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Cabinet des Médailles et Antiquités Museum

The Cabinet des Médailles et Antiques is a small museum that is housed in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

The permanent exhibits within this museum are of medals and coins along with objet d'art, that range from many hundreds of years ago through to the present times.

The Cabinet des Médailles is also known as Cabinet de France, but the more formal name for this place is an awfully long one, being Le département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiquités de la Bibliothèque Nationale,

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Cabinet des Médailles et Antiquités Museum In Paris France

This museum has some very rare collections of coins that have their origins dating from the treasuries of past French Kings, plus there are rare antiques that even go back to the Middle Ages. 

Although numerous exhibits were originally personally owned by the Kings of France, they eventually became National property and this was when other collectors decided to bequest their own collections, so they would be accessible to scholars.

The Cabinet des Médailles is considered to be one of the oldest museums in France and is situated in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris and being small you can quite comfortably see the collection of antiquities within only an hour or two, but is worth the visit for the exquisite selection on display.

Within the collection, not only will you be able to view lots of coins such as one of the largest and heaviest gold coins in the world, along with medals, but also jewellery, plates, vases, sculptures and more, that have been found from archaeological digs.

In fact, there is a significant display called The Treasure of Gourdon which was found in 1845 near Gourdon in the Saône-et-Loire area of France.  This treasure has been dated back to the 6th century and includes a chalice and around 100 gold coins that are dated from the reigns of the Byzantine emperors.

There is also a documentation centre on the site and the Cabinet des Médailles also has a bookshop and gift shop.

The museum is only open in the afternoons from 1pm through to 5pm but this is every day of the week except on national holidays and days such as Remembrance Day and Bastille Day, yet you will also be pleased to know that like with lots of museums in Paris, you are allowed to use a camera.

Address & Contact Details:

Cabinet des Médailles et Antiquités
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
58 Rue de Richelieu

Telephone: 1 47 03 83 30

Cabinet des Médailles et Antiquités Museum

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