Gendarmerie et Cinéma Museum in Saint-Tropez

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Gendarmerie et Cinéma Museum in Saint-Tropez

The Gendarmerie et Cinéma Museum is a testament to Saint-Tropez’s rich cinematic history. It offers a mix of entertainment, education, and nostalgia. So, fasten your seatbelt and get the family ready to step into the world of classic French comedy movies and entertaining gendarmerie history.

Facade of the Gendarmerie et Cinéma museum i Saint-Tropez
The façade of the restored gendarmerie nationale in Saint Tropez known from films with Louis de Funès

Entertainment for everyone in the Gendarmerie et Cinéma Museum

Welcome to the heart of Saint-Tropez, where the Gendarmerie et Cinéma Museum invites you inside for film enthusiasts, history buffs and families with children.

The Gendarmerie and Cinéma Museum is located in the building that housed the gendarmerie brigade from 1879 to 2003, and, for a time, also served as a film backdrop for the famous police films starring Louis de Funès.

Cartoon image of Louis de Fùnes from the Gendarmerie and Cinéma museum in Saint-Tropez
The iconic character in the French cult police films played by Louis de Funès

A journey back to the era of French cinema

When you step inside, you encounter a number of film treasures, from vintage police uniforms in classic movies to rare behind-the-scenes shots that tell different stories. The interactive displays and original movie props take you on a journey back to the glamorous era of French cinema history.

In the museum, you can learn about the history of the building and the gendarmerie in Saint-Tropez, see what a gendarme’s office looked like in the 1960s and have the history of movies shot on the Var peninsula.

French police office in the 1960s
This is what a typical French police office looked like in the 1960s. – ©

The visit continues with an insight into the gendarmes’ representation in films and an introduction to the history of cinema in Saint-Tropez, which is a great tribute to the cult film series “Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez”, with Louis de Funès!

Practical information

Located conveniently in the city center, the Gendarmerie et Cinéma Museum is easily accessible. It is open year-round with affordable fares. After exploring the exhibits, take a stroll around Saint-Tropez to discover more of the city’s enchanting charm.

Check the museum’s website for current prices and opening hours.

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