Musée de la Liberation de Paris - Musee du general Leclerc - Musee Jean Moulin

Musée de la Liberation de Paris - Musee du general Leclerc - Musee Jean Moulin

Musée de la Liberation de Paris - Musee du general Leclerc - Musee Jean Moulin

Musée de la Liberation de Paris - Musee du general Leclerc - Musee Jean Moulin
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Military Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Montparnasse
The namesake tower of Montparnasse dominates over the landscape but the fun part is the throbbing life that goes on below it. Bright lights, busy cinemas, brasseries and diners encompass hidden museums and parks to entertain the masses. Long avenues lead away from the tower to take you to unsuspecting places and historical monuments and treasures. In between lie adorable ivy-covered houses with beams and small gardens to match. Just a short metro ride away from the centre of Paris this neighbourhood has something for every hour of the day.
How to get there
  • Denfert-Rochereau • 1 min walk
  • Denfert-Rochereau • 1 min walk
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4.0
105 reviews
Excellent
49
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34
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3

Olaf B
Palma de Mallorca, Spain157 contributions
Excellent introduction and realistic representation
Aug. 2020
Recently opened this museum is a must do for visitors to Paris. Take your time to find out. It is more than, as described above, a mere military museum. It is an excellent place to understand the social history of Paris in war and crisis. The presentattions are a good choice, just a perfect middle between a lot of detail and a comprehensive overview. Never boring. Take two hours to 150 minutes. Really worth it. I recommend it as military historian.
Written 10 August 2020
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peter l
Morecambe, UK2 contributions
Little gem
Jul. 2020 • Family
Nice find whilst waiting for my tour time at the catacombs. Intresting musium and nice staff all happy to explain things in English as my French is very limited.

Cheap tickets worth a visit.
Written 26 July 2020
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Helen C
11 contributions
Super Visit
Jul. 2020 • Family
Really well laid out and interesting museum. Easy to follow narrative that was informative. Went with my 15 year old who is very interested in military history. Wouldnt recommend for young children.
Written 22 July 2020
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127Fred
London, UK575 contributions
Little new...
Mar. 2020
... on this period of history that many people want to forget. A lot is shown about the pains of the population, about the joys at liberation, about the determination of resistance, and of course about the glory of De Gaulle.

Less is told about the futility and high human cost of resistance, about collaboration, and about the shortcomings that led to a war being so quickly lost.
Written 14 March 2020
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E17_KJ
London, UK1,123 contributions
Interesting but hard to follow
Feb. 2020 • Solo
I love a free museum, and a good WWII museum. While there’s lots of interesting information here I found the layout very confusing, with no easily discernible route to follow. So I can’t be sure I missed one or more sections. It’s possible my lack of French meant I missed some vital directions.
Written 12 February 2020
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Debra M
43 contributions
Don't overlook this museum
Jan. 2020
I can only echo what other recent positive reviews have noted. This is a terrific museum and it is free... One learns more about the resistance and liberation stories in Paris through pictures, videos, and interactive exhibits. The underground control center was worth it and brought to mind Churchill's war rooms in London. There is sufficient English in the way of explanations for those who speak it. Not really good for young children, more for mature kids (and adults!) interested in history.

While this museum may be a little out of the way from typical tourist areas it is worth the trip on the metro or the walk. It's literally across the street from the Catacombs (which does require a ticket) so you could combine the two attractions if you want. The neighborhood is also lovely---not as crowded but with plenty of restaurants to choose from (will review the wonderful Le Verre Siffleur separately) and small shops (bought beautiful ceramic jewelry at Vesna Garic, also reviewed).

So not only is the museum worth the trip but you can make a day of it easily. Highly recommended.
Written 12 January 2020
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globalfinder312
Chicago, IL131 contributions
Excellent! A concise and compelling overview of the liberation of Paris during WWII
Jan. 2020
The liberation of Paris during WWII was the hard-earned outcome of multiple efforts, including those of the French army, different wings of the French Resistance, the general population (at great risk to themselves), before and during the critical efforts of the Allies. In this small, ambitious, and wonderfully curated museum featuring photos, documents, and videos, you will learn how General Leclerc, Paul Moulin, Charles de Gaulle and countless other known and unknown contributors and combatants fought not only the Nazis, but also the French Vichy government, lead by Marshall Petain. There are helpful timelines showing the dates of key events.

Don't miss the tour of the underground Resistance bunker, where efforts to coordinate resistant efforts took place in the face of diminishing resources. It requires walking 90 stairs up and down, and features individual headsets that provide a holographic tour by a member of the Resistance. Afterwards, you can tour the space on your own.

The museum is easily reached on the Metro. It is free and reasonably small, so try to visit at less-busy times of the day. Sign up for the recommended bunker tour when you first enter the museum. Most displays are in French and English. There is an excellent bookstore upstairs. All told, we spent about two hours in the museum and could have stayed longer.

I came away with a better understanding of the complexity of events before, during, and after liberation. My husband, who knows much more WWII history than I do, enjoyed it just as much. While WWII is a serious subject,, I believe this is a worthwhile opportunity for kids over 12 years old to learn about this important period of history right where it happened.
Written 9 January 2020
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SNP
2 contributions
New location and completely redone
Dec. 2019
Excellent museum on the WW2 occupation of Paris and the events around its liberation. Visually engaging, in a convenient new location, and free. Presentation are historically objective, showing heroic and venal aspects of the occupation. Lots of objects to evoke the period, biographies or key individuals, and well-done films. Only disappointment was that the command post was closed when we visited.
Written 29 December 2019
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Shena Y
Dunblane, UK150 contributions
interesting photographs and footage but could have been better presented
Nov. 2019
this is a very new museum , opened this year, but it misses being the really fascinating story that actually happened. By concentrating on 2 of the figures. it misses telling the story of how the occupation was for ordinary Parisiens
Written 28 November 2019
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Olivier F
Paris, France19 contributions
most interesting but not about resistance during WW2
Nov. 2019
Many most interesting videos about some remarkable events. Handicaped people cannot go down to the bunker.
Written 28 November 2019
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