PARIS -- New national galleries devoted to World War II were
scheduled to open to the public on July 1 at the Museum of the
French Army here.
"This is the first large, national museum in Paris with
something very detailed about the different aspects of the Second
World War in France -- the Free French and the collaborationist
Vichy regime," a Paris Convention & Visitors Bureau spokesman
He said the new galleries were designed to complement
educational presentations and be accessible to children and young
adults "who don't know the story of France during World War II, as
well as older adults."
The permanent, multimedia-enhanced exhibits occupy three levels
and about 21,500 square feet within central Paris' Invalides, a
former military hospital that now houses the army museum plus one
of Paris' most recognizable domes, Eglise de Dome, site of
Although the older part of the army museum only provides
information on exhibits in French, written elements of the new
World War II galleries are translated into English and Spanish.
The army museum opened in 1905 and is visited by approximately 1
million visitors annually, 75% of whom are foreigners.
Most of the museum's foreign visitors are from the U.S., a
French Government Tourist Office
Phone: (212) 745-0956 or (212) 745-0957