Published on July 16, 2019
Updated on March 12, 2024

Bringing culture and writing to life with the Musée de La Poste and Fondation La Poste

What is the delivery of mail and press if not a vital part of the dissemination of ideas? From this long-standing activity, Le Groupe La Poste has developed a strong attachment to the world of culture.  The Musée de La Poste celebrates this artistic exchange via the postal service.

 Set up in 1946 and located in the Montparnasse district of Paris since 1973, the Musée de La Poste, which has been designated a "Musée de France", preserves and promotes major collections that are not only historical but also contemporary, technical and societal, philatelic and artistic.

These collections tell the story of several centuries, not only of postal activities, but also, through them, of everyday life in France and how it has evolved.

The Museum is also the only legal depository of the archives relating to the production of all French postage stamps.

Today, it houses 37,000 works and objects illustrating the history and work of La Poste from the Middle Ages to the present day, over 200,000 images, 30,000 printed works and over a million philatelic items, not to mention a large collection of mail art and contemporary art.

Completely renovated in 2019, the Musée de La Poste offers visitors a permanent exhibition brimming with postal objects, video and sound archives, works of art and edutainment facilities.

It also designs and organises temporary exhibitions open to contemporary artists.

The Musée de La Poste is currently hosting the following exhibitions:

The "Nouvelles du paradis - La carte postale de vacances" exhibition Until 18 March 2024

Combining history, ethnology and contemporary art, this exhibition reveals the behind-the-scenes aspects of the holiday postcard in a joyful and exciting double-sided journey. Find out more

Promoting writing as a means of communication

La Poste's corporate foundation promotes human development and proximity through writing, for everyone, throughout the country and in all its forms.

Fondation La Poste works to promote writing as a means of communication and is involved in a number of initiatives that enhance knowledge of the written word: The Prix Wepler-Fondation La Poste, the Prix Sévigné and the Prix "Envoyé par La Poste", the Zellidja association (travel grants for young people), the Marathon des mots in Toulouse and the Festival de la Correspondance in Grignan.  

 It encourages access to writing in its various forms (letters, numbers, digital) for those who are excluded or on the verge of exclusion from the practice and mastery of writing, and who do not have access to the activities they directly condition, or to the well-being they provide. The Fondation La Poste ensures that the initiatives it supports are spread across the country and involve postal workers.

Le Groupe La Poste also supports the arts, from the Fondation du Doute in Blois alongside the artist Ben to the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art.

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