Entry to the Centre is free, and bookings are encouraged to secure your preferred time.
What to expect
A visit to the Centre will vary in length, based on your interests, but we recommend allowing approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
To gain the full experience of the Centre, visitors need to use their own mobile devices, headphones or ear buds, combined with the SJMC App. Free Wi-Fi access is available across the site.
Before visiting the Centre you’re encouraged to download the SJMC app and fully charge your mobile device.
Filming and Photography
You are welcome to take photos and films as part of your visit, for your personal, non-commercial use. However, please:
- avoid the use of flash and tripods
- avoid taking photos or filming people without permission
- avoid taking photos of children without permission from their parent or guardian
- look out for signs telling you where photography or filming is not allowed
- If you wish to take photographs or film for commercial use please speak to Centre staff
FOOD AND DRINKS
Food and drinks are available from the Centre cafe, however, they are not permitted in the galleries. The café is open daily between 10.00am and 5.00pm.
Accessible restrooms are available at the front of the site in the Orientation Building, and in the basement of the Sir John Monash Centre.
Lockers are currently unavailable.
While most strollers are permitted inside the Centre, please be advised that restrictions may apply.
The Sir John Monash Centre has been designed to cater to visitors of varying abilities. To enter the centre there are a series of ramps and a lift is available in the main building to access the locker and restroom facilities. Please contact us before your visit if you have any specific concerns.
Trained, registered and visibly identified assistance animals are welcome when accompanied by their handler.
Coach, car and disabled parking is available on site.
If you are travelling with a group, bookings are necessary to guarantee a booking time.