On May 7, 1945 the first signing of the surrender of Nazi Germany occurred at this location, now called Museum of the Surrender. Dwight D. Eisenhower attended the signing, and many pictures of him and others are available for viewing in the war room.
The ground floor of Museum of the Surrender presents an original film in French and English relating the historical context of the signing of the document. Another room has costumes and information about the military units present in Reims during the signing. A third room in the "little red schoolhouse" depicts members of the inter-allied staff with an exhibition of medals and newspapers from May 8, 1945. The war room, kept in its original condition, has maps and photographs of the signing on that memorable document. Take a look at our Reims travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Museum of the Surrender and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Museum of the Surrender reviews
One of the most impressive war museums I've ever visited (and I've been to the air & space museums in the US and the war museum in Bastogne) without having airplane or tank hardware. The space is... more »
We were impressed with our visit here as the history was of great interest to us. It is well-organized, well-curated. more »
Very interesting. Watch the film before wandering around. Film is well done, provides context for museum displays. Note: museum is located within a school, exactly as headquarters was in 1945. Museum has a separate entrance; look for the flags. On-street metered parking. Staff unfortunately doesn't speak English.
A must-see stop in Reims. The whole museum takes about an hour to see/read everything. While it is only 5€ to enter, it is cash only. I had to run down the street to get money from an ATM -- however the museum staff was very kind and let my mother go ahead while I made the quick trip.
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