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Musee national des Arts et Traditions Populaires

The Musee national des Arts et Traditions Populaires, which basically translates to the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions was first founded in 1937 by George-Henri River from the collections of the French section of the Museum of Ethnography at the Trocadero.

After World War II the art and folklawe traditions had established a scinetific purpose and people travelled throughout France to collate information and objects from times gone by, with many of these having been found in attics and completely forgotten about.

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Musee national des Arts et Traditions Populaires

Gradually the location became too small for the museum and a building was designed to house the collection in the Bois de Boulogne area of Paris and so from 1969, this is where the Musee national des Arts et Traditions Populaires was housed until 2001.

Yes, you read correctly, the word 'was'.

Unfortunately the museum is no longer open to the public and the entire collections are gradually being transferred to the museum of Civilisation in Europe and the Mediterranean, which will be opening in Marseilles.

Marseilles is located along the Southeast coast of France in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, plus is also the capital of this region in France and in theory this up to date French museum should be open by the end of 2008.

The largest museum of French society, with its rich heritage, it had to broaden its horizons to reinvent itself into a museum of the civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean and hence the time frame between closure and when this new museum in France called the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, will eventually open.

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