Exhibitions in Hauts-de-France

Echoing the exhibition throughout its duration, many events will take place all over the Hauts-de-France region. An artistic and cultural program echoing the exhibition, designed by the cultural players of the region and supported by the Hauts-de-France Region and the City of Arras, which offers concerts, shows or performances related to Napoleonic history.

Exhibitions outside the walls

The Outside-the-Walls project presented by the museums, supported by the Region and designed in partnership with the association of museum curators of the Hauts-de-France region, includes 25 exhibitions and courses in the collections of the region's museums allowing you to share their wealth and inviting you to discover this period of French history from very different perspectives.


Exhibitions and exhibition records

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James Gilray, Armed heroes, 1803, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Musée © Photo service of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Museum
"Napoleon and caricature. Power and opposition through images"
Dates : 16 June -12 November 2018


Geneviève Chéreau, dite Veuve Chéreau (17…, 1820 ?) [éditeur], Bataille de Wagram, etching highlighted in gouache - Printed item, 34,7 x 51 cm (feuille), 30,7 x 39 cm, Cambrai, musée des beaux-arts, inv. n°2017.0.7

Musée des Beaux Arts, Cambrai
"The Napoleonic troops"
Location : drawing room
Dates : 13 September - 5 November 2017


Théodore Géricault, Return from Russia, 1818, lithograph from C. Motte, Chantilly, musée Condé

Chantilly, Condé Museum
"Géricault in the Chantilly collections"
Location : Graphic arts room
Dates : 16 June - 14 October 2018


Compiègne - Exhibition poster

Compiègne, National Museums and Domain of the Palais de Compiègne
"Library secrets, sovereigns and their books at Compiegne"
Dates : 6 October 2017 - 8 January 2018


Sein Denkmal (détail), Allemagne 1814,  Coloured etching. Coll. Château d’Hardelot-CD62. Photo AD62

Condette, Château d’Hardelot, Entente Cordiale cultural centre
"The Eagle VS Little Boney, Napoleon in the collections of the Château d'Hardelot"
Date : 26 May -19 November 2018


Plates from the series "Return of the ashes", Creil opaque porcelain, about 1840 © Martine BECK-COPPOLA, RMN Photography Agency

Creil, Museum Gallé-Juillet
"The epic of Napoleon I through the tiles of Creil"
Location : Maison de la Faïence
Dates : 7 March - 24 June 2018


Inscription of Rosette, nd, an annotated study by the hand of Champollion, reprint of which only two copies are known

Flers-en-Escrebieux/Douai, National Printing Office. Art book and print shop
"Napoleon : the Eastern dream. Collections of the National Printing Office"
Location : Marceline Desbordes-Valmore Library, Douai
Dates : 5 June - 13 July 2018

François Watteau, dit Watteau de Lille, La Bataille des Pyramides, huile sur toile, 94 x 120,4 cm, Valenciennes, musée des beaux-arts

Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Musée de la Tour abbatiale
"Napoleon Bonaparte, The mark of the Imperial legend in Valenciennois. Collections of the museums of La Porte du Hainaut, Anzin and Valenciennes"
Location : Museum
Dates : 8 January - 31 March 2018

Godefroy Engelmann, Le Général Baron Bacler d'Albe, lithographie, 43,5 x 35 cm, Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, musée Bruno Davin

Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, Bruno Danvin museum of art and history
"Bacler d'Albe, artist Saint-polois, imperial cartography"
Location : Museum
Dates : 7 April - 1 July 2018


A tour through the permanent collections and/or focus on one piece

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Anonymous, Bust of Bonaparte, bronze from Simon Louis Boizot, inv. 1943.1.107

Abbeville, Boucher-de-Perthes Museum
"About a bust of Bonaparte, texts and opinions by Jacques Boucher de Perthes"
Dates : April 2018


Paul Huet, The Return of the Grumbler, 1821, Huile sur toile, MUDO-Musée de l’Oise © RMN-Grand Palais (MUDO - Musée de l'Oise) / Thierry Ollivier

Beauvais, MUDO - Museum of the Oise
"Napoleonic memories in MUDO"
Dates : 3 January - 2 July 2018



Dress, about 1810, silk satin, Calais, city of lace and fashion / F. Collier

Calais, City of lace and fashion
"Fashion under the First Empire" (focus)
Dates : 20 October 2017 - 4 November 2018



Antoine-Louis Barye, Napoleon in a frock coat, third model for the public commission of the monument in Grenoble, 1862, bronze, H. 92,5 cm x L. 77 cm x P. 37,5 cm, Calais, musée des beaux-arts © F. Kleinefenn

Calais, Museum of Fine Arts
"Napoleon on horseback, sculpture by Louis-Antoine Barye for a monument in Grenoble"
Dates : 20 October 2017 - 4 November 2018



Compiègne, National Museums and Grounds of the Palais de Compiègne
"The palace of Compiègne: imperial residence"
Dates : 6 October 2017 - 4 November 2018

Manufacture de Creil (author of the model, author of the set), Napoleon I in Hermes, around 1810, biscuit, H. 28.5 ; l. 11 ; L. 13.5 cm, Creil, musée Gallé-Juillet © Martine BECK-COPPOLA, agence photographique de la RMN

Creil, Musée Gallet-Juillet
"Napoleon and the arts" Course
Dates : 7 March - 16 September 2018



Pewter plate, prize offered to the best sugar beet grower, 1812

Douai, Arkéos
"Napoleon, beetroot and the North"
Dates : 22 January - 1 April 2018




Charles Louis Corbet, Buste de Bonaparte, Douai, Musée de la Chartreuse

Douai, Museum of Chartreuse
"The death of Maréchal Duroc"
Dates : 15 - 16 September 2018, on the occasion of the European Heritage Days


Cateau-Cambrésis, Matisse Museum
"Napoleon by Auguste Herbin"
Dates : 14 October 2017 - 4 November 2018

4-pounder field gun, model 1765, Gribeauval system

Lille, Musée des Canonniers
« Bonaparte and the Sedentary Gunners of Lille »
Dates : 7 October 2017 - 7 October 2018


Henri Lemaire, Napoleon 1st (1769-1821), protector of agriculture and industry, bronze, 1854, H. 300 ; L. 127 ; Pr. 109, Lille, Palais des beaux-arts © Palais des beaux-arts de Lille

Lille, Palace of Fine Arts
« Napoleon I (1769-1821), protector of agriculture and industry »
Dates : 7 October 2017 - 4 November 2018


Lens, Louvre-Lens Museum
Cycle of lectures and visits in relation to works presented in the "Galerie du temps" and in relation to the Napoleon exhibition in Arras and the Empire des Roses exhibition at the Louvre-Lens
Dates : October 2017 - March 2018

Charles-Horace Vernet, dit Carle (d’après), Emperor Napoleon I hunting in the Bois de Boulogne, 1812, oil on canvas, repository of the National Museum of Malmaison, 1952

Senlis, Museum of Vénerie
« Emperor Napoleon I hunting in the Bois de Boulogne after Vernet ». Focus
Dates : 1 December 2017 - 28 February 2018


Empire style music room, Saint-Omer

Saint-Omer, Musée de l’hôtel Sandelin
« Simple and rich: an imperial lounge »
Dates : 7 March - 26 August 2018




Villeneuve d'Ascq, LaM (subject to reservation)
« After the return of Napoleon to the island of Lobau after the battle of Essling. An embroidery by Jules Leclercq »
Dates : 20 October 2017 - 20 January 2018

Olivier Pichat, Equestrian portrait of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, vers 1905, 217,5 x 212 cm, Villers-Cotterêts, musée Alexandre Dumas

Villers-Cotterêts, Alexandre Dumas Museum
« Dumas et Bonaparte : destins croisés »
Dates : Dumas and Bonaparte: crossed stars