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Monday, July 15, 2013

The La Valette Underground Military Museum in Guernsey

Originally built as fuel storage facility by the Germans, the La Vallette tunnels in Guernsey are now home to a military museum. The La Valette Underground Military Museum is housed in one of the 41 tunnels that was built during the German occupation of the Channel Islands.



The tunnels used to house fuel tanks during the German occupation period. Years later, after the occupation ended and Guernsey had returned to normal life an idea to convert the tunnels to a museum cropped up. The work began in 1987 and the museum opened its doors to the public in August 1988.


The museum covers all the main aspects of Guernsey's history with main focus on the German occupation in 1940s. It houses a lot of exhibits ranging from military buttons and medals, uniforms, weapons, books and maps, letters and posters.






Though the lighting is a bit poor and the exhibits are not labelled well, the museum is of interest if you are keen to learn more about WWII, military or old firearms in general. Lot of interesting stuff in the museum and you can easily spend a couple of hours looking at the artefacts which will take you back in time, giving you an idea of how life would have been in Guernsey during the German occupation.






The museum is at a short walks distance from the St Peter Port town centre and is well worth a visit for its unique setting and varied display of artefacts and memorabilia from the war times.


Opening times:
Open daily from mid-March to mid-November.
Time: 10am - 5pm.
Closed in winter.
Tickets: £5.00

LaValette Underground Military Museum,
St Peter Port,
Guernsey - GY1 1AX
Phone: 44 (0)1481 722300

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