" And with the power of a word/ I start my life over / I was born to know you / To name you, Liberty " Paul Éluard
The Art and History Museum though founded in 1901, took residence since 1981 in the ancient 17th century Carmelite monastery, which had gardens that expanded all the way to the capital's doorstep. The visit of one of the daughters of Louis the 15th led to the edification of the neoclassic chapel in 1770, which housed a tribunal between 1895 and 1993. The Museum distinguished itself from another 42 contenders when it received the European Prize for Museums in 1982, awarded by UNESCO.
The Museum is home to two particularly remarkable archives, on the Paris Commune and on the poet Paul Éluard, local to Saint-Denis.
The rooms are home to a wealth of permanent collections :
All year long, the museum also welcomes temporary exhibitions.
The gardens of the monastery are open to the public.
Musée d'art et d'histoire
22 bis, rue Gabriel Péri
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 43 05 10
By Métro, ligne 13 : porte de Paris, sortie n°4
By RER D : gare de Saint-Denis
By Bus : 154, 254, 177, 255, 170 (square de Geyter)
By car : link to interactive map