In Normandy 3 exhibitions are recognized «Exhibition of national interest» by the Ministry of Culture «» in 2023: The exhibition Who are you Apollo? From Juliobona to pop culture in Muséoseine and Juliobona in Lillebonne, the exhibition «Slavery, Norman Memories» at the Havre, Honfleur and Rouen museums and the exhibition «Voyage sacré, sacré voyage» at the Evreux and Gisacum archaeological museums.

The label «Exhibition of interestt national”

The Exhibition of National Interest label is a national label of the Ministry of Culture. This label is awarded to exhibitions of museums in France that highlight themes that reflect the richness and diversity of their collections.

These “Exhibitions of National Interest” are part of the Ministry of Culture’s policy of cultural democratization. Throughout the territory, this label rewards an innovative museum discourse, a novel thematic approach, a scenography and a mediation device with the aim of reaching the most varied audiences, particularly in the context of arts and cultural education.

The E’si exposuresnational interest in Normandy in 2023

EWho are you Apollon? From Juliobona to pop culture – Juliobona Gallo-Roman Museum in Lillebonne (Seine-Maritime) – April 15 to November 30, 2023


Under the title Who are you, Apollo? From Juliobona to Pop Culture», this exhibition of national interest invites all audiences to explore the myth of Greek divinity, - through the ages, from antiquity to the present day -, which after being venerated continues to inspire contemporary creation and embody masculine beauty and desire. It celebrates 200 years of discovery of the Apollo of Lillebonne, the largest gilded bronze from Roman Gaul, which joined the collections of the Louvre Museum in 1853.

An Apollo that inspires the artists of yesterday and today. The collections of different typologies and eras will give you to see how Apollo is represented over time, between archaeological objects, historical, representation in Pop Culture…

Resolutely open and diverse, this first temporary exhibition of the Juliobona Museum is aimed at all audiences, first of all the curious and families, who will also benefit from a rich cultural program throughout its duration, but also to amateurs who will find exceptional loans from public institutions, galleries and private collections.

To learn more:

Who are you Apollon? From Juliobona to pop culture

Juliobona Museum:

JULIOBONA, LA cité antique sur la Seine

Exposure « Eskeying, memories of Normandy” - Havre, Honfleur and Rouen Museums (Calvados and Seine-Maritime) – May 10 to November 10, 2023

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Bois du Brésil, Facade ornaments of a mansion on rue Malpalu, 17th century © Meeting of the Metropolitan Museums Rouen Normandy, Museum of Antiquities

Open from May 10, 2023 to November 10, 2023, this exhibition will show the participation of the Normans and the territory of Normandy in the slave trade and slavery during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The exhibition will be presented on three sites by the three associated communities: Réunion des Musées Métropolitains de Rouen (Corderie Valois), Musée Eugène Boudin (Honfleur), Musées d'Art et d'Histoire du Havre (Hôtel Dubocage de Bléville). Each of the exhibition routes will include a common core of archival documents, objects and works from Norman museums, but also borrowed works highlighting:

- Normandy, its economic, industrial and commercial context, its maritime operators (shipowners, masters);

- The various stages of the trade: capture, sale, deportation of slaves from Africa to the West Indies, work on plantations;

- The evolution of mentalities and the various abolishments (1794 and 1848);

- Memory.

The richness of this exhibition will come from the specialized treatment of each site that will offer a different look depending on the cities. The Honfleur site will present the maritime dimension in particular. The Rouen site will focus on the economic and industrial aspects of junk production, the financing of armaments. The Le Havre site will deal with the issue of the protagonists involved (crews, shipowners, plantation owners, trading companies, abolitionists, black presence in Le Havre, etc.).

To find out more :

Exposure “Slavery, Norman Memories” from one land to another

Exhibition «Slavery, Norman Memories» Fortunes and Servitudes

Exhibition «Slavery, Norman Memories» Rouen, the Opposite of a Prosperity

Exhibition « Sacred journey, sacred journey» - Gisacum from 17 June to 17 September 2023, Évreux Museum (Eure) from 21 October 2023 to 3 March 2024


In 2023, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the Musée d'Art, Histoire et Archéologie d'Évreux organizes in partnership with the Archaeological Mission of the Eure Department (MADE) an exceptional exhibition, Voyage sacré, sacré voyage: de Gisacum au musée d'Évreux, around Gisacum, one of the largest sanctuaries of Roman Gaul located less than 6 km from Mediolanum Aulercorum, capital of the Aulerques Eburovices and ancient name of the present city of Évreux.

The Musée d'Évreux was born thanks to discoveries made in Gisacum between 1835 and 1841.

One hundred and fifty years later, Gisacum is an archaeological site that continues to reveal its secrets, according to excavation campaigns and advances in archaeology

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Apollo said of the Old Évreux, bronze, 2nd century, The Old Évreux (Eure), exhumed in 1840. Aureus of Heliogabal mounted in jewels, belonging to the so-called «necklace of the Old Evoreux», III s. of our era, The Old Evoreux.  Museum of Art, History and Archaeology

The exhibition Voyage sacré, sacré voyage: de Gisacum au musée d'Évreux proposes to follow a couple of pilgrims going to Gisacum at the beginning of the 3rd century AD, when the city-sanctuary is at its peak. The aim of the exhibition is to bring together a wide selection of furniture unearthed in the 19th century with that left the ground in the last 15 years, and to re-examine these objects in the light of the latest discoveries. Designed in different thematic modules, it will be held from 17 June to 17 September 2023 in Gisacum, then at the Musée d'Évreux from 21 October 2023 to 3 March 2024.