Created in 1956, the Meuse Museums Conservation department in Meuse aims to provide scientific and technical support for the ten Musées de France in the area.

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Le réseau des musées de la Meuse regroupe les dix musées de France du département.
En 1956, la Conservation départementale des Musées de la Meuse a été créée à l’initiative du Département de la Meuse pour assurer l’assistance scientifique et technique des musées meusiens. Le service, devenu Conservation et Valorisation du Patrimoine et des Musées de la Meuse en 2017, administre aujourd’hui le musée Raymond Poincaré à Sampigny et le musée de la Bière à Stenay dont les collections sont la propriété du Département de la Meuse. Par ailleurs, ce service gère scientifiquement par convention les collections municipales des musées de Commercy, de Saint-Mihiel, de Vaucouleurs, de Varennes-en-Argonne et des musées de Montmédy.
Le musée de la Princerie de Verdun et le Musée barrois de Bar-le-Duc sont indépendants et régis respectivement par la Communauté d’Agglomération du Grand Verdun et par la Communauté d’Agglomération Bar-le-Duc Sud Meuse.

The Musée de France accreditation was implemented by the law of 4 January 2002 relating to the museums of France. This status can be awarded to museums belonging to the State, to another legal entity of public law or to a not-for-profit entity of private law.

The Musées de France collections are inalienable and must be listed on a register. The Musées de France are eligible for scientific, technical and financial assistance from the State.
Museums exist to conserve, restore, study and enhance their collections, to make them accessible to as many people as possible, to design and implement educational and awareness-raising initiatives designed to ensure that everyone can access culture equally, to help promote knowledge acquisition and research improvements, and to spread these far and wide.

1,218 museums have been awarded Musée de France status.

The Conservation department for Meuse’s museums are involved in conserving, safeguarding, restoring, enhancing, enriching and promoting the collections within these museums.

The law of 4 January 2002 relating to the Musées de France ensures a duty for all Musées de France to keep a register and to list their collections. Conducted every ten years, this operation involves checking that a work is present in the collections, and verifying its location and its condition, as well as ensuring that it is clearly marked with its register number and is consistent with the inventory and the various documentary sources (archives, artwork records, catalogues, etc.). Each object is examined, measured and photographed. Its condition, as well as any other observations of potential interest, is noted. This basic operation provides a chance to prevent or observe changes in, loss of and even damage to a particular work.

Listing works in this way helps to deepen and update our understanding of our heritage. The information gathered is now computerised.


The Meuse Museum Conservation department devises and implements museum-related projects (creating, renovating and extending museums). It designs and organises temporary exhibitions and publishes scientific works and informative pamphlets for the general public.

Liaising closely with the national education ministry, Meuse’s museum educational service exists to support teaching establishments from pre-school through to 6th form. It aims to provide information about the collections and the events organised in Meuse’s museums. It designs and coordinates activities for harnessing the educational potential of these collections and exhibitions (workshops, kids’ activity booklets, teacher packs, educational toolkits, etc.). Contact us.

The Meuse Museum Conservation team provides researchers and students with a library of some 3,000 works, specialist publications in art, archaeology, history and museology, and a photo library comprising around 20,000 shots (negatives, slides, old prints and photographs).