All the museums
Musée de l'Homme
Inaugurated in June 1938, the Musée de l'Homme presents the evolution of mankind et and of societies, crossing the biological approches and the cultural ones, according to Paul Rivet's thoughts: "Mankind forms an indivisible whole, not only in space but in time too." Located in the Passy aisle of the palace of Chaillot (Paris 16th) in a building erected on the occasion of the Exposition Universelle of 1937, it reopens in 2015, more than 5 years after it had been closed, reaffirming the concept of museum-laboratory that his founder originally wanted it to represent.
Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve
If you are travelling through Louvain-la-Neuve, don’t miss its university museum! Accept its invitation on a journey that crosses traditional boundaries that often separate works of art… an appointment with the cultures of this country and many more, thanks to a heritage of art and civilisations made up of more than 25,000 exhibits. The collections, which originally belonged to universities and were subsequently added to by a large number of donations, are presented in rolling exhibitions. They include Mediterranean archaeological objects, Gothic and Baroque sculptures, a large collection of graphic art, modern paintings and much more. The museum also includes snapshots of other continents, such as Africa, Asia and Oceania, as well as “popular” or “naïve” art. The museum also houses temporary exhibitions and a large number of events.
Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch
Between history and modernity: A chronological path presents the entire collections around unique moments: The chapel and the trees of Jesse; The apothecary and the collections of medicine; The harpsichord of Jean Denis and painting of the 17th and 18th centuries. Since 2002: Two exceptional donations enable the presentation of the five continents’ arts: The Congregation of missionaries of the Sacré-Coeur basilica of Issoudun with numerous secrets and sacred items from Papua New Guinea: ornaments, daily life items, masks, photographs. The donation of the artists Cécile Reims and Fred Deux, for whom those objects were a source of inspiration and invitations to travel throughout Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas. The Parisian lounge of Leonor Fini is displayed permanently in a dynamic scenography, gathering films, photographs and paintings revealing the original personality of the artist. The contemporary art is the strong pillar of the museum’s development. Our exhibitions thus, have been able to honour artists such as Hans Hartung, Zao Wou-ki, Pierre Alechinsky… Since 2007, new spaces are entirely dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions and allow to present great works from national public collections such as the National Museum of Modern Art, the National Fund of Contemporary Art and the Mobilier National.
Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes
Established in 1801, the Rennes Museum of Fine Art benefited from confiscations during the Revolution and managed to keep some of the prestigious museum of curiosities put together by Christophe-Paul de Robien (1698-1756), the President of the High Judicial Court of Brittany. After that, the collection grew thanks to gifts from the state, donations, legacies, bequeaths and acquisitions. This means that today, the museum can showcase works of art representing the major artistic trends from the Renaissance through to contemporary art. Its 17th century masterpieces, such as The Newborn by Georges de La Tour or Rubens’ Tiger Hunt are well known. Open to the whole world, the museum is a vibrant placed, packed with potential, creating a dialogue between the art of today and that of the past. To help introduce people to the riches of these collections and the many temporary exhibitions put on here, a range of free events are organised for all visitors.
Musée de Tahiti et des Îles - Te Fare Manaha
Based on the prestigious Hiti site, where the ancient chiefs of Punaauia lived, in the middle of a garden spread over 3 hectares, the Museum of Tahiti and the Islands - Te Fare Manaha invites you in to discover the culture of the 5 archipelagos of French Polynesia. Objects from the Marquesas Islands, the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Austral Islands and the Gambier Islands are presented in the permanent exhibition rooms and introduce visitors to the natural habitat and people of French Polynesia and the tangible culture, social and religious life and history of Polynesian ancestors. To continue with this immersion in ancient culture, the museum’s patio and ethno-botanical garden offer a number of different routes to introduce you to some endemic and indigenous plants.
Musée d’ethnographie de Neuchâtel (MEN)
The history of the collections at the Musée d'ethnographie de Neuchâtel (the Neuchâtel Museum of Ethnography, or MEN) dates back to the 18th century. The first pieces were from the natural history collection belonging to General Charles Daniel de Meuron, donated to the city in 1795. Today, the MEN houses around 50,000 pieces, around half of which are represented by the African collections: Eastern and Southern Africa; Angola in the 1930s; the Sahara and the Sahel (Touaregs and Maures); Gabon. It also has Asian, Eskimo and Oceanian objects, musical instruments from beyond Europe and pieces from ancient Egypt. For more information about the exhibitions currently running, as well as the programme of events, please visit our website, www.men.ch.
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
From its vantage point on the banks of the Seine, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the musée du quai Branly strives to give the full measure of the significance of the Arts and Civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, at the crossroads of cultural, religious and historical influences. As a place of scientific and artistic dialogue, a crossroads for exchanges between the general public, researchers, students or contemporary artists, the museum hosts a series of exhibitions, performances, conferences, workshops and screenings that punctuate its life throughout the year.
The Fabre museum is the main art museum of Montpellier and one of the most important provincial museum in France. In 2007, the museum's fund involve 1800 paintings, 300 sculptures, 4000 drawings and 1500 carvings as well as thousands of art objects. The four main tours invite you to discover the rich permanent collections from Renaissance to contemporary art.
The new museum of the Université Catholique de Louvain, the Musée L, opened its doors on November 18, 2017. Its intent is to create dialogs between artworks of different periods, cultures, and techniques in its various areas of specialization. The new installation highlights the museum’s non-European collection, which include 2,800 works from around the world. Its African collection, which includes some 700 pieces, is the most significant element of this. The museum’s African collection dates to 1909, as the Belgian colonization of the Congo was getting underway. With the help of several missionary orders, Edouard de Jonghe, a professor of ethnology and of Congolese studies, brought back hundreds of objects from his expeditions to the region. This collection was shared with the Université Catholique when the university split in 1968. It was enlarged through a number of gifts, the two most important being that of Dr. Charles Delsemme and the collection of anthropologist and psychiatrist Robert Steichen in 2013.
Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale
On 1 December 2013 the museum building closed its doors for a three-year renovation period. When the museum reopens on December 8, it will have drastically changed in appearance. Throughout the renovation, educational and cultural activities and exhibitions will take place in different locations thanks to the 'Pop-up museum' (http://www.africamuseum.be/popupmuseum).