On May 17, 2016, the Ministry of Culture installed the mission Museums of the XXIe century. This reflection shared by the entire network of Museums of France gave rise to the report Inventing museums for tomorrow whose conclusions were presented in March 2017.

The conclusions of the mission Museums of XXIe The century was embodied by a series of measures, including the creation of the Dare the Museum Prize. This award distinguishes museums engaged in a proactive and innovative policy towards people in situations of exclusion or social and economic vulnerability.

The third edition of the Osez le musée prize confirmed the interest aroused by a device that testifies to the great diversity of museums in France, their strong territorial anchorage, and their dynamism to meet all audiences.

The quality of records from year to year tends to show that the recognition of cultural rights becomes a central objective of scientific and cultural projects and the programming of our museums.

The remarkable commitment and mobilization of teams throughout France for the democratization of culture, the development of audiences and the renewal of mediation policies should be commended.

Awareness and real ownership of social issues, inclusion and participation of residents and users, partnership dimension and openness to civil society, logic of contractualisation, The strong involvement of local authorities and elected representatives are now the watchwords of global, sustainable, reproducible and transposable strategies.

The jury, which was largely open to national solidarity associations, met last November under the chairmanship of the Director General of Heritage, awarded the following prize:


  • First prize ex aequo: Museums of the City of Marseille/ Museum of Fine Arts of Brest 

The Museum Service of the City of Marseille’s Cultural Action Department manages eleven museums. He took advantage of Marseille-Provence 2013, the European Capital of Culture, to restructure and rethink its cultural and public service, and to renew and optimize its mediation offer. As a key player in the «Vivre ensemble, Marseille» network and the «Réseau Culture Ville et Santé», it provides important resources to fight against inequalities and the cultural divide in the vast Marseille conurbation. His commitment to the long term and defining a completely remarkable development trajectory was unanimously welcomed by the jury.

The Museum of Fine Arts of Brest can boast of a sustainable work and a high density and diversity towards the prevented audiences and the social field. Relying in particular on the richness of its art library, it carries a completely original approach of circulation, transmission and appropriation of works where cultural rights have their place. The overall dynamism of its action within the framework of a clearly defined and strongly affirmed territorial strategy as well as its resolute commitment to widespread accessibility were favored by the jury.

  • Second prize ex aequo: Museum of Modern Art in Céret/ Ceramic Museum in Lezoux 

The action of the Museum of Modern Art in Céret testifies to the courageous, daring and sometimes little-known mobilization of our museums in rural areas. This museum bears the mark of an ambitious territorial anchorage. Its exemplary agreement with Pôle Emploi for the return to employment of people who are deprived of it reminds us that the culture of sharing offers everyone the opportunity to regain self-esteem and allows to imagine innovative training tools and benevolent.


The Ceramic Museum in Lezoux is one of those heritage institutions that have endeavoured to place the requirement of widespread accessibility at the centre of their priorities from the outset. Cultural rights, inclusion and participation of residents and audiences, iterative exchanges and innovation in mediation are thus an integral part of its DNA. The ceramic museum is also part of the rural reality and actively participates, with a lot of energy and ambition, in a territorial renewal.

  • Third prize: Palais Fesch – Fine Arts Museum in Ajaccio 

The Ajaccio Museum of Fine Arts is distinguished by a well-established, diversified, long-term partnership strategy that is bearing fruit as it has reached thousands of people in close proximity over the past decade. The strength and priority of its action outside the walls, its remarkable efforts on digital through its website but also with an application «Palais Fesch» widely available on download platforms underscore its commitment to cultural democratization.

This list once again attests to the vitality of the territories and cultural actors, who are closely involved in building our common values. Without a doubt, the Dare the Museum award is part of the actions conducted or supported by the Ministry of Culture to build and further strengthen the national, social and territorial cohesion that France needs.” Franck Riester, Minister of Culture