Réunion des Musées Nationaux

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Grand Palais

The Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) is a French cultural umbrella organisation, an établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial (EPIC), formed in 2011, through the merger of the Paris National Museums and the Grand Palais.[1]

Its genesis came about in 1896, under the leadership of the French statesmen Raymond Poincaré and Georges Leygues,[2] with the aim of purchasing works of art for national collections. The institution has three current directives: the welcoming of the public, the organizing of temporary exhibitions, and the holding of exhibitions and its permanent collections.

On January 1, 2011, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux merged with the public establishment of the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, which had been created in 2007. The new public institution is now governed by decree no 2011-52 of January 13, 2011.[3]

The RMN is responsible for 34 national museums. Two statutes exist for these national museums; most are also public institutions with legal and financial autonomy. The others are services with national jurisdiction (SCN [fr]), attached to the Museums Department of France (SMF [fr]).


  1. ^ "Grand Palais (RMN)". RMN. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  2. ^ Jacques Sallois, Les musées de France, 4e éd., Paris, PUF, « Que sais-je ? », 2008, p. 26.
  3. ^ "Texte du décret du 13 janvier 2011 sur Légifrance". www.legifrance.gouv.fr. Retrieved 2022-06-12.

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Coordinates: 48°50′52″N 2°22′06″E / 48.8479°N 2.3682°E / 48.8479; 2.3682