The Réunion des musées nationaux (Rmn) was founded in 1895 to raise and administer the funds required for the acquisition of works of art by national collections. At its creation, the Rmn was made up of only four bodies: the Louvre, the château de Versailles, the Musée du Luxembourg and the château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Musée des Antiquités nationales).
Today, the Rmn works with thirty four institutions: 32 museums and 2 exhibition venues. The museums range from the immense, with the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the château de Versailles, through medium-sized institutions such as the Musée Picasso, Paris, the Musée de la Renaissance at the château d’Ecouen and the Musée Message Biblique Marc Chagall, Nice to small entities such as the Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris, and the Musée Magnin, Dijon. The exhibition venues are the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais and the Palais de la Porte Dorée. 22 of these 34 institutions are located in Paris or the surrounding area.
In 1991, the Rmn became a national public institution operating in industrial and commercial fields (EPIC) under the supervision of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction des Musées de France).
The Louvre became a public administrative entity in 1992. The museum and national estate at Versailles were similarly declared to be a public administrative entity in 1995. The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée des Arts asiatiques-Guimet became public administrative entities on 1 January 2004.
The RMN's missions...
Although the Réunion des Musées Nationaux was set up in 1895 to purchase art works for the national collections, a mission it still performs for museums classed as providing services of national scope (SCN), it has gradually been entrusted with three other missions: visitor reception, organization of temporary exhibitions and cultural promotion concerning both these exhibitions and national museums’ permanent collections.