The origin of the museum


The origin of the museum – home of the Champollion family

In 1977 the town council, backed by the majority of the town’s population, decided to renovate the house where Champollion was born and transform it into a museum dedicated to the illustrious decipherer of hieroglyphics. The Champollion museum was opened in December 1986 by President François Mitterand.

This was only the first stage in an ambitious plan that was continued in 1994 when the neighbouring building was bought by the town in order to triple the capacity of the museum.

The objective of the museum was now to add to the collections giving pride of place to Jean François Champollion in the development of the history of writing.

The new museum “Champollion – les écritures du monde” opened its doors to the public in 2007.

Renovation within a protected sector.

The architects Moatti & Rivière were entrusted with the renovation of the museum.

The dual façade of the building is emblematic of the originality of the project : the medieval stone façade is lined with a second façade made of glass and a copper sheet cut out with characters from scripts around the world. The graphic designer Pierre di Sciullo drew the characters of this “façade of a thousand letters”.
The installations of the permanent collection in the museum were designed by Pascal Payeur.