Established in an exquisite XVIII century building in a neo-classical style, the Monnaie de Paris Museum, possesses an impressive collection of coins and medals from antiquity to the modern day. Also the home of the National Mint, the collections it houses are both French and foreign along with important archival collections of the mint.
The exhibition design
The new exhibition has been curated by Dominique Anterion with the exhibition design of architect Philippe Prost. With a multidisciplinary approach, the museum deals with historical themes, art history, technology, physics, chemistry and economics through the exhibition of more than 1500 objects. Significant parts include the Rue Mouffetard treasure and the Hué treasure and over 600 iconographic documents. Many of which were intended to be exhibited in rotation over time, tangible testimonies to a constant transfer of knowledge and know how.
Along the exhibition path, the visitor meets the craftsmen and shares their secrets by being able to watch them performing their trades. These areas are enhanced by video, multimedia and interactive devices as well as manual equipment and specially created objects. It retraces the history of an institution that knew how to adapt itself to the challenges of modernity in order to remain creative and competitive, by collaborating with contemporary artists and by developing new production techniques.
The display cases
Goppion is responsible for the display case installations in many museums and coin collection galleries, including the Coin Museum of the Palazzo Massimo in Rome. For the Hotel de la Monnaie di Parigi Goppion has created around 40 display cases of various types aimed at hosting the prestigious coin collections, including the Rue Mouffetard treasure and the Hué treasure, for which a level of special security in the display cases was required. Goppion’s display cases are wall-mounted, built-in and table displays inspired by the worktops of old factories. Of particular note are the two large display cabinets with curved sides that adapt to an absidal wall of the building. All of the display cabinets are equipped with internal lighting with wireless commands, which are controlled by tablets or other devices.