Since the mid-1990s, there has been an awareness to the need for a museum renewal. A first project, presented in 1998-99 by the architect Jim Clemes and the scenographer Guy-Claude François, remained stale.
In 2011-12, the Friends of the Resistance Museum launched a national petition to renew the museum.
In 2013, the City of Esch-sur-Alzette made a concrete proposal to the government, asking for support. The Minister of Culture at the time initiated a working group for the renovation of the National Museum of Resistance.
In February 2015, the working group presents a concept for the expansion and renewal of the museum to the city and government, which give their agreement in principle. The Œuvre Grande-Duchesse Charlotte decides to support the project.
A steering committee is created, with representatives from the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ministry of Culture, the Grand Duchess Charlotte and the museum. The architectural firm Jim Clemes and the NJoy Museography Office are responsible for developing a project. A scientific committee is created.
In March 2017, the project is adopted by the municipal council of the city of Esch-sur-Alzette and by the government. The National Museum of Resistance Foundation is created at the end of the year.
From 1 January, the museum changes status – it is taken over by the foundation. In May, the transitional museum is opened in the neighboring premises of the former court of justice. The “old” museum is now closed.
The construction starts in September.