Built upon the initiative of His Grace Ginisty, Bishop of Verdun, Douaumont Ossuary was inaugurated on 7th August 1932 by the President of the French Republic, Albert Lebrun.
On the 137m-long façade, the shields of each town or city having helped build the Ossuary can be seen. Its 46m-high tower overlooks the entire battlefield.
The cloister consists of 22 cavities each containing 46 granite graves. Each grave represents a sector of the battlefield and contains the remains found in this sector.
At each end of the cloister is a 350m vault to contain the excess remains of sectors having endured heavy losses.
In front of the Ossuary, Douaumont military cemetery contains the graves of 15.000 identified French soldiers.
- January 2016 : closed
- February (open on 3rd) : from Monday to Friday : 09:00 to 12:00 / 2:00 to 5:00
- February : Saturday and Sunday : 2:00 to 5:00
- March : from Monday to Friday : 09:00 to 12:00 / 2:00 to 5:30
- March : Saturday and Sunday : 10:00 to 12:00 / 2:00 to 5:30
- April to June : from Monday to Friday : 09:00 to 6:00
- April to June : Saturday and Sunday : 10:00 to 6:00
- July and August : 09:00 to 6:30
- September: from Monday to Friday : 09:00 to 6:00
- September : Saturday and Sunday : 10:00 to 6:00
- October from Monday to Friday : 09:00-5:30
- October Saturday and Sunday : 10:00-5:30
- November from Monday to Friday : 9:00 - 12:00 / 2:00 - 5:00
- November Saturday and Sunday : 10:00 - 12:00 / 2:00 - 5:00
- December (except december 25th and January 1st 2017 ) : 2:00-5:00
An entrance fee is required for access to the tower and / or the film in the basement.
- € 4 per adult
- 1 free adult for 20 paying people