Rouen Recounts Joan of Arc
In March 2015, Rouen will celebrate France’s 15th century heroine. The city where Joan of Arc was trialed and executed decided to honour her with a special place... and what a place it is! Rouen’s famous archbishop palace, transformed into a museum.
The archdiocese of Rouen will be inaugurated as a museum on March 21, 2015. Undeniably symbolic, the building echoes the tragic events endured by the Maid of Orléans during the 15th century.
The Historial Jeanne d’Arc will serve as both a museum and a memorial to recount the historic itinerary of the war leader and one of the Catholic Church's most popular saints.
The Museum’s architectural excellence —Gothic-Roman vaults and 15th century tour— blended with state-of-the-art technology features a unique experience. The 1000 m2 interactive journey incorporates:
- 3D mapping for landscape and character morphing;
- projections, including back projections, on the building’s glass and stone surface;
- audiovisual equipment such as graphic panels, translation aids (available in five languages), and interactive terminals.
This innovative cross between a show and a tour will connect History to the modern world, for a complete immersion.
One Tour, Two Perspectives
At the Historial, the public is offered a chance to (re)discover Joan of Arc, but also the story behind the creation and evolution of her myth.
The Museum’s tour is split in two perspectives: L’épopée de Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc’s epic), and the Mythotèque, an area dedicated to the study of Joan of Arc’s legend.
The Tale of the Maid of Orléans
Spread across seven areas, the creative multimedia course plunges visitors at the heart of the fiery 15th century.
You become a detective as well as a spectator in the extraordinary tale of a gripping legal prosecution. About 20 actors reenact the hearing which includes historic testimonies from the original trial transcripts.
The enthralling 75-minute circuit combines gothic architecture with the latest technology to depict the tragic fate of the woman who shaped France’s destiny.
Discover the Myth
In the three rooms dedicated to the legend surrounding the French Heroine, the Mythothèque offers the keys to an engaging debate on historiography and politics. The perspective observes how history and people assimilated, integrated, memorized, and over time, transformed Joan of Arc’s narrative.
This second interactive circuit introduces Jeanne de la République (Joan of the Republic), the Catholic Church, historians, and the art objects she inspired. The space presents a film, as well as rich documentation available for individual consultation in five languages.
And… a Bonus!
Before you leave, be sure to drop by the beautiful Salle des Etats, and the incandescent Aubigne Chapel of the archdiocese.
The two completely renovated 18th century buildings will hold temporary exhibitions, concerts, conventions, and more.
Historial Jeanne d'Arc
7, rue Saint-Romain