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Nicéphore Niépce Museum


During confinement, the Nicéphore Niépce museum offers access to the museum and its collections on several websites.

The museum collection is yours!

Discover, explore, select, invent, share a selection of more than 20,000 photographs, royalty-free and free to download.

Fill your cart and post your favorite photographs on social media.

Architecture and geography, Exoticism, Sciences, come and browse our suggested themes or search directly by keywords.

Discover the biography of Nicéphore Niépce, and a very complete documentation of his research, his works and his patents for inventions.

Works, manuscripts, correspondences, all Niépce has been listed, transcribed and studied by researchers to offer here the most complete site on the invention of photography. Without a doubt, the proven achievements of Nicéphore Niépce preserved today make it possible to affirm that he is the first to state the general principle of photography, and above all, to obtain practical successes in this field!

The Nicéphore Niépce museum’s ambition is to explain the origins of photography from its invention by Niépce to the digital image. Discover in the “collections” section of the museum’s website selections of works to decipher the challenges of photography.

You can also consult complete collections of photographic magazines digitized page by page such as VU, Voilà, Art & Medicine or The Amateur Photographer.


It is also possible via Google Arts & Culture “Once Upon a Try” to browse the rooms of the museum during a virtual visit.

But also to discover small stories: the inventions of photography, heliography, color photography, and the first photographic books, or to access several thousand photographs from our collections in free access.


The museum also invites to participate in workshops on family photographic practices, and to share your photographic creations: Photographic Re-Creations.

Throughout the confinement period, small photographic practices to be carried out at home with a smartphone or a camera are offered by the museum’s public service. Each photo re-creation workshop lasts about 30 minutes and questions the representation of reality in photography, the point of view, the construction of the image, …

Every Tuesday and Friday, a new proposal!

Discover the workshops on the museum’s website in the “resources” section, or on the museum’s facebook or instagram account: @museenicephoreniepce.

Download the workshop sheets by following this link:


Nicéphore Niépce Museum

28 Quai des Messageries

71100 Chalon-sur-Saône, France


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