Mériel, in the Val d'Oise, is the village where Jean Gabin grew up. They've built a museum that tells the story of him as a child, a teenager, and man, and an actor. A visit to this village is a great way to see this actor's early years.

How do I get to the Jean Gabin Museum?

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1 place Jean Gabin
95630 Mériel


The museum is closed for renovations. Reopening planned for 2021.

In the footsteps of an unforgettable actor

Mériel is the village in Val-d'Oise where Jean Gabin spent his childhood. So it makes sense that the town where he grew up has decided to pay homage to the great actor by devoting a museum to him. With many documents and objects displayed in a cinematographic environment, the Jean Gabin House retraces the career of one of the most famous French actors. It also hosts a short film festival.

Jean Gabin was raised by his older sister in Mériel, in the countryside he loved so much. He left his mark on the village, which is why there is also a walking path proposed in addition to the museum tour. The path goes by his house, located at 63 Grand-Rue, where the young Jean Gabin dreamed of becoming a locomotive mechanic while watching the trains go by. It continues to Saint-Éloi church, where there is a Descent from the Cross painted by his sister Madeline in 1910, and by his former school, the current town hall. A visit to Mériel is a real return to the sources of Jean Gabin, for every visitor.