Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation in Paris
The Musee de l’Ordre de la Liberation, basically translates to the Museum of the Order of the Liberation and is a museum in Paris that opened well over thirty years ago, which is located in the famous Hotel National des Invalides, within the Pavillion Robert de Cotte that houses the Chancellery of the Order.
This museum in Paris covers the heroic acts and feats of the individuals and groups that got together during World War II to support the battle in order to gain France its freedom and they were at the core of the Resistance movement.
Anyone that is interested in the history of France and in particular World War II, will be in their element with the different displays that are spread out over four different galleries. The first called the Free France Gallery, the second being The Resistance Gallery and the third being The Hall of Honour, which relates to the Deportation and the last is dedicated to Charles de Gaulle, and you can see a plan of the Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation de Paris along with additional information on our dedicated how to get Les Invalides page, although we would like to point out that the information is in French.
There are around 3,700 different artefacts, personal souvenirs, documents etc that are showcased within the Musee de l’Ordre de la Liberation and many of these depict tragic and moving events, like the farewell letter sent from a sixteen year old to his parents as he was sentenced to death.
You can also get to see the Koufra Flag, uniforms that belonged to a Normandy fighter squadron, the uniform of a woman Free France volunteer, original drawings made in concentration camps, underground newspapers, souvenirs taken from the enemy, decorations and medals awarded to the brave, various instruments that were used during World War II and much more.
The Deportation gallery relates to the Jews and Resistance that were deported to concentration camps and shows the outfits of two of the French Resistance, Lucienne Laurentie and Edmond Debeaumarche, who managed to survive the ordeal and were repatriated to France after the Liberation.
In addition to this, you have the section purely dedicated to General de Gaulle who was the Grand Master and founder of the order. And it is within this section of the French museum that you can get to see over 70 of his decorations along with his last military uniform, original manuscripts and much more like the chain of the grand master that was given to him in 1947 and on all old photos, you will see him wearing it with pride.
Visiting the Musee de l’Ordre de la Liberation
As we mentioned earlier, this French museum is located within the Hotel National des Invalides and you need to enter through the Musee de l’Armee in order to get to the Musee de l’Ordre de la Liberation.
The closest Metro stations are the Invalides and Varenne stops or you can also reach the museum via the RER on line C stopping at the Invaldies train station that also serves the Metro lines 8 and 13.
The museum of the Order of the Liberation is open from 10am through to 6pm from that start of April until the end of September, but from Octber to the end of March it is open from 10am to 5pm.
However, we would like to point out that it is closed on the first Monday of every month and as with many French museums, it is also closed on all National French holiday including 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.
As of 2020, the cost of admission is €14, although it is free to those under the age of 18 provided they are accompanied by an adult. Yet this cost does include the visit to the Musee de l’Armee, along with the Musee des Plans Reliefs, the Hotel des Invalides itself and the Eglise du Dome, which holds the Tomb of Napoleon I.
There is also a library with around 3,000 different works, however, we would like to point out that this can only be accessed by appointment and prior arrangement for specific purposes.
Paris Metro lines 8, 12, 13
Bus line 28
Bus lines 63, 69
Bus line 73
Bus lines 80, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87
Bus lines 92, 93, 94
Night bus lines N01, N02
RER Train line C