121 rue de Bordeaux
Phone: +33 5 45 38 65 65
Fax: +33 5 45 38 65 51

Centre National De La Bande Dessinée Et De L'Image

The CNBDI is France’s national centre for cartoons, the comic strip and illustration.
In 1982, the minister of Culture of that time, Jack Lang, visited the comic strip festival of Angouleme, and discovered the collection of original drawings housed within the Musée des Beaux Arts d’Angoulême. On this occasion, he announced his desire for the creation of a large museum dedicated to the art of the comic strip. The Musée des Beaux-Arts subsequently opened its Saint-Ogan gallery, as an homage to the “father

Permanent Collection

The CNBDI’s collection is presented as in a fine arts museum, a history museum, a natural history museum, an ethnography museum, a science museum…
It is a poetic presentation which unites humour and fantasy, innovation and tradition. It associates the modern media of the comic strip, which is difficult to define in terms of classic museum object as it situates itself between art object and object of mass consumption, with classic museum institutions which present unique objects representative of universal culture.
The set up of these 6 “Imaginary Museums

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

25 January – 30 April 2007
Galerie d’art contemporain des Musées imaginaires (CNBDI), in collaboration with the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, Angouleme.
The first European exhibition dedicated to Jim Woodring, who has been publishing his work in the United States for two decades. His work is marked with 1960s and 70s psychedelia, and oscillates between childish dream and nightmare. The exhibition presented his autobiographical series “Jim


6€ full price
4.50€ concessions
Free to under 18
Groups (over 10 people) 3€

Guided visit 1.50€ per person
Workshops 3€ per person

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12pm to 6pm
Thursday: 12pm to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 2pm to 6pm (including 8 May, Ascension, 1 November, 11 November)
In July and August:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday, Sunday, 14 July and 15 August: 2pm to 6pm

Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, 25 December, Easter Monday, Pentecost

Getting there

By train: TGV Atlantique, 2 hours 20 minutes from Paris gare Montparnasse to Angouleme (11 trains per day). Train from Brussels to Angouleme, 5 hours

By road: 445km from Paris, via motorway A10, Poitiers exit.
120km from Bordeaux, Poitiers, Niort, La Rochelle, Limoges and Périgueux.
45km from Cognac.


The centre has housed a specialised LIBRARY since its inauguration in 1990, assembling a collection of comic strip and cartoon publications of the highest quality and size in Europe. It comprises three sectors :
Public reading :
A 300m2 space offers free access to around 16,000 albums and publication, and 100 periodical titles. Since 2000, the library has operated a loan system of its collection.
Patrimony and conservation :
This collection houses over 2,700 titles of specialised comic / caricature press and periodicals. Over 108,000 children’s comics, 60,000 albums, postcards, posters and audio visual material are also held here. The contents of this collection are the result of an agreement with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, which deposits the items to the CNBDI.
Information and Documentation :
The documentation centre is integrated into the library, and is of interest primarily to researchers, journalists and students, by prior appointment. The centre contains theses, essays, reviews and critiques, totalling 3000 specialised documents.
The documentation centre is accessible by appointment only, from Tuesday to Friday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm. You must possess an entry ticket to the CNBDI and make an appointment with Catherine Ferreyrolle on 05 45 38 65 59, or
Access to the documentation centre is charged at 5€ for the first hour (2.50€ for students) and 23€ for each subsequent hour (14€ for students).
On site RESTAURANT, le café de l’Image
On site CINEMA, Salle Nemo
On site BOOKSHOP sells a wide range of publications, in parallel with current exhibitions, film screenings and events at...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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Several educative activities and workshops are available for children, students, adults and teachers. Six genre themes are proposed: animal cartoons, cartoon strip production techniques, Franco-Belgian comic strips, caricatures, the hero, and manga.
Please see website for full details on educative programs.


Reservations must be made in advance
Please contact Marine Breau on 05 45 38 65 44, or


“Cine-Gouter” (cinema and snack) 8€


Individual 10€
Groups (students, collectives) 80€