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Paris Museum Train launched to encourage passengers to visit city’s artworks

Paris Train Museum: Four carriages of a train travelling on Line C have been decorated with museum artworks

Paris Train Museum depicting artwork from the Carnavalet. (c) Mediakeys-France-Transilien-SNCF

Paris Musées and train operator Transilien SNCF have joined forces to launch the Paris Museum Train for passengers travelling through Île-de-France region of the capital.

The Paris Museum Train is decorated with works from some of the city’s 14 municipality museums and travels along Line C of the Réseau Express Régional (Regional Express Network).

Four cars present film-coated decors

Paris Train Museum: Four carriages of a train travelling on Line C have been decorated with museum artworks

Paris Train Museum depicting artwork from the Petit-Palais. (c) Mediakeys-France-Transilien-SNCF

Four cars now present film-coated decors from four Parisian museums including the emblematic Parisian salons kept at the Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris museum, the Electricity Fairy by Raoul Dufy, a masterpiece of the Musée d ‘Modern Art of Paris, the new sculpture gallery of the Petit Palais and some of the most impressive costumes from the Palais Galliera.

“The idea is to encourage passengers to visit these four museums through which the C line passes and enjoy a cultural moment,” SNCF, said.

The Paris Museums Train crosses 36 stations every day and five departments; Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Val de Marne, Essonne and Yvelines.

Paris Train Museum depicting artwork from the Carnavalet. (c) Mediakeys-France-Transilien-SNCF

Line C of the RER travels east-west and north-south along the capital’s train network.

Line C serves the following museums:

  • the Museum of Modern Art in Paris from the Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel and Pont de l’Alma stations
  • the Palais Galliera, the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris from the Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel and Pont de l’Alma stations
  • le Petit Palais, Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris from Invalides station
  • the Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris museum from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station
  • the Cognacq-Jay museum, from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station
  • la Maison de Victor Hugo, from Austerlitz station
  • the Archaeological Crypt of Île-de-la-Cité from Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station
  • la Maison de Balzac from the Avenue du President Kennedy station

Since 2013, Paris Musées grouped the municipal museums of the city and their central services.

It says that thanks to its legal and budgetary independence, it can respond quickly and provide efficient implementation of museum projects.

Highlighting rich artistic heritage

“This operation is intended to highlight the rich artistic heritage of the city’s museums,” Councillor for Culture, Carine Rolland, said. “It is a way of highlighting and reinforcing the attractiveness of the capital.”

The Paris Museum Train continues a tradition of similar initiatives on Line C. In 2012 it hosted the Palace of Versailles train and before that the Impressionists train in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay and the Arts and Civilisations train, in cooperation with the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac.

About the author – Adrian Murphy

Adrian is the Editor of MuseumNext and has 20 years’ experience as a journalist, half of which has been writing for the cultural sector.

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