2 exhibitions at the Army Museum

The EXPO ""As in 1940..." + "1940 ! Words of Rebels""

  • WE LOVE : 2 very educational and lively exhibitions on the situation in France in 1940
  • AGE : from 11 years
  • DATE: until January 10, 2021
  • LOCATION: Musée de l'Armée des Invalides (Paris 7th)
exhibition at the Musée de l'Armée

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the French campaign, the French capitulation and the Vichy government, the appeal of 18 June and the creation of Free France, the Army Museumat Les Invalides, presents two fascinating exhibitions for young audiences on life in France in 1940.

See also on the same theme: the Liberation Museum  - Exciting and free

"As in 40... The year 40 in France, a year rich in events

  • The exhibition seeks to retrace the atmosphere of this terrible year and its consequences for the population after the shock of defeat.It is the daily life of the French in 1940, of the prisoners of war, refugees, resistance fighters and the inhabitants of the different zones that is presented here.
  • 2 rooms, 2 atmospheres. The first room is essentially military. It shows maps in support of the French campaign and the defeat. The second room is about civilian life in the second half of 1940. What does it mean to be French and live in France after the armistice?
  • With more than 215 objects, archives, photographs, animated maps and multimedia devices, the exhibition presents the backstage and the way the French perceived this terrible year.
  • A very successful, immersive and icy exhibition not to be missed!

"1940 ! Words of Rebels": the exhibition dedicated to the Companions of the Liberation

  • This 2nd shorter exhibition also covers the year 1940. It focuses on the motivations for the commitment of the Compagnons de la Libération.
  • It is located in the museum of the Order of the Liberation, which is part of the Invalides museum (right next to the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides).
  • " 1940 ! Paroles de rebelles" is a really great and touching little exhibition. It questions the mysteries of commitment.
  • The exhibition questions the when, why and how of the commitment of the companions in 1940....even before General de Gaulle's speech.
  • Through numerous testimonies filmed (an extraordinary opportunity to see these men recount their commitment), accompanied by letters, war diaries and personal effects, the exhibition shows how and in the name of what values the first 1038 Resistance fighters fought for a free France.
  • An exemplary, very lively exhibition that will not leave the young public indifferent!

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Practical information

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  • Daily (except January 1, May 1, December 25)
  • From 10h to 18h
  • Nocturnal on Tuesdays until 9pm.

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