Explore the Mucem’s collections

250,000 objects

150,000 works

350,000 photographs

100 000 affiches et estampes

100,000 postcards

80,000 sound recordings

At the Centre for Conservation and Resources, a 75 m2 room is reserved for viewing collections of objects conserved by the Mucem.

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Navigate the collections

Immerse yourself in the vastness of the Mucem collections, and browse through the fascinating themes brought to you by our curators. You’re guaranteed to learn something new – there’s nothing like it! 

  • Mucem, Dessine-moi un lion

    Draw Me a Lion

    The Animal Art of Gustave Soury

    Lions, tigers, panthers, bears, elephants, kangaroos, camels, cats, dogs, and more... Is there a creature on earth who escaped the meticulous illustrations of Gustave Soury, the portraitist of circus animals?

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  • Talisman juif sur parchemin invoquant les anges, Alsace, XVIII—XIXe siècle

    Beware of sorcerers!

    Magic and sorcery: some of us consider them laughable superstitions, others firmly believe, and many are uncertain. Without taking a position on the matter, the Mucem has preserved many reminders of the importance, and even violence, of the practice of magic in France, Europe and around the Mediterranean.

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  • Mucem, Mai 68 et les œuvres contestataires

    May 1968 and Protest Pieces: To Arts, Citizens!

    Protest movements, social movements, and more: the MuCEM preserves the memory of these demonstrations that made their mark on history. Posters, leaflets and banners are the fragile witnesses of these people’s rallies. Discover a selection of creations from May 1968.

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  • Cafetière pour la vente ambulante, Beyrouth, Liban, fin du XXe siècle

    Coffee

    Coffee (qahwa in Arabic, a term also used to refer to wine) came to us from the Arab and Ottoman world. From the plateaux of Abyssinia, where there is evidence of the cultivation of coffee trees as early as the 12th century, coffee crossed the Red Sea, first being grown on the coastline of “Happy Arabia” (modern-day Yemen), and then in the tropical climes of the territories of the great colonial empires beginning in the 17th century.

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  • Dessin de Paul Colin  représentant l’artiste sur scène, 1re moitié du XXe siècle

    Celebrity!

    Religious and “star system” objects in the Mucem’s collections

    From St. Francis to Claude François, the relics of celebrities have a sacred aura that incites fans and believers to touch and acquire these sometime intrinsically humble objects. The Mucem’s collections contain treasures of saints and star. The perfect materials for a comprehensive pilgrimage...

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  • Mucem, Abécédaire

    An ABC with a difference!

    What are these items doing at the Mucem?

    Unexpected materials, surprising representations, puzzling quantities: the collections in the Mucem contain lots of unexpected items that reach out to people. Why would you save plastic bags? What is the point of this piece of wood with three holes that looks like a very pointed clog? Who could actually make a model of a boat out of hair and cardboard – and why would they do that? All these questions about the overarching approach to building a national heritage – and we answer them twenty-six letters.

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Enquête collecte à Latina, 2015 et 2016

The Mucem on the ground, specializing in collection surveys

The Mucem is pursuing its policy of surveys that make it unique and that have helped to foster a better understanding of the world in which we live today.  Discover the latest ethnographic surveys onducted in Europe and the Mediterranean, through which objects both tangible and intangible that bear itness to the evolution of human society were gathered: graffiti, football (supporters and amateurs), the economics of remains, and the cork oak in the Mediterranean.

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The Trocadero Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris, France

A brief history of the collections

From the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions to the MuCEM, and from the Palais de Chaillot to the shores of the Mediterranean, discover nearly a century’s worth of astonishing stories that made it possible to build up exceptionally rich, unique collections.

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