Our history

For almost thirty years and with 4 millions of visitors each year, Culturespaces created by Bruno Monnier is the first private operator in managing monuments, museums and art centres. Culturespaces has the ambition of offering a novative model based on the visitor experience and managing monuments, museums and art centres, without any public subsidies. Since 2012, Culturespaces has become the pionneer in the creation of digital art centres and digital immersives exhibits. Every year, the Foundation Culturespaces gives more than 5,000 children away from the cultural offer the opportunity to experience unique artistic and cultural experiences.

1990 - 1993
After a first contract to manage the Palais des Papes in Avignon, Culturespaces focused on the global management of cultural venues and establishments, in particular the management of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its gardens at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and subsequently that of the Castle of Les Baux-de-Provence and the Château of Valençay. Innovation was already a core component of Culturespaces’ approach, involving the creation of original tour itineraries, the availability of free audio guides for every visitor, and regular shows and events.

1996
The delegated management of the Musée Jacquemart-André provided Culturespaces with an opportunity to develop its model in the museum sector and to apply the experience gained in the Palais des Papes in Avignon to the production of high-quality temporary exhibitions.

2000 - 2001
Culturespaces completely reorganised the museographic presentation of the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse—which is France’s largest technical museum—and took over the management of the Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

2002 - 2006
With the promotion and management of the Roman Theatre of Orange in 2002 and the Roman monuments of Nîmes in 2006, Culturespaces continued to introduce innovations, using historical re-enactments and cultural events to enrich the tour itineraries.

2004
Culturespaces held outdoor re-enactments of the great battle of 1815 on the Waterloo Battlefield.

2009
In line with its core values, Culturespaces established a Foundation to promote access to the arts and heritage for children who are hospitalised, handicapped, or made vulnerable by poverty or social exclusion.

2012
In the Carrières de Lumières, Culturespaces introduced digital images and music as part of a new form of immersive exhibition. This novel system brought art and culture to a broad audience and established Culturespaces as a leading actor in the digital revolution.

2015
After acquiring and restoring the Hôtel de Caumont and its gardens in Aix-en-Provence, Culturespaces established an Art Centre, in which temporary exhibitions are held with an international dimension.

2018
Culturespaces launched a new digital art centre in Paris : the Atelier des Lumières.

Culturespaces also opened the Bunker des Lumières in South Korea, in partnership with Tmonet, and then developed the technology CULTURESPACES DIGITAL®.

2020

Culturespaces opened the largest digital art centre in the world: the Bassins de Lumières in the heart of Bordeaux’s submarine base.