The Army Museum in Paris Explores French Indochina

The Army Museum in Paris Explores French Indochina

The Musée de l’Armée, located in Paris’s  7th arrondissement, shows off the impressive history of France’s military. From the medieval times to the present, visitors can see the weapons, armour and strategies of the French military. In addition to its permanent collection the Army Museum also has temporary exhibitions.

One such exhibition will run from October 16, 2013 until January 26, 2014 and it is called ‘Indochina: Territories and Men, 1856-1956.’ This exhibit retraces a century of French colonization in Indochina, a Southeast Asian peninsula that historically included countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam. Such was the power of France in this region that it established an Indochinese empire in 1887 and this empire lasted until 1954.

This period of colonization will be depicted at the Musée de l’Armée through documents, films and testimonies that shed new light on the exchanges between the French colonizers and the native inhabitants. Without bias, the exhibit explores the years of conquest, domination and oppression carried out by the French army on Asian populations.

Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg are in a great spot to discover the Musée de l’Armée, which is found quite close to the hotel. The exhibit is organized in chronological order, enabling visitors to step back in time and travel to an exotic land. By incorporating the testimonials of Asian politicians and intellectuals, visitors will truly understand what it was like to live in Indochina under French rule.

The exhibition ‘Indochina: Territories and Men, 1856-1956′ is organized as part of the France-Vietnam Year, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between these two countries.