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01 September 31 October 2023
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Expositions au Musée Champollion :” A la Lettre” et “Petit Noun et les signes secrets”

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Place Champollion, 46100 Figeac


Place Champollion
46100 Figeac

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To the letter. A history of illustration / Petit Noun and the secret signs

To the letter. A history of illustration

From the Latin lustrare meaning "to illuminate", the illustration highlights a text in a relationship to the space of the page that is never insignificant. Images and writing coexist, complement each other, overlap, invade, merge, contradict each other, take the reader to witness, overflow the page...

From the woodcuts of the first chapbooks to the development of the image in modern children's albums, passing through popular imagery, educational works or even the illustrated book, the exhibition invites us to question the link between writing and image and on the origins and development of the art of illustration.

The route is completed by an exhibition reserved for children!

ABC: the fabulous alphabet

Have you ever seen a koala karateka cutting kiwis in front of a kangaroo? Or a Yeti doing his yoga with his Yorkie?

Discover in the exhibition the magnificent originals of the illustrator Marion Arbona. A work on the letter and the richness of the language.

Animals, fruits, objects intertwine: a host of details that offer everyone the possibility of inventing a thousand and one funny and eccentric stories.

The exhibition is accompanied by visits for adults and children.

> Storytelling tour for children aged 2 to 7, from July 11 until the end of August, Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (reservation recommended at

> Visit-game for children aged 7-12, from July 12 until the end of August, Wednesdays at 11 a.m. (reservation recommended at

> Guided tour for adults on Sunday June 25 and every Friday in July and August at 15 p.m. (reservation recommended at

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Petit Noun and the secret signs

Presented on the first floor of the museum, the exhibition reveals the plates produced by Anja Klauss to illustrate the work of Géraldine Elschner Petit Noun and the secret signs. Produced in co-edition with the Louvre Museum, the album was produced in close collaboration with the curators of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities. An exciting journey for all budding Egyptologists!
As a statuette of ancient Egypt, the little blue hippopotamus lives in the Louvre Museum, and it is sometimes bored there since leaving its beautiful land of the Pharaohs. So he does not hesitate for a second the day when the door of his shop window remains ajar: as soon as night falls, Petit Noun escapes and rejoins with joy his friends from the Nile whose portrait is engraved in the stone of a stele - falcon, heron, hare, bee...
But what are they doing there? And what do all these strange signs mean? Around Petit Noun, the animals come to life, and the trough-bearer guides them to the crouching scribe who initiates them into the secrets of the hieroglyphics.
An invitation to follow them, in the footsteps of Champollion, in this great night bath which transforms the museum into a fantastic place.

All dates and times

Opening hours from September 01 to October 31, 2023
Tuesday Open
Wednesday Open
Thursday Open
Friday Open
Sunday Open
To the letter / Petit Noun: from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.


Pricing Min. Max.
Individual adult
3 $ -
Individual adult
5 $ -
Individual adult
2.5 $ -

Individual child
(To the letter. A history of illustration - Free for children under 18)
Individual child
(Petit Noun and secret signs - Free for children under 18)

Clientele & group


  • For all
  • Children
  • Group accepted from 10 to 10 people


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