Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum

Tuesday 22, June 2010


Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum


Last Friday Eurostar celebrated the 70th Anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s historic broadcast from LNO on the 18th June 1940 which launched the FR resistance.


A specially chartered Eurostar carrying a delegation of dignitaries and 720 French WWII veterans arrived in St Pancras last Friday to celebrate this historic occasion.


For those of you previously unaware of Charles de Gaulle, he was the hero of the Free French Forces and the French resistance, founder of the Fifth Republic, leader in European construction and French decolonialism, symbolic figurehead of French national pride and once described as “the most illustrious of Frenchmen”.  The legacy and achievements of Charles de Gaulle make him a French institution in his own right.


De Gaulle was born in 1890 into a strict Catholic family in Lille. Though his family were wealthy, thanks to a booming textile business, his childhood was a simple one. The museum recreates perfectly the atmosphere of 19th-century Lille and this characteristic bourgeois family with fully-restored rooms and memorabilia. A series of captivating photo exhibits also trace De Gaulle’s dramatic and intrepid life, and there is the chance to view the DS car in which he was nearly assassinated (immortalised in the film Day of the Jackal).


His early years are recreated in his childhood home, which is now a museum and also a cultural and historic resources centre in the heart of Lille. Attached to the museum is the Fabrique d’Histoire (History Factory) where visitors can peruse historic documents, use the multimedia facilities or view screenings and projections. This part of the museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions and events.


If you’re planning a visit to Lille then the Charles de Gaulle Museum is a fascinating place you should add to your list of places to see.


Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am-6pm. €5; concessions €3; under 10s free.

Address: 9 rue Princesse 59800

Directions: By Bus: from Gare de Lille Flandres, line 3, 6 or 9 (avenue du peuple Belge “Hospice général” stop)



Bookmark and Share


^ back to top


Find the best deals available today

The grey menu on the right is your best friend. Always check before you travel.

Plan your trips with the help of great resources

More and more travellers think that researching and planning a European city break is half the fun and they're not interested in pre-arranged trips or escorted tours. Self-guided tours offer a lot of advantages but require some guidance and good resources.


Clean, green and very pristine

Top 10 most environmentally pure countries

With the recent wild fires, disrupting flights and increasing air pollution, environmental quality is a growing factor in attracting tourists.



Top 15 most spectacular hotel rooftop views

The hotel price comparison site has put together a list of the fifteen most spectacular hotel rooftop terraces in the world.

Latest offers, discounts and more...

Accor “3=2 offer”
Why not extend your stay? 3 nights for the price of 2.
Columbus Direct travel insurance
Quality cover at low prices to customers all around the world.
Priority pass
Access VIP lounges no matter where which airline and class you fly.
European City Cards
See more and pay less! Get your "passport" to European cities.
Rail Europe
Comfortable and affordable on European trains.
Lonely Planet Magazine
Packed with insider knowledge, hints and tips.
Sandemans New Europe City Tours
Free walking tours in 13 cities within 9 countries.
Sol Melia Wednesdays
Search your exclusive special offers now for the coming weekend!
Low-cost shuttle and private transfers in over 70 countries.
IMEX Frankfurt 25-27 May
The essential worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.
Subscribe to Travelio News Summary via RSS Follow our news titles on Twitter Become a fan of on Facebook Bookmark and Share