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Exhibitions

The temporary exhibitions offer an opportunity to question preconceived notions in our perpetual goal to better understand history and the contemporary world.

Two forms of exhibition exist: those that favour the relationship to the city – whether it is historical or societal – and those that question Nantes’s relationship to other territories. Often in tandem with major institutions, national (or international) museums, they offer an occasion to reveal objects rarely seen by the public.

Whether using objects obtained via collection drives, or through the museum’s own collections, the “expositions de territoire” return to key moments in the city’s history, and in the local population’s relationship to Nantes. As a result, the public was able to discover Nantaises au travail – about work in the city; Nantais venus d’ailleurs – about foreigners who made Nantes their home; En guerres, 1914-1918 / 1939-1945, Nantes / Saint-Nazaire ­–about the World Warsand Rock ! Une histoire nantaise – which examined the history of the local rock scene… to name just a few! With the museum’s acquisition policy, these exhibitions correspond to its singular spirit as an institution that has continually evolved and questioned itself since its creation. They have allowed for new museum rooms to be opened as well as for certain themes to be developed throughout the itinerary.

The curators of certain exhibitions on the relationship between Nantes and the world have been instituted by the museum’s management. This was the case, for example, with La Soie & le Canon FRANCE-CHINE (1700/1860) in 2010, and with Samouraï, 1 000 ans d’histoire du Japon in 2014.
Others were established in partnership with international museums, like: Icônes, trésors de réfugiés, in partnership with the Byzantine and Christian Museum in 2016, Les Esprits, l’Or et le Chaman, in partnership with The Museo del Oro in Colombia in 2017, Nous les appelons Vikings, in collaboration and coproduced with The Swedish History Museum in Stockholm and MuseumsPartner in Austria in 2018.

Since 2007, 26 exhibitions have been opened to the public, 6 of which have been labelled “of national interest” by the French government. 

événement

The Abyss: Nantes’s role in the slave trade and colonial slavery, 1707-1830

October 16th 2021 — June 14th 2022

Exhibition

Expression(s) décoloniale(s) #2

May 06th — November 14th 2021

Exhibition

Exhibition LU

December 15th 2020 — May 16th 2021

past event - exhibition

Rock !

February 24th 2018 — November 10th 2019

past event - exhibition

Cimarron

February 02nd — April 14th 2019

past event - exhibition

We call them vikings

June 16th — November 18th 2018

past event - exhibition

Les 47 rônin

October 21st 2017 — January 07th 2018

past event - exhibition

Les esprits, l'or et le chaman

July 01st — November 12nd 2017

past event - exhibition

Icons

July 02nd — November 13rd 2016

past event - exhibition

Flamands et Hollandais

May 30th — August 31st 2015

past event - exhibition

Jean-Émile Laboureur

January 17th — May 17th 2015

PAST EVENT - exhibition

Samurai

June 28th — November 11st 2014

past event - exhibition

Wartime schooldays, 1914-1918

January 25th — April 20th 2014

past event - exhibition

In war times

February 23rd 2013 — February 23rd 2014

past even - exhibition

The Austria : a tragedy in the Atlantic

June 15th — November 11st 2012

PAST EVENT - EXHIBITION

Nantes women at work from the 18th century to nowadays

February 11st — May 20th 2012

PAST EVENT - EXHIBITION

Nantes citizens from elsewhere

April 02nd — November 06th 2011

PAST EVENT - EXHIBITION

Georges Evano

February 17th — April 16th 2011

PAST EVENT - EXHIBITION

Silk and cannons

June 26th — November 07th 2010

PAST EVENT - EXHIBITION

History from the sea

April 04th — September 30th 2009

Past event - Exhibition

Mirror, mirror on the wall

October 04th 2008 — January 04th 2009

Past even - Exhibition

Anne de Bretagne

June 30th — September 30th 2007

PAST EVENT - EXHIBITION

France, Nouvelle-France

March 09th — June 10th 2007

événement

Son of the Sky and Steppes Gengis Khan and the Birth of the Mongolian Empire

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