The history museum of the 20th Century


This museum which was desired and created by the former resistance fighters of the Secret Army of the Loire and of the town of Estivareilles opened in 1984, 40 years after the war. The main exhibition theme of this museum is all about Estivareilles Fights during the Second World War, more precisely in August 1944 (these events made the origins of the site).


The museum retraces the history of the 20th century, following the main episodes of this period. Its modern and interactive presentation seduces both children and adults. Indeed you can test and touch various objects, listenning to a back ground music, and watch historical films which ponctuate your visit.
Discover as well the surprising collection "Pictures and Sounds", made up with a vibrant cinema collection.


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  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Lift
  • Covered picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Camper van reception area
  • Exhibition space
  • Book shop
  • Car park
  • Film room
  • Parking
  • Coach parking


  • Educational visits
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Shop
  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Permanent entertainments organiser
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Cash point
  • Guided tours


Adult: from 4 €
Child : from 2.50 €
Group adults: from 3.50 €
Group children : from 2.50 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years, the drivers.
Child entry valid for 6 - 12 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Payment options

  • Check Check
  • Travellers Cheque Travellers Cheque
  • Cash Cash
  • Credit transfer Credit transfer
  • Culture voucher

Opening period

From 01/01 to 31/03 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed Monday and Saturday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st.

From 01/04 to 11/11, daily between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on 16/10/2023.

From 12/11 to 31/12 between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed Monday and Saturday.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.

Spoken languages

  • English English
  • French French

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  • Tips : - Interactive elements : a pictogram untitled "Eléments interactifs", that you will see throughout your visit, will facilitate the discovery of the museum.

    - Free game for kids (6-13) "Mène ton enquête !" : Throughout time, kids climb on ladders, search for answers to solve the museum's enigma !

    - Visiting guide for kids (7-13 years old) : with those, the kids go around in the museum autonomously and become the museum "guides".

    - Visioguides : select on the tactile screen of your visioguide short filmed sequences and find with emotion men and women who made the local Resistance's history.


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The history museum of the 20th Century 456 route du musée 42380 Estivareilles 04 77 50 29 20