The Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration (National Museum of the History of Immigration) is a multidisciplinary cultural, scientific and educational institution: exhibition spaces, theater, cinema, a site for reflection and debate as well as artistic activities...
The mission of the Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration is to assemble, protect, enhance and make the history of immigration accessible to the greatest number of people, to communicate and recognize the role of immigration in the construction of France.
The responsibility of the Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration is to constitute, preserve and present to the public a collection representative of the history, arts and cultures of immigration. This collection brings a new focus to the history of France, by showing the contribution of immigrants to the country’s economic development, social evolution and cultural life.
With a comparative approach of views and disciplines, the permanent exhibition Repères (Markers) presents two centuries in the history of immigration: personal accounts, archives, photographs and artworks are assembled in an interactive space for an historical and thematic journey relating the major events in French history since the 19th century.
Each visitor can enrich the museum’s collection by making a gift or a loan, accompanied by a personal account, and add a personal object to the Galerie des Dons (Gift Gallery). By exhibiting real life experiences, this gallery brings the museum personal stories, photos and objects, often handed down from generation to generation.
Comparative approaches, social issues, a focus on the history of an immigration, a zoom on an artist, temporary exhibitions help us discover other facets of our shared history or delve into themes presented in the permanent collection.
Music, shows, conferences, cinema, literary meetings, debates, events for young people… Temporary exhibitions and the cultural calendar are enriched with programming that puts the spotlight on artists, creators, researchers or writers who explore various areas of immigration, its history, or cultural diversity in France and in the world.
Free and accessible to all, the media library offers researchers, students, teachers and professionals a variety of resources and documents related to history, memory and the cultures of immigration in France, from the 19th century to today. It contains a highly diversified collection: documentation, documentary records, grey literature, press reviews, thematic bibliographies, posters and periodicals. It also boasts an exceptional audiovisual and multimedia collection: militant films, documentaries, fictional films, sound files... a documentary portal accessible on line and a multimedia space complement the range of services available to readers.