Morvan Resistance Museum
Vue d'une salle du musée. © ARORM
Officially opened on 26 June 1983 by François Mitterrand, Morvan Resistance Museum is the work of historians and former resistance fighters.
Housed in the Maison du Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan, the museum offers an insight into the role and importance of the Resistance in the region during the Second World War.
Its sizeable collection brings visitors into close contact with history.
Large numbers of objects, archive documents, materials, photographs and weaponry are displayed in three rooms: Occupation, Resistance, and Liberation and Remembrance.
Midway through the visit, a digital portrait from the Morvan “Digital Gallery” plunges visitors into the world of the maquis rural resistance groups.
The first room, on the Occupation, looks at patriotic feeling and the defence of Morvan from 1940, followed by the impact of the German Occupation: occupied towns and villages, restrictions on freedoms, rationing, requisitioning, Nazi repression, and so on.
In the face of German and Vichyist propaganda, the Resistance organised itself, with underground newspapers and pamphlets, brave acts by local personalities, etc.
This second room presents the first acts of resistance through to the formation of the maquis, through a variety of materials, photographs, weapons and clothing, and the assistance provided by the Allies (parachute drops, containers, letters, mannequins, etc.).
Liberation and Remembrance
Morvan played a strategic role in the liberation of the region.
The maquis liberated Morvan in September 1944, through acts of sabotage, fighting and pitched battles, represented here by photos, reconstructions and objects.
The visit ends with a look at remembrance and the philosophy of the Resistance, through photographs of expressions of remembrance, steles and monuments (poems, texts, letters, etc.).
“The Morvan Maquis” is a new digital portrait from Morvan’s “Digital Gallery”.
Situated at midway point in the permanent exhibition, “The Morvan Maquis” is an immersive projection space presenting daily life in the maquis.
In this space, a film is shown on two screens: one shows documents directly related to maquis life, while the other places events in the national and international context of the war.
The installation immerses the visitor in the world of the Morvan maquis, showing how they were organised on a day-to-day basis, and examining their actions, their camps, the roles played by their leaders, and the hunger, fear and courage involved.
From personal stories to major historical events, the portrait focuses on the people, both men and women, involved in these maquis groups, who ultimately played a key role in the liberation of France.
The museum makes an excellent contribution to curriculum requirements in history, history of art and civic education for schools and colleges. It offers students and teachers a practical approach to various themes specific to the Second World War, as well as the concepts of human rights, freedom, political engagement, tolerance and solidarity. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on the values of the French Republic and the founding principles of European unity.
Finally, it offers students a practical insight into civic engagement.
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Maison du Parc 58230
03 86 78 72 99
Full price: € 6.50 Young people: € 4 Groups: € 4 Free for children under 8 and members of the organisation Morvan, Terre de Résistances – ARORM Passes/combination tickets (children aged 8 to 15, unemployed, families with four or more members, “Clé des Musées” pass, and students): € 4 “Résistance” pass (access to the Resistance Museum and the Dun-les-Places Memorial): € 8.50
Daily (except Tuesdays and Saturday mornings), 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm, from May to September. Daily (except Tuesdays and Saturday mornings), 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm, in April, October and November. Daily, 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm, in July and August.
11 November to 1 April. Local tourist office: Maison du Parc - 58230 Saint-Brisson - Tel.: +33 (0)3 86 78 79 57