The Champollion family mansion in the town of Vif, south of Grenoble in the Isère department, has been entirely transformed as the site of the first museum dedicated in its entirety to Egyptology, a discipline that the Champollion brothers helped found.
From local Isère to the far-off banks of the Nile, the visit retraces the career of the Champollion brothers, step by step. The grounds were restored in the spirit of the 19th century, reforested, and adorned with flower beds and an orchard of local species to recreate the original rural ambiance.
Displays include items from both the permanent collection and archives of national museums, notably 85 Egyptian antiquities from Louvre Museum exhibited on the second floor, in a room dedicated to the original Charles X Museum. This was the first Egyptology section within the Louvre, which opened in 1927 with none other than Jean-François Champollion as its first curator.
Inaugurated June 2021.
45, rue Champollion
Tel: +33 (0)4 57 58 88 50
The museum is part of a network of 11 museums operated by the Isère department.
Entry is free but it’s necessary to make a reservation online in advance.
Closed Mondays. Hours vary by season. Check the official website for exact times.
From France Today Magazine