To open up our site and our workshops to the general public, we have designed two circuits for visitors: the first is a free architectural tour, and the second is a paid experiential circuit. It reveals behind-the-scenes manufacturing secrets.
The stations in this circuit let visitors look into the artisan workshops and the heritage collections, many of which have never been revealed before. The visitor will be able to understand both the "how" and the "why" of production at Monnaie de Paris.
The visitor is an active participant in the experience, in a friendly atmosphere and designed to as inclusive as possible.
In this circuit, our ambition is to:
- showcase the artisan crafts that ensure the quality of production;
- encourage vocations;
- raise awareness amongst a broad sector of the public about the institution and its future development projects;
- create a privileged connection between the visitor, the creators, artisans, contemporary art and our productions.
Showcasing French excellence
Fifty-five workers are employed at Quai de Conti, thirty of them in artistic crafts. They all strive in their daily work to improve and innovate techniques and productions. This is why they are at the heart of this experiential exhibition.
The visitor will be invited to meet the artisans and discover their secrets thanks to direct observation in the workshops but also through videos, interactive displays, hands-on machinery and objects that are specially made in our workshops.
The exhibition will also show the modernity of an enterprise that has succeeded in adapting its industry to remain creative and competitive, by collaborating with contemporary artists and developing new production techniques.
For example, the visitor will discover that our project also involves a return to production in the Grand Monnayage. Since 2014, coin presses have been reinstalled in this space after being absent for 41 years. As a result, this venue, a classified Historic Monument, has reconnected with its original purpose: striking coins.
A 10,000 square metre playground
By opening the building up to Paris, we wanted to provide a circuit that is free of charge, with an outdoor itinerary in the courtyards, passages and gardens that are accessible to all members of the public.
The aim is to show people the history of the building and its timeless connections with the institution and its workshops. Through these stations and videos, the visitor can discover the secrets of this Neoclassical architecture designed for Monnaie de Paris in the 18th century.
Promote our collections
The scientific study of our heritage collections that include approximately 140,000 objects, of which 20% are coins, led to the selection of some 1,500 objects and 600 iconographies that will be displayed to elucidate themes that explore History, Art History, technical processes, physics and chemistry, economics, creation,…
The circuit will provide a continuous display of productions from previous eras as well as contemporary productions that are a testimony to our know-how. There is a turn-over of more than one-third of the collections on display every year. Special exhibits on a given topic will be presented several times a year, to round out the thematic range of the exhibition. Exceptional collections will be given a place of honour: 1 kg gold coin, prestigious medals, artistic castings, technological innovation, and treasures...
This is a heritage project thanks to the spatial and historical dimension of the site, a prestigious project because of the personalities and the brands involved, and also a civic project because it pays tribute to artisan crafts, ensuring their sustainability and making them publicly accessible in the very heart of Paris.
Christophe Beaux (CEO from 2007 to 2017)