Musee Jean Moulin museum in Paris
The Musee Jean Moulin is dedicated to the prefect, artist and French Resistance fighter Jean Moulin and this museum is also linked to the Memorial du Marachel Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de Liberation de Paris, which is dedicated to World War II and the Liberation of Paris.
About Musee Jean Moulin
Even though Jean Moulin was a prefect, he was also an artist and used to frequent places such as the Closerie des Lilas Brasserie within the Montparnasse area that was very popular with many different artists during the roaring twenties.
But Jean Moulin eventually became the recognised leader of the French Resistance movement during World War II and this museum was designed by historians that specialised in World War II dedicated to this incredible person who played such a major role in the war efforts.
The Musee Jean Moulin is linked to the memorial museum of General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque who managed to capture the German Commander Von Cholitz and get him to surrender when being held at the old Gare de l’Ouest train station, and is also linked to a section dedicated to the Liberation of Paris.
The museum is very aptly and symbolically located at the Jardin Atlantique, which is above the new train station in Paris called the Gare Montparnasse, and it was inaugurated on 24th August 1994 by Jacques Chirac, which was on the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris from the German Occupation.
Within the Musee Jean Moulin museum you will find that there are displays detailing the career of the artist, the town prefect and him as a Resistance fighter, right through to when he unfortunately died from his injuries sustained after being tortured by the Germans.
There are moving audio and visual presentations with a major emphasis on historical events that took place around this epic person and you will be able to discover some of his drawings and different documents such as the fake identity card in the name of Joseph Mercier, which is the assumed name he took during the war.
Some of the other items on display include a suitcase radio that he used for communications, pictures of him, documentation and other items like underground leaflets all relating to the resistance both in France and abroad plus much more. And these will provide the visitor with a greater understanding of the roles these Free France fighters played, how Jean Moulin became the unifying force behind the French Resistance movement and what it would have been like to be in the resistance at the time.
Access to Musee Jean Moulin in Paris
Situated in the 15th Arrondissement, this museum is located 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 Musee Jean Moulin 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, and this leads to the Atlantic Garden on the roof, which is where this museum in Paris 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 and arrange this in advance.
This museum is open on a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 10am to 6pm, yet it is always closed on a Monday and on all French National Holidays, but 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 these exhibitions do vary in cost.
The Musee Jean Moulin 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.
Now 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 Memorial du Marachel Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Liberation de Paris via train directly into the Gare Montparnasse station, yet these are also accessible via bus on numbers 28, 58, 88, 91, 92, 95, and 96.