The Musée Montmartre

Musée Montmartre Alleges Discrimination After Being Excluded from InterMusées

After being barred from joining a powerful network of over fifty museums in the Paris region, a small museum in Montmartre has lashed out with accusations of discrimination and abuse of power against InterMusées, which includes Paris’s greatest cultural attractions—the Louvre, the palace of Versailles, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Pompidou Center. Last year more than one million tourists purchased InterMusées’s Paris Museum Pass, which grants access to fifty-six museums in and around the French capital.

The Musée Montmartre, which has occupied a seventeenth-century mansion in Montmartre since 1960 and was renovated two years ago (doubling the size of the exhibition space), has the official designation of “Museum of France,” and welcomed 115,000 visitors last year. However, for the forth year in a row, it has been rejected in its application for inclusion by InterMusées.

According to Le Figaro, Denis Berthomier, general director of the Pompidou Center and president of InterMusées, explained that the Montmartre museum is supported by a group of private donors and therefore is not a public institution. Challenging this assertion, Aude Viart, director of the Musée Montmartre, told Le Figaro, “Since 2014, we have been a non-profit institution whose goal is to serve the general public.”

Despite the rejection, in an effort to appeal to tourists, Musée Montmartre will honor the Paris Museum Pass and welcome card holders free of charge in 2017.