Memorial du Marachal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris
This museum is dedicated to General Philippe Leclerc who was a key military figure that worked alongside General de Gaulle and who was instrumental in the liberation of Paris during World War II.
About the Memorial du Marachal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris
The Memorial Museum of General Leclerc and the Liberation of Paris along with a second museum called the Musee Jean Moulin that is dedicated to Jean Moulin, who was an artist and French resistance fighter during World War II, are symbolically located in the heart of the Montparnasse area.
It was at the original train station called the Gare de l’Ouest that General Philippe Leclerc set up his headquarters and captured the German Commander General Dietrich Von Cholitz, forcing him to sign the surrender and twenty different ceasefire orders. So it is very fitting that this museum in Paris is now located at the Jardin Atlantique above the new train station called the Gare Montparnasse.
The Memorial du Marechal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris was designed by historians who specialised in the Second World War and Jacques Chirac, inaugurated this museum on 24th August 1994, which was the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Paris from German Occupation.
The galleries dedicated to General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, who was the commander of the 2nd Armoured Division, are symbolically linked to the galleries and the area devoted to the Liberation of Paris along with the Musee Moulin and this museum in Paris provides an insight into the life of this incredible man.
You will find a wide variety of different items on display and personal items that belonged to General Marshal Leclerc, including jackets and a helmet that he used to wear whilst in Africa and China along with walking canes.
Display cases are also located in the centre of each gallery and in these you will be able to discover more about the activities of General Leclerc and his men from Douala to Koufra, the Normandy landings to Paris and Cochin China etc.
In addition to these, within the Memorial du Marechal Leclerc de Hauteclocque there are documents such as identity cards, photos and files of General Marshal Leclerc and even coded messages of the 2nd Armoured Division along with many more interesting things to see such as newspapers and posters.
And the museum has been designed in such a way to pay tribute to the epic life of General Leclerc and it also places a major emphasis on the historical events that took place during World War II and is divided into themes in a way that allows the visitors to get the most out of the experience.
In fact, the gallery that is dedicated to the Liberation of Paris has a very specific layout in a very large semi-circular room where there are audiovisual displays and a short film made up from archive footage and photographs with archive audio recordings, that is then projected onto a large picture wall.
Access to Memorial du Marechal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris Museum
Located in the 15th Arrondissement, this museum is situated within the Jardin Atlantique above the tracks of the Gare Montparnasse train station in Paris and there are several ways to get there.
One entrance to the Memorial du Marechal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris is through the Gare Montparnasse train station, as you will find a staircase on the second floor of the station close to the departure lounge to the left of the TGV platform No 3, that leads to the Atlantic Garden on the roof, which the museum borders on.
But for those with mobility problems there are also two lifts. One elevator is located in front of 4 Rue du Commandant Rene Mouchotte and the other lift is in front of 25 Boulevard de Vaugirard. Yet, if you require disabled assistance, then you would need to phone in advance.
This museum is open on a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 10am to 6pm, yet it is closed on a Monday and on all French National Holidays, and you will be pleased to know that entry is completely free of charge for the permanent collections, however there is a charge for temporary exhibitions and this varies in cost.
The Memorial du Marechal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris also has a research centre, which is accessible on a weekday by prior arrangement by telephoning +33 (0) 1 40 64 39 41.
Plus there are guided lecture tours available for groups and for more information or booking you would need to phone +33 (0) 1 40 64 39 44.
When it comes to public transport in Paris, the nearest Metro station is called the Montparnasse - Bienvenue or of course you can reach the Jardin Atlantique and the museum plus the Musee Jean Moulin via train into the Gare Montparnasse station, yet these are also accessible via Paris bus on numbers 28, 58, 88, 91, 92, 95, and 96.