The site of the Column of the Grande Armée, a major component of Napoleonic history in the Boulogne region, casts light on the period of the Boulogne Camp during the First Empire and how the Legion of Honour became a national symbol. The museum presents the history of the site, including the old bronze statue of Napoleon at the top of the column, taken down after it was machine gunned by British planes during World War II, and archives tracing the history of the Column. On clear days, you can see the cliffs of Dover in England from the top of the Column, reached by climbing the 265 steps of the inside staircase.

Guided tours available for school groups (booking required).

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