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Housed in a 19th-century prison, the Museum of Resistance and Deportation is one of the region’s major museums about the Second World War. Please note that the museum is closed until 10th September 2017 for renovation works, making it more accessible to wheelchair users.

Located in a Maquis territory, in Nantua’s former prison, a town which received the Resistance Medal, the Museum of Resistance and Deportation of Ain will take you on a journey through a dark chapter of history.

The museum is due to reopen in 2017 following essential renovation and enlargement works, and will be much more accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. A completely redesigned tour route puts people at the very centre of the story. The new exhibition accentuates the suffering and the courage of men and women who experienced first-hand the events of World War II here in Ain, allowing us to understand the strategic challenges faced in the region during the war.

The museum was originally set up by an association, for the most part made up of former Maquisard Resistance fighters and relatives who donated a large part of the collection, and features one of the most extensive exhibitions in France on the subject.

Featuring reconstructions, animated maps, interactive displays, sensory objects, and much more, the new, innovative route is accessible to all and, with both a historical and a contemporary approach to the war, sheds light on this period in history while raising questions on the meaning of past events.

Open period

From 18/04 to 14/11/2022
Opening hours between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on Easter Monday, Whit Monday, May 1st and November 1st.


Full price: 7 €
Reduced price: 4 €.

Free entry for children < 18 years, press, accompanying guides, subscribers, the drivers, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 10 people.


  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Defibrillator
  • Film room
  • Exhibition space
  • Lift
  • Entertainments room


  • Educational visits
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Tourist information
  • Guided tours

Adapted tourism

  • Even flooring with no obstacles
  • Absence of slope > 5%
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Visual disability
  • Absence of protrusions > 2 cm
  • Site, building totally accessible
  • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
  • Visual alarm with flash light
  • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 100 m from the site
  • Absence of steps
  • Presence of pictograms and / or simplified visuals
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Magnetic loop available at the reception
  • Doors >=77 cm wide
  • Hearing disability
  • Documentation available in Braille
  • Mental disability
  • Minimum aisle width of 90 cm
  • Lift (80 x 130 cm) and door >= 77 cm
  • Reception desk between 70-80 cm high
  • Relief map, tactile model or audio device description available at the reception

In addition to the reception

Adapted tours suitable for deaf and mute people and people with mental disorders are available, advance booking required. The street linking the museum and the public car park is on a 50m-long slope. The museum does not have a private car park, but it is possible to drop off in front of the museum.

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Methods of payment

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash
  • Pass’Région

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Direct, Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation de l'Ain
  • 04 74 75 07 50
  • musees.ain@ain.fr