Charles de Gaulle’s birthplace (or the Maison natale de Charles de Gaulle), which is owned by the Fondation Charles de Gaulle and managed by the Nord département since 2014, has been open to the public for 40 years.
The house became a museum in 1983 and was inscribed on the French list of historic monuments in 1990. It was also awarded the “Maison des illustres” ( ‘Homes of the Famous’) certification in 2011.
Charles de Gaulle was born there on November 22nd, 1890. The house belonged to his maternal grand-parents and was the family home during his youth.
The number of visitors to the Nord’s only heritage site dedicated to Charles de Gaulle has been constantly increasing, reaching 20,000 visitors per year on average. Over the years, De Gaulle’s birthplace had aged due to its success with visitors, and its structure required a major renovation.