The exhibition “In the footsteps of Napoleon I at the Monnaie de Paris” invites visitors to discover both the artistic, technical and scientific role of the Monnaie de Paris during the Directoire, the Consulate and the Empire and its role in the construction and dissemination of the Napoleonic legend during the July Monarchy and the Second Empire.
The public is invited to follow in the footsteps of the Emperor in a fun and educational tour that will encompass the entire Monnaie de Paris site, combining architectural details, the history of the institution, the History of France, the Napoleonic legend, heritage objects from our collections and the savoir faire of our craftsmen and technicians.
The exhibition aims to show that during the Consulate, the Monnaie de Paris became the centre of the First Consul’s ambitions in monetary matters. His visit to the Quai de Conti on 21 Ventôse year XI (12 March 1803) was one of the high points of the history of the Germinal Franc. The scientific and technical staff, artists and craftsmen who worked in this workshop, set up under the Ancien Régime, combined their talents to produce an exceptional coinage with the ultimate aim of building a new France.
The exhibition is composed of 400 works: coins and medals, monetary and medallic tools, but also sculptures, paintings, drawings, decorative arts objects and archival documents. The works originate from the collections of the Monnaie de Paris and important French public collections: the Louvre, the Musée de l’armée (Army Museum), the Carnavalet Museum, the Institut de France, the Fondation Napoléon, the Château de Fontainebleau, the Châteaux de Malmaison and de Bois-Préau, the Château de Versailles, the Thomas Henry Museum in Cherbourg, the Denon Museum in Chalon-sur-Saône, and the Archives of the French Ministry of Finances.
From 17 September 2021 to 6 March 2022, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-7pm
Musée de la Monnaie de Paris
Entrance at 11 Quai de Conti
Entrance at 2 rue Guénégaud
75006 Paris, France
This exhibition is part of our label 2021 Année Napoléon.