Museum of the Surrender
Museum of the Surrender
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  • Mike D
    Auckland, New Zealand58 contributions
    Puts the story in history
    This place challenges you to use your imagination and asks you to stay and listen to the stories. There is something about the map room that inspires you to learn more about those who sat there in 1945 and asks you to look more closely at the people behind the names. There is something about the story of the unofficial newspaper that shows the US determined to seperate information from propaganda to let the front line forces make up their own minds, as the Axis trops were unable to. And there is something about the newspaper articles that casts sharp focus on history. The museum itself casts sharp focus of the position of Reims in history, and to the Second World War in particular. I can think of few places that will better reward the time spent here.
    Visited September 2019
    Written 18 January 2020
  • LizaB
    Las Vegas, Nevada524 contributions
    Must see for anyone who enjoys WWII history
    This is must stop for any WWII history lover. We were in Reims several years ago and had no idea the city is where the Germans surrendered. Unfortunately at that time museum was closed. So fast forward to September 2021, we made sure we wouldn’t miss it. We walked from the center of town, about 30 min. The building is still being used as a school. You can’t miss the flags of France and US flying at the entrance. Entry price is very good…..FYI if you’re a military veteran it’s free and seniors get a discount. There’s a very good movie to watch to explain the history of Reims and the importance of the city during the war. The room where the surrender was signed is unchanged from May 7, 1945. Old maps line the walls of the room. The museum has artifacts and old newspapers. Highly recommend this museum.
    Visited September 2021
    Written 3 October 2021
  • Heidi N
    11 contributions
    Very interesting and informative for older kids and adults
    A fantastic, friendly little museum. Free for children and cheap for adults it’s well worth a visit although you’re unlikely to spend more than an hour there. There is a 20 min video which rotates in languages and they will tell you when it’s going to start in your language. Extremely interesting for all ages but I’d say age 10+ as it’s not very interactive and there is a lot of reading to do. Perfect for my secondary school age kids especially my son who is doing History GCSE. If you can time your trip between 12pm and 2pm there is free on street parking, otherwise you need to pay at the meter.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
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plgarlepied
New Orleans, LA1,488 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We arrived today at 11.20. The staff spoke English & she informed us that the 20-25 min movie would start in English at 11:30. We looked around the lobby & then went to the movie(highly recommended *before* seeing the museum!!!!!!) it seems that the movies may be shown every 30min alternating in English & french. Adult + 65 y/o was 8.50€ total.
To see the room where the Germans signed to end WW2 was amazing! Same tables & chairs (with their name tags, each in its original spots in the room!) & all the different maps still on the walls. We spent 1 hr there.
Written 14 September 2023
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Heidi N
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Jul 2023 • Family
A fantastic, friendly little museum. Free for children and cheap for adults it’s well worth a visit although you’re unlikely to spend more than an hour there. There is a 20 min video which rotates in languages and they will tell you when it’s going to start in your language. Extremely interesting for all ages but I’d say age 10+ as it’s not very interactive and there is a lot of reading to do. Perfect for my secondary school age kids especially my son who is doing History GCSE.
If you can time your trip between 12pm and 2pm there is free on street parking, otherwise you need to pay at the meter.
Written 4 August 2023
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Storyteller373098
12 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
I have been wanting to come here since I booked our trip to Reims! It was an interesting museum and very well thought out. It had military uniforms and information about how the building and town of Reims helped during World War II. Most importantly it has the room where the Germans surrendered to end the battle. They offered a movie in English giving us background. Both of my teens enjoyed the museum. It won’t take all afternoon. We were there for two hours. It is a MUST see!
Written 14 July 2023
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Jey M
Chantilly, VA359 contributions
Jun 2023
A good stop to make in Reims. Historic. Their room where it happened is well preserved. There is a 20 minute movie that is helpful
Written 24 June 2023
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Lori B
Janesville, CA57 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
This little museum is housed in a building where the actual surrender of the Germans during World War II occurred. In fact,you can go into the room where it happened which is set up as it was on May 7th, 1945. What is unknown to many is that although the original surrender of the Germans occurred here in France, Stalin insisted upon a reenactment of the surrender to be held in Berlin. This is because vast numbers of Russians were killed in capturing Berlin and wanted that recognition. The displays are very well lighted and neatly arranged.There are lots of World War II uniforms and nice explanations in several different languages including English. The tour starts out with a film about the history of the world at that time. As a retired military officer my husband and I were given free admission.
Written 24 June 2023
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David
Oxford, UK1,471 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
A worthwhile stop to make if you are in Reims. The museum is oriented around it's centerpiece attraction - the room where Beddell-Smith accepted the surrender of the German Armed Forces.

It's accompanied by an interesting movie and collection of period uniforms.
Written 10 June 2023
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Lynda D
Alexandria VA193 contributions
Mar 2023
It's a bit out of the way, but well worth the walk. Allow an hour to view the film (in English) and tour the exhibit. It was free the day we went (5E otherwise), but we made a donation.
Written 3 April 2023
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curtispat
Philadelphia, PA59 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited recently and were very impressed by this very historic spot and learned a lot. If you go, you may have the opportunity to interact with Madame Saradha Villers, a docent at the museum. She is a wealth of knowledge and is ready to share it with anyone that would like it. I had no idea that the Allied war in Europe ended here in Reims and this museum captures that moment well.
Written 26 February 2023
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Kymsilverfox
Canberra, Australia64 contributions
Oct 2022
Worthwhile to take in an important part of world history when visiting Reims. Notably the actual place where the Germans surrendered in WWII
Written 28 November 2022
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lenusik
Boston, MA145 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Educational, not overwhelming. It was free on Sunday, not sure why. Fairly new museum, still not crowded. Movie is short and informative
Written 16 October 2022
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