The memory of women and men who have distinguished themselves in the history of France is valued through the label "Maison des Illustres".  Awarded by the Ministry of Culture, this label contributes to the conservation and transmission of places shaping our country.

Device overview

What is a Maison des Illustres?

Present in all metropolitan areas as well as overseas, the Maisons des Illustres draw a real map of places where the history of our country was shaped. These houses show how the heritage is a territory, alive nourished by the personality of those who lived there leaving their trace. 

The Maisons des Illustres form a network of memorial sites that continues to grow, connecting local history and national history, the intimate and the collective. They reveal the role played by men and women on a political, religious, scientific or artistic level, whose Ministry of Culture intends to recognize the cultural dimension. 

Objectives of the approach

Created in 2011, by the Ministry of Culture, the label «Maisons des Illustres» is intended to enhance places whose vocation is to preserve and transmit the memory of the women and men who inhabited them and distinguished themselves in political history, scientific, social and cultural of France.  

The label guarantees visitors to the Maisons des Illustres:

  • a quality cultural program
  • modalities of accompanying the visit, adapted to all, including the school public and people with disabilities.

To date 253 houses have been labeled.

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Examples of places labeled "Maison des illustres"

To learn more about the labeled places, you can go to the dedicated interactive map.

The label "Maisons des Illustres" in the region

For more information on how and when to file in your area, please refer to the information below.

A question?

If you have any questions about the Maisons des Illustres, please contact:

General Delegation for Transmission, Territories and Cultural Democracy
Department of territories , Pole of the attractiveness of territories
01 40 15 34 02
Address: 182 Rue Saint Honoré

or the Ministry of Culture’s decentralized service in your region, whose contact details are listed above.