“A picture is worth a thousand words” Confucius

At the heart of the Musée de l'Image


Annaëlle & Fred

"Trace history in pictures"

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The Eden of popular images

In Epinal for a weekend, we were appealed by the idea of the stay "Journey to the heart of beautiful images". We visited the Musée de l’Image, a reflection of Epinal city. 

It is in a contemporary building, with glass facades, that we enter in the heart of one of the world's largest collections of ancient images. The entrance hall heralds a fascinating discovery.

At the reception desk, someone give us all the necessary information and brochures to visit. Good to know: a collection of more than 110,000 images awaits us! One of the most important collections of popular images in Europe printed since the 18th century. We quickly understand that we are in a place steeped in history.

Meeting between ancient images and contemporary works

We begin our visit with the permanent exhibition of the museum. The images appear, the style of the museum takes shape. The collections of proposed images are associated with more contemporary works. It is true that when we look at an image, we become aware that our personal interpretation may differ when we compare it to a contemporary work. The museum's idea of confronting them with other works allows us to see the work from another angle, which we would not necessarily have thought of. An original concept!

We are impressed by the number of works of art presented for this comparison. Between literary works, paintings and photographs, there is really something for everyone. What's more, these thousands of images take us back in time.

The temporary exhibition: Wolf! Who are you?

Make way for the temporary exhibition. In the hall, on our right, large refined images on a white background inform us about the subject of the temporary exhibition. For us, it will be the exhibition "Wolf! Who are you? ». We are leaving for the world of wolves and discovering how humans have perceived them over the centuries. The path to follow traces this animal’s history. The further we go, the more we become aware that the vision given to this animal changes according to the era. During our visit, we are pleasantly surprised to find some available workshops on the topic of that exhibition for children. A playful visit for some, a cultural one for others. It is really a special place to spend a pleasant and original time with the family.

Once the visit is over, it is possible to carry on the discovery just behind the Musée de l'Image, with a visit to the Imagerie factory.


Hours: From September 1st to June 30th

Daily 9:30am - 12pm / 2pm - 6pm (closed on Monday morning)

Friday 9:30 am - 6 pm

Sunday and holidays 10am - 12pm / 2pm - 6pm

Exceptional closure on December 25th and January 1st.

From July 1st to August 31st

Every day 10am - 6pm continuously (closed on Monday morning until 2pm)

Souvenir shop within the museum.

For young and old alike

Trace the history of the images

Enjoy a stay in the Cité des Images