The Museum permits a broad public to look back at the roots of the current issues in architectural creation and urban policies through its collections displayed in a dynamic comparison between the past and the present. The museum now has its space divided into three galleries. The Mouldings Gallery, the heart of the collection, is a legacy of Viollet-le-Duc’s project created by the Commission of Historical Monuments and the sculptor Geoffroy-Dechaume starting in 1882. It presents spectacular mouldings of entire walls of buildings, from early Romanesque art to the 18th century. The Wall Paintings Gallery with its copies of medieval and Renaissance mural art, created in 1937, is an exceptional ensemble for the discovery and study of the painted heritage, often little known and rarely visible. Thirdly, the brand-new Modern and Contemporary Architecture Gallery (1851-2001) presents the changes that have occurred in architecture since the Industrial Revolution.
These three galleries, taken together, introduce visitors to French architecture from the 12th century to the present day, or have them rediscover it, in all its aesthetic, functional, technical, spatial and urban dimensions. This multiple approach is enriched by colloquiums, lectures and temporary exhibitions devoted to heritage that the Cité regularly schedules. The collection is based on the Musée des Monuments Français (Museum of French Monuments) with the addition of a presentation on modern and contemporary architecture.
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