Since January 1st, 2013, the public institution Paris Musées has managed a network of 14 municipal museums, the trustees of the municipal collections: Musée d’Art moderne (Museum of Modern Art), Maison de Balzac (Balzac’s House), Musée Bourdelle (Bourdelle Museum), Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris (Museum Carnavalet – History of Paris), les Catacombes (the Catacombs), Musée Cernuschi – musée des arts de l’Asie (Cernuschi Museum – Museum of Asian Arts), Musée Cognacq-Jay – musée du XVIIIème siècle (Cognacq-Jay Museum – Museum of 18th century Art), Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame (Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame), Palais Galliera – musée de la mode (Galliera – Museum of Fashion), Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris / Musée Jean Moulin (Museum of the General Leclerc and the Paris’s Liberation / Jean Moulin Museum), Petit Palais – musée des Beaux-Arts (Petit Palais – Museum of Fine Arts), Maisons de Victor Hugo (Victor Hugo’s Houses), Musée de la Vie romantique (Museum of Romantic Life), Musée Zadkine (Zadkine Museum).
This public institution is presided over by Bruno Julliard, First Deputy Mayor in charge of Culture, Heritage, Arts and Crafts, Relations with the arrondissements, and Nightlife, with Christophe Girard, mayor of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, as vice-president. The head office is situated at 27 rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement.
This reform, decided by the former Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is an ambitious project for the museums. It strengthens the strategic running of the network, optimizes its management, and is accompanied by an important financial effort by the City to continue the renovation of the buildings and to improve the functioning of the museums.
The priorities that the City set for this new public institution are as follows:
- The highlighting of the municipal collections: computerization and digitization of the works, development of research, programme planning of events and re-exhibiting so that the municipal collections presented in the museums, which have been opened to the public free of charge since 2001, can be better known.
- The programme planning of exhibitions and the publication of high quality books, to contribute to the cultural richness of the capital and to its national and international influence.
- The development and expansion of audiences through a reinforced educational policy and an increased attention given to the comfort of visitors and cultural mediation. The City of Paris’s museums receive almost three million visitors a year; the objective is to strengthen this dynamics and to contribute to bringing culture within everyone’s reach to an even greater extent.
The website dedicated to the network of the 14 municipal museums and of the municipal collections is available to all individual and professional users: parismusees.paris.fr