Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques in Paris
This museum of money, medals and antiques is classified as the oldest museum in France, and housed within the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois in Paris, the collections includes French, Greek, Roman and Medieval coins along with others from Egypt, Asia and more.
About the Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques Museum in Paris
Sometimes referred to the Cabinet des Medailles, the first thing you will be able to discover when you enter the Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques are the exhibition areas dedicated to the history of the collections.
Then there is an area dedicated to show the main manufacturing techniques that were used to produce different pieces that are presented, such as those in bronze, glass, ivory, enamels, ceramics and precious metals.
There is another section dedicated to the history of coins and medals from both Eastern and Western parts of the world, and then of course there are the permanent exhibits on display, which include a Great Cameo of France, a chessboard known as Charlemagnes chessboard, a throne, and a collection of Greek vases from the Luynes collection.
And with its origins from the treasuries of the French kings, the collection of coins and medals is internationally renowned and a unique collection in the world with approximately 110,000 Greek coins, around 20,000 coins from the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. In addition, there are around 13,000 coins from ancient Celtic people, that includes the oldest coin found in France, a phenomenal collection of over 55,000 coins from non-European civilisations, etc.
But as you can no doubt appreciate, with such an immense collection of almost 600,000 coins providing a complete overview of the history of money from the 6th century BC, there are only a specific amount of coins on display in cabinets and highly protected.
Yet, there is still more to the Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques than just the coins, as there are also the medals and other antiquities, so this museum in Paris is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Visiting the Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques in Paris
You will find the Cabinet des Medailles or the Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques located within the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois in the 2nd Arrondissement and it is open on a Monday to Friday from 1pm through to 5.45pm, and Saturday from 1pm through to 4.45pm and on a Sunday from noon through to 6pm.
However, it is closed at all other times, including on a Monday, National French holidays and at any other times that the Richelieu Library is closed including when they have their annual closure in September, yet this museum in Paris also closes early on the eve of national holidays as well.
Yet you may be pleased to know that according to the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BNF), it is at present completely free to access, however, there is a charge for any temporary exhibitions that may be on display at the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois.
Also, tours are available for groups, although these do have to be arranged in advance by telephone on +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49.
Now as for getting to this library and museum via public transport in Paris, the nearest Metro stations are the Bourse stop via line 3, the Palais-Royal stop via lines 1 and 7 and the Pyramides stop via lines 7 and 14. But the bus numbers 20, 29, 39, 67, 74 and 85 will also get you close by.
- Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois
- History of the Bibliotheque Richelieu-Louvois
- History of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BNF)
Address and Contact Details
Musee des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques
5 Rue Vivienne
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49
Tourist attractions close by
- Louvre Museum
- Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
- Tuileries Gardens
- Pont du Carrousel
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