Previously situated just above Montparnasse train station, the Musée de la Libération de Paris now occupies the Ledoux pavilions on Place Denfert-Rochereau, opposite the entrance to the Catacombs. The 18th century site, classified as a historical monument, was not chosen by chance; it was here, twenty metres underground, that the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) established their command post during the decisive days preceding the Liberation of Paris.
It is in this highly symbolic place that the museum traces the history of the Liberation of Paris through the destinies of two dedicated figures: General Leclerc de Hauteclocque and Jean Moulin. The new exhibition layout, developed with the help of historians specializing in the period, presents a pedagogical and chronological overview of the main stages of the conflict, from the interwar period to the Occupation, and from the Resistance to Paris liberated.
To convey this period of history to as many people as possible, the scenography has been completely redesigned and is based on a collection enriched with some 300 or so objects, original documents, archival images and the personal testimonies of Parisians, plus innovative mediation tools. The museum offers an unprecedented immersion into the history of the Resistance with a visit in augmented reality of the place which the FFI of the Paris region and Colonel Rol-Tanguy made their headquarters.