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The Essentials Cycle

The Essentials of the National Archives

The 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
From September 15, 2021 to January 3, 2022
Hôtel de Soubise - Free admission

Cycle Les Essentiels des Archives nationalesThe National Archive's new cycle of exhibitions, opening in Autumn 2021, showcases some of the most symbolic documents in France's history with the aim of encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of their significance.
Here at the National Archives, we strive to bring the general public into contact with originals of well-known key documents from history that are as important for our present as they were for our past.

We open this cycle with a highly symbolic founding document : the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. In Spring 2022, the cycle will feature the 1848 Decree abolishing slavery. The public will be consulted on which documents they would like to see in subsequent exhibits. You will decide.
See the selection of documents

Access to these iconic documents is of course free of charge. We remain true to the principle of "democratic accountability" which has been the touchstone of the public archives since the French Revolution.