Musee de la Legion Etrangere

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Musee de la Legion Etrangere

Musee de la Legion Etrangere
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA117 contributions
Skip if you don't speak French and aren't REALLY into military history
Nov 2021
Don’t go if: 1) You don't speak French, and 2) You’re not REALLY into this subject matter.

Non-French speakers unwelcome. 3 euro brochure is a waste, a few pieces of color-printed paper that does not actually translate anything but instead offers tiny descriptions for large exhibit areas. Then you’re left on your own. I learned more following along on Wikipedia.

Museum has no top-level narrative, no story to tell aside from, “Here’s a bunch of stuff that’s really meaningful to us presented in chronological order.” One would be hard-pressed to gain insight as to why the Legion was created, why it is different from regular military, how it is controlled, and why it was downsized.

Yes, museum is “free entry," but it’s not free if you take a 4 euro train from Marseille (times two ways), buy their 3 euro useless translation, and waste half a day.

As mentioned elsewhere, staff is lackadaisical and seemed to resent my presence, or perhaps it was just that I didn’t speak French. Museum has no website to convey accurate information (it did until 2018 then disappeared). I emailed in advance to confirm they were open and did receive a response with operating hours. Unfortunately response did not mention museum *closes* promptly at 12pm for lunch and happily kicks everyone out. Response stated there is a “possibility" someone could give a tour in English for enough people but did not state a magic number.

VISITED: 25 November 2021; operating hours 10am-6pm with lunch 12pm-2pm.
Written 26 November 2021
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Ronnie S
Strathdon, UK1,369 contributions
Stirring stuff
Sep 2019
As a former military man I was hugely impressed by the museum and how it is organised. Serving legionnaires staffing the facility and funds raised go to the regiment s welfare fund. Free admission.
Written 12 October 2019
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GClife
Gold Coast, Australia1,514 contributions
Great history
May 2019 • Couples
We spent about an hour here, the museum has been refreshed since our last visit over 10 years ago, with more modern display cases. Ask for an English guide as all the descriptions are in French, that said it’s relatively easy to follow the history. Their are Legionnaires available to answer any questions, although English is limietd
Written 1 May 2019
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mummyofaandw
Chelmsford95 contributions
Interesting visit
Oct 2018 • Family
Spent about an hour here and found it very interesting. There was a guide in English which was just as well as all the information in the museum was in French but it the exhibits were pretty self explanatory. The museum was staffed by legionnaires which impressed my kids and we were able to look out on to the parade ground. There were a few items to buy as souvenirs as well as wine. We had been meaning to drive here for a few years so now we can tick this off our Provence bucket list.
Written 29 October 2018
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Stephen R
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates57 contributions
Fabulous
Aug 2018 • Friends
Firstly I was impressed by the friendly staff(all serving Legionnaires). Secondly , I was pleasantly surprised that entry was free. Finally, this museum is excellent.

I visited with some friends who are not history buffs like me, so I was somewhat concerned. However independently they have all graded it as 5/5, so they were really impressed too.

The displays are well organised and in chronology so it is easy to appreciate the development of the Legion. I also liked the modern day solder’s locker- a nice touch.

Finally it is possible to buy some souvenirs at the end, including wine, where the profits go to support veterans.

Highly recommended.
Written 28 August 2018
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antoryno
Dublin, Ireland11 contributions
History of the world famous fighting force
Jun 2018 • Solo
This is a beautifully laid out museum which shows the Legion from its conception to the modern day. Interactive display explaining the battle of Camerone
Written 20 August 2018
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syisunny
Aubagne, France9 contributions
An excellent small military museum in small town
Mar 2018 • Family
I live around this museum so I come here several times. each time I recommend friend and family to visit here. It is small but excellent museum about the history of French Foreign Legion.
Written 10 March 2018
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Stephen Chuter
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo9 contributions
Missing something...
Feb 2017 • Solo
Don't get me wrong its still good but I've been to this museum several times now and.... I can't put my finger on it.... it's always left me a tad hungry...
Don't let me put you off! Its well laid out, has loads of interesting things to see and it's a must for anyone who is interested in the French Foreign Legion.
I do recommend however the FFL uniform museum at the veterans home near Puyloubier(About an hours drive from Aubagne)
It's well worth a visit and the chateau with its surrounding vineyards tended by veteran legionnaires has more of that " je ne regrette rien"atmosphere about it .....
Vive la legion!
Written 15 February 2017
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Patrick G
Antwerp, Belgium20 contributions
Historical overview of the Foreign Legion.
Jun 2016 • Couples
They even sell their own wine. Good bookshop. Take your time because there is a lot to see and to read.
Written 28 June 2016
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Caryn W
Johannesburg46 contributions
If you don't speak or read French you will be at a disadvantage
Apr 2016 • Family
My husband has a great interest in all things military so when our cruise ship docked in Marseilles we hired a taxi which took us some distance out of the city to the museum.

Well worth a visit if you are interested in military history, However how much more informative and enjoyable it would have been if the Foreign Legion could just unbend a little to accommodate those like ourselves who do not have the advantage of being able to speak and read the French language. I suppose I would be shot at dawn for mentioning that English is considered a lingua Franca and just a small translation to accompany the lengthy information in French at each exhibit would be greatly appreciated by many visitors, perhaps.
Written 6 May 2016
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Musee de la Legion Etrangere is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tue - Sun 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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