NOUVELLE AQUITAINE – Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes


Lascaux IV Facsimile and the International Cave Art Center 


Opening December 2016


Located at the foot of Lascaux Hill, the International Center for Cave Art (Centre International d’Art Pariétal) will house a complete copy of the famous Lascaux cave and place a heavy emphasis on bringing it to life through virtual-reality technology. There will also be exhibits about Cro-Magnon civilization and cave art from around the world. Lascaux IV : read more 


Reopening of the Museum of Natural History 


Reopening 2017

Created in 1971, this museum is, with more than 1 million of specimens, one of the most important in France. Read more 
Opening of the Bordeaux’s Musée de la Mer et de la Marine


Opening End of 2017

This marine and seafaring museum, housed in a novel structure by Norbert Fradin, will draw visitors into an exciting and interactive experience of the sea in all its rich complexity. Read more




  • Opening of the international Tapestry Museum


Opened – Summer, 2016


The “Cité de la Tapisserie” will greatly contribute to the revival of Aubusson tapestry. Various Aubusson productions will be exhibited here, from major historical works to contemporary ones. La Cité offers visitors a spectacular tour with an original scenography, particularly with its « nef des tentures » (the tapestry hanging nave), a 700m2 multi-purpose cultural venue, built much like a theatre. It will be located in the old Decorative Art School. It will also be a wonderful workplace for young artists and a platform for contemporary creation. Read more


OCCITANIE – Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées




  • Opening of the Museum Grand Rigaud


Opening – June, 2017


The renovation led by the architect, Stephane Barbotin-Larrieu, will transform the museum into a remarkable 4 300m² public cultural space offering the opportunity to discover two of Perpignan’s historical monuments: l’hôtel Mailly and l’hôtel de Lazerne.




  • Espace des Mondes Polaires


Opening – 2017


The “new” Espace des Mondes Polaires will be the leading cultural centre in France dedicated to the poles and the expeditions conducted there. Intended to be both educational and fun, the centre is aimed at all ages and audiences, from experts to amateurs of polar exploration. Temporary and permanent exhibitions, books and films… You’ll find all of these knowledge sources on polar exploration right here in the heart of the Haut-Jura. An added extra … there’s an ice rink too! Read more


  • Focus on a Famous Haut-Jura Native


Opening – 2017


The centre owes its name and its establishment in the Jura Mountains to the famous explorer Paul-Emile Victor who grew up here. Closely attached to his roots in the region, it was his wish to build the centre at Prémanon, a village in Les Rousses ski resort. The explorer went on many expeditions to the North pole. He famously lived for a whole year with an Eskimo family. While we await the opening of the polar centre, you can visit the association museum which takes us through the history and discovery of the polar scientific expedition. Read more


  • International Gastronomy Exhibition Center 


Opening 2018


As one of a foursome of cities hosting Gastronomy Exhibition Centers, Dijon will be the reference on the culture of the vine and wine. Located on the site of the ideally-located 18th-century former general hospital, the International Gastronomy Exhibition Centre in Dijon will notably include a wine sommelier school, a wine exhibition area and food and an eco-friendly neighborhood. Read more

HAUT DE FRANCE – Nord-Pas-de-Calais – Picardy



  • Franco-American Museum of Blérancourt


Reopening – February 2017

 At the other end of the country, in Picardy, the Franco-American Museum of Blérancourt, will reopen in the fall of 2016 after an ambitious expansion that includes a new wing and reorganization to showcase its comprehensive collection of art and documents dedicated to the Franco-American relationship. The museum was founded by Anne Morgan, the remarkable daughter of U.S. industrialist, philanthropist and art collector J.P. Morgan. She transformed the Château de Blérancourt, her WWI and post-war headquarters in Picardy, into the Franco-American Museum. After she donated it in 1931 to the French Government, it was declared a national museum. The reopening will most likely be late September.


  • Opening of the Galleries Lafayette Foundation


Opening – Fall 2017


A 2,500m² space devoted to contemporary for creating, shaping and exhibiting Art, the Foundation aims to support contemporary artists and creativity, from the visual arts to fashion, design and the performing arts. Read more


  • Complete Opening of all the spaces at the Monnaie de Paris


Opening – Spring, 2017

 This project transformed the Monnaie de Paris into a lively and welcoming place, open to the city with new cultural, commercial and gastronomic offers. Art workshops, never-before-seen treasures from the Monnaie de Paris’s collections and a rich contemporary exhibition programme will be unveiled to the public. Artistic creations and artisanal excellence will also be presented in the new shop by Monnaie de Paris, a concept store also selling other brands from the Comité Colbert. Michelin-starred chef Guy Savoy will open two restaurants, bringing his gourmet restaurant on rue Troyon to the Seine and opening a brasserie, the ‘MétaLcafé’. Read more


  • Opening of the Cité musicale Départementale of Île Seguin


Opening – Spring 2017


This cultural venue is dedicated to very high quality musical performances. The centre hosts shows and also provides resources for practicing and creating music. Dedicated to current music, the hall has 4,000 seats (up to 6,000 standing depending on the configuration) and has flexible resources that are unique in Europe. The auditorium has 1,100 seats and hosts classical and contemporary music events; its exceptional acoustics mean no need for amplification. Read more


  • Opening of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum


Opening- Fall 2017


The Parisian museum will be hosted in the historical couture house, 5 avenue Marceau, where Yves Saint Laurent designed and created his work for almost 30 years, from 1974 to 2002; and home to the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent since 2004. The public will explore the richness of this heritage through a constantly updated display of the collection. By walking through the former haute couture salons and Yves Saint Laurent’s studio, visitors will experience the essence of the creation process within the haute couture house. Read more


  • Opening of l’Atelier des Lumieres


Opening – 2018


L’Atelier des Lumières, a new cultural space dedicated to immersive art exhibitions, is to open within the next 18 months in the 11th arrondissement of Paris — the first of its kind in the French capital. This innovative project combines state-of-the-art projection technology with original musical scores to create an unparalleled viewing experience of masterpieces by the biggest names in art history.


  • Panorama XXL – Rouen



 The first and only Panorama in France, the 31-metre high rotunda offers 360° panoramic views of circular paintings by the German artist, Yadegar Asisi.

On world exclusive display until September 2017, Gothic Rouen, a panorama of the city in the Middle ages with Joan of Arc as the central theme. Read more


  • Normandy Outlet – Honfleur – 2017

At the foot of the Pont de Normandie, the first factory outlet village in Western France will host 100 fashion and lifestyle shops selling national and international brands. Read more






  • Cité de la Gastronomie – Hotel Dieu 


Opening: end of 2017


The UNESCO World Heritage city of Lyon, home to the likes of three-star Michelin chef Paul Bocuse, will be opening a true temple of gastronomy. Late in the year, Lyon’s Grand Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital until early 2000, will swing wide its doors to the Cité de la Gastronomie, a space devoted to the flavors, styles, art and pleasures of cooking. Exhibitions, research and education will bring to life a devotion to culinary tradition and invention. In the same complex will be the city’s first InterContinental hotel. Read more