22/9/10 – Museum – Paris, Maison de l’Histoire de France – In a speech delivered on 12 September in Lascaux, the President of the French Republic confirmed the information we had published last Friday (see article in French) : the Maison  de l’Histoire de France will indeed be housed at the Archives Nationales in Paris. Starting next spring, the gardens will be open to the public (we hope Robert Le Lorrain’s Sun Horses will be as well). An exhibition presenting the future museum will take place before the end of 2011.
This Maison de l’Histoire de France, which will be officially created in the next few days, will join the federation of historical museums which already exist in France. It will most likely be inaugurated in 2015.
Although Nicolas Sarkozy did not provide any further details, we can offer information concerning the probable layout of the exhibition galleries. The permanent exhibition rooms will be located on the ground floor of the Magasins Napoléon III where the very beautiful décor, alas, disappeared several decades ago, thus giving free rein to the installation. The two floors above (with their original décor intact) will still be used to store archives before 1789. Temporary exhibitions will be presented in the Hôtel de Soubise (already used for this purpose by the Archives) as well as in the Chamson building dating from the 1960’s. The décor of the Hôtel de la Chancellerie d’Orléans is to be installed, as we had said, in the Hôtel de Rohan-Strasburg.
Finally, we point out that the President of the Republic also stated in his speech that he wishes to continue encouraging tax deductions on heritage, a measure which was threatened by the current policy of reducing tax benefits but which has now been maintained.