Visit the SJMC

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.

Opening hours

From 16 April 2018, the Centre will open daily between 9.30am – 6.00pm until 31 October, and then from 9.30am – 5.00pm for the remainder of 2018.

Annual closing on 14 July and from mid-December to mid-January 2019.  Reduced opening hours apply 25 April

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.


Entry to the Centre is free, and bookings are encouraged to secure your preferred time.

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

Visitor amenities


Food and drinks are available from the Centre cafe, however, they are not permitted in the galleries.


Accessible restrooms are available in the Orientation building, at the front of the site, and in the main building of the Centre.


Personal possessions can be left in lockers, located in the basement, however, if you are concerned for any items security we recommend you take a small bag with you.

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.


Coach, car and disabled parking is available on site, and there is a drop-off zone just near the entry.


If you are travelling with a group, bookings are necessary to guarantee a booking time.

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