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Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
Opening: September 2013
Originally opened in 1977, the Paris Fashion Museum displays creations that have made their mark on fashion throughout history, exhibiting dresses from Marie Antoinette to Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn. While during the museum’s closure they have still been exhibiting great works of fashion at spaces around Paris, the newly refurbished museum will reopen with three major exhibits this fall.

Picasso Museum
Reopening: Fall 2013
The Picasso Museum has been closed for major renovations since August 2009, and will reopen in 2013 with modernized and restored galleries. It will also feature additional gallery spaces, allowing for more than 500 of Picasso's works to be on display. More cultural, scientific and educational events will also be held here when it reopens.

Palais Longchamp
Reopening: June 13, 2013
Marseille's beautiful fine arts museum the Palais longchamp is being renovating to return to its elegant splendor of the second empire and to welcome the Capital of Culture's biggest exhibit, the Grand Atelier du Midi.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes
Renovation Complete: 2013
Under a huge renovation and extension project since 2009, the work will finally be complete in 2013, adding new contemporary art galleries, improved spaces & more.

Louvre's 18-Century Decorative Arts Rooms
Renovation Complete: late 2013 / early 2014
The Louvre's 18-Century furniture rooms are currently undergoing renovation, which are home to elegant French furniture as well as pristine collections of silverware, porcelain, tapestries, and other masterpieces from that period. Additional renovation work is also taking place in the Marengo section, improving the accesssibility of the wing.

Musée Unterlinden
Colmar (Alsace)
Renovation Complete: 2014
Housing a great collection ranging from sculptures dating back to the middle ages to contemporary art, as well as the famous Isenheim altarpiece, the Musée Unterlinden is undergoing a restoration project to create new galleries and improve its space in order to uphold its status among the best European institutions. First opened in 1853, the museum is situated in a former convent. The majority of the museum is still accessible during renovation.

Musée Bonnat de Bayonne
Reopening: 2014
Named after painter Leon Bonnat, this fine arts museum exhibits Bonnat's personal collection that he donated to the city, including works from Goya and Rubens. The museum, which first opened in 1897, has been closed since spring 2011 to undergo major renovations and expansions, including a new temporary exhibition space.

Musée Rodin
Renovation Complete: 2014
Housed in the 18-century private mansion the Hotel Biron, the Rodin museum is undergoing a renovation project to make the galleries more accessible and easier to navigate. The Museum will remain open during the renovation.

Musée des Beaux Arts de Dijon
Dijon (Burgundy)
Renovation Complete: 2018
Founded in 1787, Dijon's Fine Arts Museum is considered to be one of the top throughout France, located in the former palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. While it’s still open to the public during construction, when the renovation is complete, the museum will boast three different routes that will correspond to the greatest periods showcased within the museum. They also aim to improve the way the works are conserved, to implement more cultural activities, and add more temporary exhibits. In 2013, the museum will unveil its renovated and extended Medieval and Renaissance rooms, featuring the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy.

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Grand Atelier du Midi
Marseille & Aix-en-Provence
June 13 - October 13, 2013
The largest art event happening in conjunction with the Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture, this event will bring together two exhibits simultaneously. "From Van Gogh to Bonnard" will be exhibited at Marseille's Palais Longchamp and "From Cezanne to Matisse" at the Musee Granet in Aix-en-Provence.

September 20 - October 6, 2013
Marseille becomes a giant playground with the help of twenty European artists to convert public spaces into incredible works of art. The Canebiere, one of Marseille’s historic streets, will transform into a giant banquet table, the Saint—Charles train station will host a stage for acts of improve, and the Plage Bargemon will evoke an entire city in itself.

20 Years of the Carré d'Art
Nimes (Languedoc-Roussillon)
May 3 - September 15, 2013
While the museum is closed for renovation work until May 2, when it reopens, designer Norman Foster will have full reign on curating his own exhibition, The Unexpected – Norman Foster and Contemporary Art, showcasing works from artists he admires like Alexander Calder and Alberto Giacometti.

The First Museum & Spa: Land of Pastels
Labege (Midi-Pyrénées)
Renovation Complete: Summer 2013
A unique center, the first of its kind, offers a spa with treatments using pastel oil, pool, hammam, sauna and museum showcasing the history of this plant that has been important to Toulouse’s history, as it was cultivated in Toulouse starting in the 15th century.

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