Quartier Villars, Route de Montilly
Phone: +33 4 70 20 76 20

Centre National Du Costume De Scene

The National Centre for Set Costume is the first institution to be completely consecrated to the material heritage of the theatre. Its mission is to preserve, study, and honour the nation’s 7110 theatre, ballet and opera costumes, as well as its painted sets. The centre also houses deposits from the Biblioteque Nationale de France, the Comédie-Francaise and the Opera National de Paris.

Situated in Moulins, the CNCS occupies a part of the Quartier Villars, an ancient cavalry quarter built at the end of the 18th century and classed as historic monument.

The CNCS functions as a museoographic and scientific tool, as well as being a space for theatre professionals and amateurs to conduct research and study, through the extensive range of educational activities the centre offers.

Permanent Collection

The CNCS’ collection brings together the most beautiful collection of costumes from all over the world. It is composed of the collections of three founding institutions: The Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Comedie-Francaise, and the Opera national de Paris. The 7110 costumes in the collection come from opera, ballet and theatre, the oldest dating from the second half of the nineteenth century and the most recent having been used in the most contemporary of productions.


Christian Lacroix, Costumier
From 3 June to 11 November 2007.
An exhibition of 130 costumes and 150 drawings by the designer and costume maker Christian Lacroix.


5€ adults
2.5€ concessions (12-25 year olds, jobseekers, groups of 10 people or more)
Free to under 12 year olds.

Opening hours

Open daily from 10am to 6pm, and from 10am to 7pm from June to September inclusive.

Getting there

By train from Paris, Moulins is situated on the Clermont-Ferrand line. From Lyon, it is situated on the Nantes line.
By road, take the RN7 from Paris in the direction of Lyon, or from Geneva take the RCEA in the direction of Macon-Moulins-Bordeaux.
From Montpellier, take the A75 and the N9 in the direction of Clermont-Ferrand and then Moulin.


The centre houses a cafe-restaurant, open daily from 10am to 11pm in summer and from 10am to 6pm the rest of the year.

The centre’s boutique offers exhibition catalogues and other publications related to theatre, costume, and production.

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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An extensive range of educative activities is available, please contact +33 4 70 20 76 20 or email for information and reservations.