Cultural events

Museum of coins, medals and antiques

Exhibition

  • The Great Cameo of France (or Great Cameo of the Sainte-Chapelle) : glorification of Germanicus. Rome, Ca 23 B.C. | BnF

    The Great Cameo of France (or Great Cameo of the Sainte-Chapelle) : glorification of Germanicus. Rome, Ca 23 B.C.

  • Practical information

  • Richelieu

    Monday - Friday from 1.00pm to 5.45pm
    Saturday from 1.00pm to 4.45pm
    Sunday: closed (Vigipirate)

    Free access

    The Museum of Coins, Medals and Antiques will close to the public on April the 1st, 2016. It will remain closed until the end of the renovation works of Richelieu Library. The collections kept in the museum remain available to researchers on request (e-mail: monnaies-medailles-antiques@bnf.fr).
    The reading room of the Department remains open during the renovation works.

from January 2, 2001 to March 31, 2016 Richelieu

The objects presented in the museum illustrate the history of the department’s collections, the manufacturing techniques used to create objects (bronze, precious metals, glass, ivory…), the history of coins and medals, whether in the West or in the East. The exhibition allows visitors to discover the following outstanding objects:
  • The Great Cameo of France
  • The Rennes patera
  • Dagobert’s throne
  • The treasures of Childeric and Gourdon
  • The cup of Chosroes
  • The chessboard known as Charlemagne’s chessboard.
The first two exhibition areas of the museum are dedicated to the history of the Department’s collections. On the first floor, another room is dedicated to the main manufacturing techniques of pieces presented: bronze, precious metals, glass, ivory, enamels, ceramic. Collections presented in the last room focus on the history of coins, in the Western part as well as in the Eastern part of the world, and on the history of medals. The exhibition also allows to discover the Luynes’ collection of Greek vases.

Tours

For groups, registration at 00 (1) 53 79 49 49 or by e-mail: visites@bnf.fr

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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