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Musee de la Gendarmerie Nationale

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Musee de la Gendarmerie Nationale

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Jemzy1994 wrote a review Feb 2016
London, United Kingdom37 contributions4 helpful votes
Really well laid out museum and super informative. Really appreciated having a lot of the information in English as my French is not great. I have a deep appreciation for the work the Gendarmerie do and I'm proud to have friends currently serving within it and this museum allowed me to understand the history so much better. This place also had a bit more meaning for me as one of my friends actually attended the Gendarmerie school situated basically next door. As a note: Keep an eye out for any drawers in the display cabinets as you can open them and if it wasn't for the nice man working there I would have missed them.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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MZTParis wrote a review Nov 2015
Paris298 contributions186 helpful votes
Forty-five km from Paris is the newly-renovated Gendarmerie Museum (Musee de la Gendarmerie Nationale). The museum reopened in October this year (2015). You reach Melun by taking the RER B2 train from Chatelet-Les-Halles or from Gare de Lyon. It will take you 1 hr if you are on a train that stops at each station along the way, or 30 minutes if you are on a non-stop Paris/Melun or Melun/Paris train. At peak travelling hours the trains can be very full. At Melun station you take Bus D to the museum. The stop is Ecole de gendarmerie. You can also take Bus F and the stop will be Gendarmerie Briand. It admittance fee is 7 euros and 5 euros for those over 65. The museum focuses on the history of France's Gendarmerie rather than on crime fighting. (The Gendarmerie falls under the Ministry of Defence, whereas the police fall under the Ministry of the Interior.) And no 'gendarme' is not French for policeman. The Gendarmerie payed a large role in French colonies (Africa and IndoChina) and so too in the two World Wars and you will therefore see the various uniforms, weapons and vehicles. Unfortunately, there is rather little about crime fighting. This is certainly an attraction for those interested in military matters, but it is not an attraction for children. There is a souvenir shop where everything is quite expensive. There is no tea room or restaurant. The toilet facilities are excellent.
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Date of experience: November 2015
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