Musée des confluences

Cher Ami, the story of an uncommon hero

From Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 October | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Nocturne on Thursday 12 October until 9:30 pm

Innovative interactive virtual reality installation/A documentary and entertaining experience.

With a virtual reality helmet, the player is put in the place of the pigeon Cher Ami during her flight full of obstacles. Flying over clouds and a raging battleground, the player must choose the direction of flight by a turn of the head.

It is with the support of spectators – still on the ground – that the pigeon can successfully complete her mission: deliver her famous message. In effect, the spectators have an interactive card and can follow the progress of the pigeon remotely. They transmit guidance in real time to the user of the virtual reality helmet. Appearing in the 3D world, they are supposed to guide the user and deliver the famous message… or lose it.

The experience relates to real historical events. It aims at providing elements of the context to users, such as archives, maps and testimonials, to complete this immersive experience and enable them to re-live this heroic story through an original perspective on war.


With the creative and digital studio Cher ami, Lyon.
Scientific partners: Eric Baratay, Professor of Contemporary History, University Lyon 3 - David Rosset, Departmental and Metropolitan Archives - Yves Thonnerieux, naturalist