Marshal Joffre Museum
Birthplace of Marshal Joffre. Source: Website of Rivesaltes town council (www.rivesaltes.fr).
In honour of the soldier who was made a Marshal of France in 1916, the commune acquired Joffre’s birthplace and turned it into a museum.
Marshal Joffree was born on 12 January 1852, in Rivesaltes. In honour of the soldier who was made a Marshal of France in 1916, the commune acquired Joffre’s birthplace and turned it into a museum.
It was officially opened on 10 January 1987, by the then state secretary to the Minister of Defence, Jacques Boyon.
On the ground floor, formerly the stables, cooperage and entrance hall, the display presents the key moments in Joffre’s life. There are two sculptures of the Marshal, 30 panels of 200 photographs charting his career and a display presenting the main battles of the First World War.
On the first floor of the family apartment, visitors can see Joffre’s study, complete with its original furnishings, together with historical paintings and gifts from Spanish and South American Catalans. On display in the antechamber are objects (kepi, sword and bicorn hat of the French Academy) and mannequins dressed as infantry soldiers from 1914-15, as well as the Marshal’s own uniforms. The kitchen and the bedroom in which Joffre was born have been recreated.
The top floor, which served as a hayloft, is devoted mainly to the Battle of the Marne, with an animated relief map and projections recreating the key moments. A 50-minute film charts the main events of the First and Second World Wars. Outside, at the edge of the path, is a statue of Marshal Joffre on horseback.
11, rue du Maréchal Joffre - 66600 Rivesaltes
Tel.: +33 (0)4 68 64 24 98 or (0)4 68 64 04 04
Fax: +33 (0)4 68 38 50 88
Open daily, 8 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 6 pm, except weekends.
June to September, 8 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 6 pm; weekends, 2 pm to 6 pm.
Closed on bank holidays. Free admission.
11 rue du Maréchal à Joffre - 66600
04 68 64 24 98 04 68 64 04 04
Ouvert la semaine de 8h à 12h et de 14h à 18h.De juin à septembre de 8h à 12h et de 14h à 18h sauf le week-end de 14h à 18h
Fermé les jours fériés et les week-end d'octobre à mai.