the museum

history of the mnrdh

1956

Inauguration of the Musée National de la Résistance et des Droits Humains, built by the City of Esch-sur-Alzette and born from the initiative of the local section of the Luxembourg League of Political Prisoners and Deportees. Together with the Monument aux Morts (memorial for the fallen), it is erected in honour of the victims of Nazism and the workers who died in the mines and factories in the south of the country.

From
1956

Management of the museum by the local section of the LPPD (League of Political Prisoners and Deportees)

Early
1980s

Management of the museum by the City of Esch-sur-Alzette

1987

Renewal of the permanent exhibition

Late
1990s

Launch of a project to renovate the museum, which does not succeed

From
2008

Professional management by the City of Esch-sur Alzette and the Ministry of Culture

From
2009

Organisation of temporary exhibitions

2014

Organisation of a major exhibition on Nelson Mandela

2015

Discussions regarding the renovation and expansion project

2017

Decision to renovate and expand the museum by the City of Esch-sur-Alzette and the government


Creation of the Foundation Musée de la Résistance by the City of Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ministry of Culture and the Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte 

2018

Management of the museum by the new Foundation, hiring of staff by the Foundation


Opening of a temporary exhibition in the former Justice of the Peace building

End of
2018

Start of the expansion and renewal works, by Jim Clemes (architecture) and Njoy (museography) and the City of Esch-sur-Alzette (contracting authority)

2021

Moving of the administration to its new premises at 136, rue de l'Alzette

2022

Reopening of the new museum in the context of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022, with two major art exhibitions: Idea of peace (Frans Masereel) and Ecce Homo (Bruce Clarke & Tebby Ramasike)

2023

Opening of the permanent exhibition of the new museum and a temporary exhibition of the Photo-Club Esch