To continue to exist, a museum must design exhibitions, arrange special events, display and take care of the objects in its collections and implement an ongoing acquisition policy.
The collections in the Verdun Memorial Museum consist mainly of donations.
In the 1960s, many of the documents, objects and equipment were donated by official bodies and individuals, many of them ex-servicemen. Thanks to a former pilot, Jean Salis, and his son, the Memorial has a Nieuport plane and a model of a Fokker.
Sponsors can also cover the restoration of items in the collection. The Marius Berliet Automobile Foundation, for example, recently undertook the complete restoration of a Berliet CBA truck from its own collection before lending it to the Mémorial de Verdun.
The conservation of current collections, temporary exhibitions, cultural and educational activities, the purchase of books for the documentation centre and the regular acquisition of new items for the museum’s collections are made possible mainly through the support of our many sponsors and financial partners.