70 years of history of the museum at the palace of Chaillot

From 07 December to 31 March 2017

In spring 2017, the National Maritime Museum in Paris will close for five years to make its great transformation. On the eve of this major turning point the museum offers a unique retrospective!

From its opening at the Palais de Chaillot in 1943 to today, more than 70 years of events, anecdotes and news are based in the photographic archives of the museum or in partner institutions such as the National Audiovisual Institute (INA ) or the Defense Communication and Production Establishment (ECPAD).

© National Museum of the Navy / P.Dantec / S.Dondain / JL.Moussempès / DR
© National Library of France / J. and A. Séeberger

Photographs, posters, objects and interviews bring the present and the past to the heart of the permanent collections and the course. A unique opportunity to dive into the great and small history of the museum between humor and nostalgia.


Florence Le Corre, Head of the Research Department

Find the films presented in the exhibition

The emperor's canoe: the incredible history of transporting the Emperor's canoe one of the major works of the Marine Museum, from Brest to Paris, and its notable entry into the heart of the museum.

Notice of storm: In 1996 the project of creation of a museum of the first arts is envisaged at the Palais de Chaillot ... The museum of the Navy must therefore move ... the case is launched the sling is organized ...

At work: the life of the museum, its evolution through time serving the public and also the uniqueness of its model restoration service.

You said people? : how over time the museum has become the unavoidable place of the events on the maritime fact.