The museum is designed as a passer-on of history and of individual stories to coming generations. Although the permanent exhibition may be the highpoint of a visit to the facility, other areas on its sidelines are designed to breathe fresh life into the museum on a daily basis:
- a bookshop / gift shop will be selling key works on the First World War (specialised magazines, novels, general-interest and specialised history books, etc.) as well as theme-based cultural articles.
a documentation centre whose purpose is to provide supplementary materials to help visitors in their exploration of the museum and understanding of the Great War. To this end, over 8000 works have been amassed, including general and specialised works, contemporary periodicals and journals devoted to the Great War, theme-based documentary files, academic works, archives relating to the museum's history, historical archives (military ratings, etc.), journals and newspapers of the day (Le Petit Parisien, etc.), plans and maps, collections of photographs, and audiovisual and digital documents. Open to researchers, historians, and teachers, and to the general public upon appointment, the documents it conserves will enable anyone interested in the period to widen their knowledge of the subject while acquainting themselves with key authors of the day.
The documentation centre will also play a part in cultural mediation actions in the context of educational projects implemented with teachers or with sectors of the public requiring specially adapted accompaniment [children, the physically disabled, the mentally impaired, the hearing or speech impaired, etc.].
- a 115-seat auditorium providing a venue for a wide variety of cultural programming: lecture series, film screenings, readings, concerts, plays, etc. Cultural programming will be starting in January 2012.
- 2 educational rooms for reception of school groups and development of discovery workshops, equipped with an interactive whiteboard.