The Ministry of Culture launches every year, in the direction of territorial museums, associations or foundations benefiting from the designation "Museum of France", a call for projects in order to obtain the label exhibition of national interest. It is coordinated at the regional level by the DRAC. Since 2014, Île-de-France has recorded 12 labelled exposures. Focus on this original label that recognizes the quality of the exhibitions worn by the territorial museums.


The label exhibition of national interest (EIN) was created in 1999 to allow territorial museums to organize major exhibitions and to conduct a quality cultural and educational policy towards different audiences.

Selected according to their scientific quality and the innovative nature of the cultural mediation actions that accompany them, exhibitions of national interest are part of the Ministry of Culture’s policy of dissemination and enlargement of audiences. They also participate in its policy of territorial action, with the search for a fair distribution of State aid among the regional authorities carrying projects. Finally, they are an opportunity to highlight the partnerships forged between museums in France (exhibition roaming, co-production, loans), but also with the national museums in order to facilitate and enhance the circulation of works of national collections within the territories, as close as possible to the audiences that are distant from them.


In 2022-2023, four museums in France benefited from this label

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© Posters of the "Trenches" exhibitions at the Great War Museum in Meaux, "Alphonse Durand, a life at the service of monuments" in Mantes-la-Jolie and "Nurses" at the Great War Museum in Meaux

Two new exhibitions have been certified this year. The Great War Museum in Meaux (77) has again received this label for the exhibition "Nurses, silent heroines of the Great War" (until 31 December 2023), as well as the Seine-et-Marne Museum in Saint-Cyr-sur-Morin (77), for "The Oval World of Mac Orlan", as part of the Rugby World Cup in Paris from September 10 to December 10, 2023. This exhibition also benefits from the Cultural Olympiad label.

12 exhibitions of national interest in Île-de-France

Two museums in France had already benefited from this label in 2022, the Hôtel-Dieu Museum, in Mantes-la-Jolie (78), for an exhibition dedicated to "Alphonse Durand (1813-1882)": a life at the service of monuments; the Great War Museum, in Meaux (77), for the exhibition "Trenches", the first dedicated specifically to this defensive system.

In the Île-de-France region, 12 exhibitions were awarded the label EIN since the first labelling in 2014 with the exhibition "Tourbillonnante Joséphine Baker" of the museum of the thirties in Boulogne-Billancourt (92).

*Header photo, "distribution of linen to evacuees from the North" © Great War Museum, Meaux