Map stories

Design and creation of map stories for the permanent exhibition at the Musée de la Libération de Paris

Vue intérieure du musée de la Libération de Paris
2018 - 2019

The Musée de la Libération de Paris - Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque - Musée Jean Moulin opened in 1994, 50 years after the Liberation of Paris. Originally located above the Montparnasse station, the new museum now occupies a place that is more historically coherent, more expansive and more visible. It was moved to the Ledoux pavilion at Place Denfert-Rochereau, where Colonel Rol-Tanguy had set up his underground headquarters. It opened its doors on August 25, 2019, marking the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris. The exhibition was totally redesigned, with a scenography that created a space for storytelling.

As part of the scenography, the device features map stories presented as animated maps, printed still maps, and interactive maps. The objective is to give visitors a clear picture and a lasting memory of the steps that led to the Liberation of France and of the heroes from this turbulent period.

Carte de la colonne Leclerc à la 2e DB

The museum entrusted Reciproque to write, design and create the content for the exhibition’s map stories. In close collaboration with the museum teams, the scripts were written around major historical themes selected by the museum and presents content which has been scientifically proven. They were created in the form of printed maps, video loops or interactive maps and have been installed in the museum’s new permanent exhibition.