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“An Important Reminder of the Brutality of War”

Museum of the Resistance
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Ranked #25 of 229 things to do in Lyon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A museum and depository of historical documents regarding the French resistance to Nazi occupation, of which Lyon played a central role.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The museum provided a well organized and striking presentation of World War II and it's impact on life in Lyon. The development of the resistance movement, the tensions between the different resistance factions and the sacrifices people made were presented well. The deportations of resistance members who were captured was a vivid part of the museum. There was less about the deportation of the Jewish population of Lyon which I think was one of the few aspects of the museum that could be improved. In general, it was a good learning experience and not to be missed. My friend and I spent about two hours in the museum and found it all very interesting.

1  Thank Jane G
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

The Resistance and deportation certer is housed in the former Military medical school, the same building that served as the Gestapo headquarters in Lyon, after 1942. The exhibit shows in a very detailed, emotionally charged way the historical progress of the resistance in France, the disagreements between the various political parties, the challenges between the occupied and free France, and finally the union under Jean Moulin, the Resistance’s leader. It also gives information (pictures, diaries, listings and digital testimonies) about the deportation of thousands of Jews from Lyon as well as the imprisonment and the expulsion of members of the French resistance. It also provides extracts from the Klaus Barbie trial, the first trial for crimes against humanity in France. At the end of the tour, a video show displays scenes from Lyon’s liberation and the “human” perspective of locals and how they viewed the “liberators” as well as the challenges they had to face in rebuilding the city. The videotaped testimonies offer an English translation and you can get an English translation of the various displays at the entrance. It’s truly a memorable visit, one that takes you back into history and offers a different perspective of the city.

8  Thank SophiaK
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

To find the museum you need to go in to the central courtyard then Look for the signs. The museum is well laid out with a lot of English translations. It gives a good narrative of the resistance movement in lyon and there are several small tvs allowing you to get personal accounts

Thank ggmck186338
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

The best parts of this are the films (the long one on the trial of Klaus Barbe (sp?) and all the shorter ones throughout the museum detailing the experiences of those in the resistance -- all with English translations or subtitles) but even with a fairly good knowledge of France during WWII there was little context given in English. There is a pamphlet available in English at the Coat Check but it doesn't tie well to the various exhibits. Also, for those of us Americans whose parents risked or lost their lives in WWII, it is disappointing to note that the only mention of those brave Americans that I saw was a mention of how it was Allied bombing that damaged Lyon. Still, the story this museum seeks to tell is an important one that must be respected and remembered.

Thank vinnyandbabs
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

This covers the Holocost from a French point of view--- with parts going beyond the terrible event that Jewish people specifically suffered. It is housed in a building that served as Gestopo headquarters during the war. This is certainly not a fun and feel good subject. But an important part of French history.

2  Thank georgeinfrance
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