Hôtel de Soubise
The Archives Museum, designed by the director general of the Archives of the Empire, Léon de Laborde, opened in 1867 in the reception rooms of the Hôtel de Soubise: presenting a selection of over 1,800 documents to a curious public. The museum has two objectives: providing visitors with "a summary of events of the history of France" via the "written monuments of the motherland" (to use Laborde's words), and introducing visitors to how writing, media, and diplomatic conventions have changed over time. Successive alterations made it possible to expand the period covered (which had initially stopped with Napoleon I) whilst diminishing the number of items. In 1950 the museum was given new impetus when Régine Pernoud set up the first education service in France and organised the museum's first temporary exhibitions.
The permanent exhibition, which dated from the 19th century, was removed in 1995 as it did not meet public demand and placed the conservation of items at risk. A new and fully revised exhibition was gradually developed in certain rooms of the Hôtel de Soubise. It includes a presentation of the variety of forms and media used for records, the sometimes little-known resources that are conserved in the archives, major documents emblematic of the history of France that act as vessels for French national memory, as well as giving a glimpse of the work carried out by the Archives on a daily basis in classifying, boxing, and stocking records.
Themed temporary exhibitions are regularly held to reveal the wealth of the record groups, with numerous original documents exploring a particular aspect of French history.
60, rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris.
Métros / RER: Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau, Saint-Paul, Châtelet-les Halles, Arts-et-Métiers.
Buses: 29, 58, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 96.
Tel. : +33 (0)1 40 27 60 96 - Fax. : +33 (0)1 40 27 66 45
Open from Monday to Sunday (closed on Tuesdays and holidays)
Weekdays: 10am to 5:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 2pm to 5:30pm
When a temporary exhibitions is on (only for exhibitions held on the first floor of the museum)
Full price: €8
When no temporary exhibition is on
Full price: €5
Concessions and free admission on presentation of supporting documentation
Free on the first Sunday of every month
If you are a guide and wish to book a time slot for a visit:
Tel. : +33 (0)1 40 27 60 29
If you wish to book a visit conducted by an Archives Nationales guide:
Tel. : +33 (0)1 75 47 23 22
Groups of between 11 and 30 people
People aged over 60
Families with three or more children under 18
Members of the Société de l'École Nationale des Chartes, the Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, the Société Nationale des Antiquaires de France, and the Amis du Louvre.
Free admission for
People aged under 26
School parties and the accompanying adults
Archives Nationales readers
Jobseekers and asylum seekers (on presentation of supporting documentation dated within the last six months)
Disabled veterans and their companion or carer
Disabled visitors and their companion or carer
Members of the Société des Amis des Archives de France
Staff and retired staff of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and their companion
Teachers and students at the École Nationale des Chartes, the Institut National du Patrimoine, and the École du Louvre
Scientific personnel of French and foreign public museums
ICOM and ICOMOS members
Guides at French national museums, national tourist guides
Journalists with an official press card
Members of the European Parliament
Association Jeunes Talents
Tel. : +33 (0)1 40 20 09 34