Harnes - Musée d'Histoire et d'Archéologie
Musée d'Histoire et d'Archéologie de Harnes
The Remembrance Room
In 1925, the Harnes veterans from the First World War created the Remembrance Room. These veterans, concerned about preserving memories, decided to gather military items (helmets, medals, arms, photographs...) in a community hall, which they would display each year on 11 November.
Throughout the years, collections of First and Second World War memorabilia were amassed. At the beginning of the 1970s the Mayor of Harnes gave the veterans a 19th century mansion where they could display the military items from the Remembrance Room. The Association des Amis Du Vieil Harnes (Friends Association of Old Harnes) was created to manage the collections and set up the museum, which opened its doors in 1972.
The museum has several rooms relating to the two World Wars, the Resistance and Deportation. It also houses four archaeology rooms.
The museum was awarded Musée de France status in 2003.