European Heritage Days 2020 at the Musée de la Gendarmerie Nationale

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 3 September 2020 at 11h00 · Updated on 14 September 2020 at 22h14
The Musée de la Gendarmerie Nationale (National Police Force Museum) takes part in European Heritage Days and will be free of charge on September 19 and 20. Enjoy the tour and discover the Les Gendarmes Crèvent l'Ecran (The National Police Force on the screen) exhibition.

The Musée de la Gendarmerie Nationale opens its doors for the 37thedition of the European Heritage Days.

This little-known museum is set in Melun, Île-de-France since 1978. Its role is to share the story of the institution (missions, officers' daily life, evolution of the national police force).

Covering two stories, you can enjoy 2,000 items including 44 mannequins set in a 8-m tall glass display, for an overview of the evolution of the uniform and the officers' gear. The collection also includes many and different items, from the musket of the Maréchaussée des Monnaies in the 18th century to the MR73, GIGN's traditional weapon and the different vehicles used by the national police force. The "chronothematic" alcove on the first and second floor return to the turning points for the police force: the constabulary, both empires, both world wars, colonization and decolonization, reforms, May 68, and many more key events.

The Musée de la Gendarmerie Nationale is currently returning on the character of police officer in movies and on TV shows. The police officer roles have changed since the 1930's all the way up to become top billing. From Cruchot to Marleau, come and discover how fiction approaches the different missions of the national police force and how it included more women!

Children will not leave the Musée de la Gendarmerie Nationale without their badge, they would have made themselves for a workshop all weekend long.

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020



    1-3 Rue Emile Leclerc
    77000 Melun


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