The museum retraces, though a clever scenography, the night spent here by Napoleon, just before the Battle of Waterloo. The family friendly scenography recreates the atmosphere of the Emperor's headquarters through a clever setting and a selection of objects dating back to 1815.
Close your eyes for a second and travel back in time. We are the evening of June 17th, 1815. Napoleon and his imperial troops are here, a few kilometres away from Waterloo. The tension is palpable, the details of the fight with the British troops are being thought and rethought. Only a few hours and the battle will begin.
A historical location and an immersive experience
Standing there, in the Ferme du Caillou, it's easy to imagine the tense atmosphere the evening of June 17th, 1815. Napoleon's camp bed is there, as is the table on which he would have been refining his battle plans. There are weapons, engravings, paintings, even the skeleton of a French Hussar. Though the windows, you can see the orchard, used by the troops as a bivouac. It seems fitting it is now used for yearly commemorations of the battle.
Perfect for families and school groups
Fun and sensory activities allow visitors of all ages to imagine the life of the soldiers and the and strategic thinking of the Emperor. The hands-on side of the exhibition is sure to make quite an impression on children.
The museum made a point of making this memorial space easily accessible to those with reduced mobility, both inside and outside the building.s. It offers a written version of the audio guide content for those with hearing difficulties as well as sensory activities and aids for the visually impaired.
Step into Napoleon's Waterloo headquarters to relive a page of history.
- Outdoor catering
- Free catering
- Library or document centre
- Visitor guide for groups
- Access for PRM (autodeclared)
- Training materials on request
- Car parking
- Cycle rack