Valmanya Museum

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Valmanya Museum

Post by collioure_bee » Mon 23 Aug 2010 11:56

I know they have a small museum there dedicated to the events during the war there, but can't find opening times. Anyone know them?

Also need detailed directions to the camp at Rivesaltes as I don't know that end of Perpignan. Cheers.
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Post by Sav » Mon 23 Aug 2010 12:56

collioure_bee wrote: Also need detailed directions to the camp at Rivesaltes as I don't know that end of Perpignan. Cheers.
Its not difficult to find
Quote: route d'Opoul D5 de l'A9 prendre sortie Perpignan nord puis direction Opoul-Tautavel entreprise Méditerranée puis direction musée mémorial.
http://www.culture.fr/fr/recherche_deta ... tes%20camp

Its at the end of an industrial estate if i remember correctly
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Post by collioure_bee » Mon 23 Aug 2010 15:12

Thanks sav, top stuff as usual.
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Post by taniyadennison » Tue 24 Aug 2010 13:18

Colioure-Bee,

The museum in Valmanya doesn't have any dedicated opening times. The key is held in the Mairie, but the Mayor is usually only around at weekends. The other way to get it is to go to the house opposite the boules square (the one with the gas bottles round the side) and ask Mme Reinne - she also holds the key.

It's a fascinating little (& I mean little) museum, particularly if you are interested in the war-time history of the village. The Croix-du-Guerre awarded to the Commune is there - beautifully displayed in a €2 clip frame! There are also some interesting displays about the iron-ore mining in the area.

Enjoy.
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Post by taniyadennison » Tue 24 Aug 2010 13:19

PS While you're there don't forget to visit the small War Memorial dug out of the rocks by the side of the road - on your RHS as you go out of the village up towards Col Palomere.
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Post by collioure_bee » Tue 24 Aug 2010 14:24

Thank you so much Taniya. I used to deliver parcels there so know how quiet the place is, but my brother who is visiting and myself are both into WWII history so a visit is certainly on the cards. Thanks for your information.
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Post by thumbelina » Tue 24 Aug 2010 14:35

Whilst you're at it, you should try the museum at St Laurent - more about the Retirada than WW2 but equally fascinating

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Re: Valmanya Museum

Post by Marguerite & Steve » Tue 24 Aug 2010 15:47

Sav wrote:
collioure_bee wrote: Also need detailed directions to the camp at Rivesaltes as I don't know that end of Perpignan. Cheers.
Its not difficult to find
Quote: route d'Opoul D5 de l'A9 prendre sortie Perpignan nord puis direction Opoul-Tautavel entreprise Méditerranée puis direction musée mémorial.
http://www.culture.fr/fr/recherche_deta ... tes%20camp

Its at the end of an industrial estate if i remember correctly
If you see the wind turbines, then you have arrived.
You can't miss it as you will see it as you are driving along, I feel sad everytime we drive past it.. :(
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