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Paris Famous Museum Restored with the Support of France’s Energy Giant EDF

The Musée de l'homme, a museum dedicated to the evolution of mankind, has reopened after 6 years of renovation with the help of EDF

June 24th, 2016
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The Musée de l'homme, an anthropology museum which had been closed to the public for 6 years, has been renovated and reopened thanks to funds provided by EDF, France’s premier energy supplier. In addition, the electric company has installed four sensory boards in the facility, in order to make the museum more accessible and interesting for disabled people.

The Musée de l'homme, or Museum of Mankind, was established in 1937 by Paul Rivet in Paris. This museum has a long and interesting history. It was here, a conflictual place describing mankind through many statues and pieces of art, that the Hottentot Venus was once exhibited and where Picasso used to observe 'primitive' art. It is also a famous research center for the Centre national de la recherche scientifique(CNRS).

Le Musée de l'Homme exhibits many curiosities, including the skull of a Cro-Magnon, various wax portraits and a wall of languages where visitors can hear Yiddish, Basque and Papuan languages spoken by a handful of people. The museum attempts to answer the major questions of life: “Where do we come from? Who are we?”

The six years spent on the museum’s renovation were supported by the EDF Foundation, a branch of the EDF Group that supports positive ideas which spring up from civil society. Supporting this museum is a mean of promoting the unity as well as the diversity of mankind.

Moreover, EDF used the skills of its employees in electric engineering to design four sensorial boards, which can accommodate people with various types of disabilities. This is a wonderful example of cultural diplomacy practiced by a company, which has the goal of not only promoting itself, but also other cultures.  

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Cultural Diplomacy News
Julie Essertel, CD News