A museum that traces the occupation and liberation of Paris
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Free for all, except temporary exhibitions

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Rate : free permanent collection for all
Place Denfert-Rochereau (Paris 14e)

The permanent exhibitions

  • The museum of the Liberation of Paris reopened in August 2020 (for the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris) in a new space located in the 14th arrondissement in Paris (just opposite the Catacombs of Paris).
  • This museum has been totally redesigned and is a great success. He has moved to a symbolic place just above the underground tunnels used for passive defense and then in August 44 by the resistance
  • It brings together historical works and documents to better understand the occupation, the resistance, the fighting, the repression and finally the liberation of Paris
  • This museum asks the question of commitment, of choice", explains Sylvie Zaidman, director of the museum..
  • 2 great figures of the Liberation are highlighted to better understand their motivations: Philippe de Hautecloque (who became General Leclerc) and Jean Moulin, two personalities with very different values but with one thing in common: the desire to put their lives on the line in order to liberate France.
  • An important part of the museum is also dedicated to occupied France. We can see rationing tickets, a yellow star, children's shoes with wooden soles?
  • It is an exciting museum, very educational with many digital and interactive mediation devices
  • The permanent exhibitions of the Liberation Museum are free for all
  • Only temporary exhibitions are subject to a fee

The permanent collection is dedicated to Jean Moulin and General Leclerc

  • The Museum of the Liberation of Paris presents more than 7000 pieces including photographs, videos, archival documents and objects of everyday life and military objects that evoke the resistance, fighting, repression, clandestinity and freedom regained
  • The very successful scenography allows you to immerse yourself in this very dark period of French history
  • The museum focuses on two French resistance fighters (Jean Moulin and General Leclerc) whose common goal was the liberation of France, of which the Liberation of Paris is the strongest symbol
  • She brings together a collection of objects that belonged to General Leclerc  and his troops, objects from the Fondation du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque)
  • Also presented are objects from the Jean Moulin collection (bequest of Antoinette Sasse, and bequest of Andrée Dubois and Suzanne Escoffier, her cousins). This collection consists of archives, photographs, letters, drawings, private correspondence during the war, furniture, etc. It is very moving

The underground shelter of the resistance

  • The site of the museum was chosen to be above the underground shelter where the resistance had established its command post in August 44
  • It was a passive defense shelter, located 20 meters under the museum and used as a command post by Colonel Rol (future Rol-Tanguy), head of the FFI in the Paris region, during the decisive week of the Liberation of Paris.
  • This is the first time that this shelter is open to the public. It is a new and unusual visit with the support of augmented reality headsets
  • You have to go down and then up 99 steps to reach this former passive defense shelter. The visit is by reservation during a 30-minute visit. Reservations can only be made once at the museum. A tip: sign up for a visit as soon as you arrive at the museum.

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