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Museum of the Resistance
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Ranked #26 of 228 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Owner description: A museum and depository of historical documents regarding the French resistance to Nazi occupation, of which Lyon played a central role.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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed 7 June 2014

In the former Gestapo headquarters, this museum is an outstanding journey through the dark days of occupation, deportation and resistance. It was a three hour visit for us, and my wife is neither a real museum or war buff.The museum is heavy on reading, so don't forget your reading glasses. There are audio guides if your reading in French is weak. Very moving audio temoignages (French and English) by those who lived through the war years. Inexpensive entry charge with a good little bookstore.

1  Thank Donald S
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

A must-see. The museum is comprehensive without overwhelming you with too much information. The museum is housed in the former Gestapo headquarters. The heart of the museum are the filmed interviews with people sharing their experiences during the Second World War and the Resistance. Watch the films to get a real sense of the past. The 13-minute film with a camp survivor is one of the longest, but very moving. The films can be seen in English and French.

2  Thank christina s
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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

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