Located on the ground floor of the summer residence of Raymond Poincaré (1860-1934) in Sampigny, the Raymond Poincaré Museum looks back at the life and career of this illustrious figure from Meuse: a lawyer, an academic, a statesman and President of the Republic during the Great War.

Born in Meuse; destined for national greatness

Elected President of the Republic on 17 January 1913, his term of office spanned the entire Great War, which profoundly marked his political career. Presidential gifts, photographs, personal items, audio archives and audiovisual documents help to illustrate the life and career of Raymond Poincaré. The collection of newspapers, posters and postcards are proof of the penchant for caricatures in the first half of the 20th century. As a major political figure, Raymond Poincaré did not escape the caricaturist’s pen.

A garden of the past and the present

It’s here that I have spent the best days of my life,” confided Raymond Poincaré in his memoirs. Overlooking the Meuse valley, the Louis XIII residence built by the Nancy-based architect Charles-Désiré Bourgon is beautifully enhanced by a terraced garden boasting a mixture of Italian flowerbeds, rockeries and a variety of plant species from Nancy’s national collection. The covered Asian-themed seating area provides stunning views of the village. Flower-filled meadows, genuine reservoirs of biodiversity, are being cultivated where the vegetable garden once stood

Opening hours

The Raymond Poincaré Museum is open from April to November:

  • during the week, except Tuesdays, from 10am to 12 noon, and from 2pm to 5.30pm.
  • at weekends and on public holidays from 2pm to 6pm.

The rest of the year, the museum is open to groups by request only.


Free admission

From April to November, Le Clos Raymond Poincaré hosts a range of events, including concerts, shows, workshops and garden tours, to delight visitors of all ages. Unless otherwise stated, all events are free of charge.

The Raymond Poincaré Museum is involved in events organised by the Ministry of Culture, such as Museums' Night, Garden tours, National Archaeology Days and European Heritage Days Don’t miss the chance to explore the Poincaré gardens! A must-do experience for any plant lover, the Les Floréals display takes place at Le Clos every year, organised by the Coup de Pousse association. Take in the spring air on the first weekend in April, wandering around the gardens. €2 Free for under 12s

Make puppets and sketch a caricature: during the school holidays, the Raymond Poincaré Museum puts on various workshops designed for children and their parents.
Check out the programme! (Lien flyer Sampigny)
A fun-filled activity book, children’s tour and play area are provided so that little ones can enjoy a visit to the museum and the park.

Guided tours for groups can be arranged during the week, on request. Please ask the museum staff for more details.

  • An historic event: the Great War
  • Men and soldiers
  • One man, Raymond Poincaré
  • A location: his summer residence.
Meuse’s museum educational team give visitors a fresh perspective on these four themes by examining documents and original items, such as newspapers, paintings, drawings, caricatures, advertising posters and daily objects. An educational pack for teachers is issued upon registration, with another given to each student when they arrive for their session. This event can be rounded off with a self-guided tour of the Bois Brûlé site, near St Mihiel. The educational packs for teachers and students are provided free of charge.
Contact : Marie-Laure Milot  / 03 29 90 70 50 (Monday and Tuesday)


Clos Raymond Poincaré
55300 Sampigny

03 29 90 70 50

Email : cdmm[at]

Contact : Eloïse CHAMPLON