The National Center of Stage Costumes entrance ticket with audio guide
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The National Center of Stage Costumes entrance ticket with audio guide

Language: English , French
Mobile voucher accepted
Validity: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the National Center of Stage Costumes nearby the Loire Valley
  • Visit the permanent space dedicated to the famous Russian dancer and choreographer, Rudolf Nureyev
  • Explore the temporary and permanent exhibitions
What to expect

Book this self-guided tour with audio guide and discover the National Center of Stage Costume (CNCS), the only place in the world dedicated to stage costumes. Its mission is the preservation, study, and enhancement of 10 000 theater, opera, and ballet costumes, not to mention stage sets, provided by the three founding institutions of the Center, namely the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Comédie Française, and the Opéra national de Paris.

Located in Moulins, at approximately 3 hours from Paris, the Center is housed in an XVIIIth century cavalry headquarters, one of the city’s historical monuments.

Moulins, which was strategically nestled between the historical provinces of Val de Loire and Lyonnais, was the capital of the Dukes of Bourbon during the XVIth century. The building was renovated for the opening of the National Center of Stage Costumes by François Voinchet, the Chief architect of the Monuments Historiques, Jacques Brudin, a local architect, and Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the well-known Parisian architect.

Since 2013, the National Center of Stage Costumes has opened a permanent space dedicated to Rudolf Nureyev, one of the greatest dancers and choreographers in the XXth century. To honour the Russian star’s last wishes, the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation donated some 3 000 articles to the Center: Nureyev’s stage costumes, personal outfits, pictures, paintings, and lithographs, as well as a partial reconstruction of his living room from his apartment on Quai Voltaire in Paris, are on display.

The National Center of Stage Costumes presents two temporary exhibitions each year.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate required for people aged 12 and above
  • What's included
    • Access to temporary and permanent exhibition space
    • Due to COVID, the CNCS cannot provide an audio guide but a paper document is available instead
    • Free car park
    • Entrance fees
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    Reduced price
    • Youth (age 13- 25)
    • Students
    • Children (0-12): free admission
      Please remember to reserve your free ticket at checkout
    Where

    National Center of Stage Costumes, Route de Montilly, 03000, Moulins, France

    Meeting point:

    Present and redeem your voucher at the "online ticketing" desk so you can benefit from a skip-the-line entrance.

    What to remember
    • The ticket is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase
    • Exhibition areas are accessible to wheelchairs
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    When
    • Open every day from 10.00am to 6.00pm
    • To note: The Center closes at 6.30pm in July and August
    • Closed on public holidays: 25 December, 1 January and 1 May

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    Provider
    Centre national du costume de scène
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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