The Veterinary School (Alfort National Veterinary School)
With more than 250 years existence, the Veterinary School (Alfort National veterinary school) is one of the four major schools providing training for veterinarians in France. It is under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-Food and Forestry. Located within the Maisons-Alfort in Val-de-Marne, the school welcomes close to 700 students and dozens of professors and researchers from research laboratories. This public institution of higher education has two university residences with nearly 500 rooms, a restaurant complex and a leisure site designed especially for students of the school. In addition, the latter has infrastructures open to the public: the Fragonard Museum and the botanical garden which dates from 1766.
For the Fragonard Museum, it is known as one of the oldest museums in France. The library of the Alfort National Veterinary School is also one of the attractions of this large school complex. It has more than 170,000 works, the oldest of them dates back to the 16th century. As a veterinary school, ANVS has its own clinic. The institution has its own emergency service to accommodate pets as well as some farm animals like horses. This service can take into account other animals such as production animals: cows, pigs, or sheep. The center remains at the disposal of the owners and the sick animals, 24/24 and 7/7. To deal with emergencies or specific diseases, it has latest equipment such as scanners or chemotherapy devices. Alfort National veterinary school greatly contributes to the development of research into the improvement of animal health and welfare.
The Resistance Museum in Champigny sur Marne
Founded in 1985, the Museum of Resistance of Champigny-sur-Marne brings together the most important collections of objects (archives, photographs, watercolours or objects) relating to the French resistance during the Second World War. The project of this museum was conceived at 1965 year, but it was only twenty years later that it was born. Set in a 16th-century mansion in a park named Vercors, the museum retains and renovates more than 600,000 pieces related to the Spanish War and the Second World War.
It is important to note that the pieces gathered within the Museum trace the beginning of the French Resistance, its rise in power, its progressive unification, its contribution to the liberation of the national territory and its participation in the definition of France after -war. These are unique and rare pieces. These objects mark a large part of the history of France. They are complemented by numerous exhibitions on the Resistance that the Museum organizes throughout the year. The institution also has one of the largest collections of clandestine documents used by the Resistance during the occupation.
The 5 rooms to visit
To assist visitors in their journey, the Museum was divided into several rooms with specific dates. Room 1 talks about the origins of 1930-1940. Room 2 refers to the departure and the affirmation of the resistance of 1940-1942. Room 3 traces the epics of the resistance that goes on the offensive from November 11, 1942 to June 6, 1944. Room 4 exposes all objects about liberation. Finally, Room 5 recalls the milestones of the future. All these exhibitions have as main objective to transmit to the greatest number, a part of the history of this rather difficult period of the world in general, and of France in particular.
The Emile Jean Museum in Villiers sur Marne
The Historical Society of Villiers is the entity that was the origin of the Emile Jean Museum in 1973. The latter is located in Villiers-sur-Marne. The museum retraces everyday Briarde’s life in all its aspects. These may include academic, sports, political, religious and professional activities. Various objects such as mannequins, furniture, books, or postcards are scattered throughout the Museum. Scenarized in a building dating from the 19th century, objects are distributed in the different rooms of the house. The ground floor includes community life. Objects representing aspects of religious and secular life, sport in Villiers, mayors and municipal services, a reconstruction of the primary class of 1920, and the personalities who lived in Villiers, are grouped together.
The first floor traces the everyday life. For example, trade-related objects are listed. Temporary exhibitions take place on this level. It is also possible to see a collection of objects from the 1987 war in the mezzanine of this level. These will include vintage weapons or pictures.
The second floor reconstructs the rural life of yesteryear in Villiers and in the Brie as well as various objects of different crafts and small reconstructions. In addition, magazines are also sold in the Museum. The latter is open Monday to Friday except Tuesday afternoon. It also opens on Saturday morning.
How to get from Orly Airport to the Veterinary School by car
The route from Orly airport to the Maisons-Alfort Veterinary School takes only 25 minutes by private car so it can takes more than 1 hour with public transport. To get to your destination in a quarter of an hour, you simply have to take the A86 motorway. On the National Road, you have to drive 350 meters and continue straight on the Avenue de Paris. At more than 550 meters, the driver will turn right onto A106. Continuing for 3.2 km, the car will join A6b / E15 / E50 (Autoroute du Soleil). In less than 10 of road, the car already enters Paris. It is however necessary to leave the capital to take on the right E15 / E50 (Surrounding Avenue). It is only a few kilometers to enter Charenton-le-Pont. Continuing the journey, continue for 500 meters and enter Maisons-Alfort. At 100 meters on the right, the car will reach the Général Leclerc Avenue. In less than a minute, the driver will cross the National Route 19. The Maisons-Alfort Veterinary School is just a few meters away.