Since April 2013, a new consulting space is available for professionals and researchers wishing to pursue their iconographic and historiographical search within the collections and archives handled by the Musée de l’Elysée.

Designed by the architect Jean-Gilles Decosterd who “has created a spatial monochrome, a darkroom of light”, this space offers excellent working conditions.

Covered with black mineral matt painting, equipped with neon lights dimmable by zones from 50 to 800 lux, and polyethylene viewing tables that diffuse light without reflecting it, the viewing space offers the opportunity to control all light sources for an optimal viewing of any photographic material – plates, negatives, vintage or contemporary prints. Three working stations, with access to a database of nearly 80'000 digital images, binoculars, and gloves, are now at the disposal of researchers.

Made possible thanks to the contribution of the Fondation Le Cèdre, this new room meets the museum’s mission to promote and preserve a unique photographic heritage. 


As the Musée de l’Elysée will close temporarily between October 2020 and October 2021 and prepare the move of its collection to PLATEFORME 10, all requests for research, loans or reproductions of images for publication are suspended as of May 6, 2019.

We will be happy to meet your needs starting in May 2022 once installed in our future building. We thank you very much for your understanding.

For additional information on the move to PLATEFORME 10.