Anchored in the territory of the city, the Franciscans wants to be attached to its cultural heritage. Quite naturally, five dominant themes were chosen to structure the visitor's journey through the galleries located above the cloister and the temporary exhibition courtyard. They are all linked to the cultural identity of the city. These themes unfold in “universes”. In these galleries with enveloping decorations, runs a long library whose loops house spaces for reading, co-working, projection, listening, exchange. Each theme - five in total - has its own universe, signified in space by specific work on colors and scenographic characteristics. 

In four of these Universes (Deauville, Art of living, Horse, Spectacle-Cinéma), works from the collections of the Franciscans are presented, according to a theme proposed each year: in 2022, that of the portrait, painted or photographic. Portraits signed Moïse Kisling, Robert Doisneau, Marie Laurencin, André Lhote. In total, a journey of 70 works to grasp the evolution of the genre and its appropriation by different artistic circles.

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Deauville is the kingdom of the horse. It can be found all over the city with its two racetracks, its training center, its yearling auction house and its Longines-Deauville International Horse Pole dedicated to equestrian sports. For Franciscans, horse lovers, curious and novices will be able to discover or deepen the horse culture. An incredible collection, recognized and labeled by the National Library of France, is now within reach. Whether they come to leaf through books and magazines, to immerse themselves in pedigrees or treatises on hippology, they can enjoy a cozy atmosphere where the leather that adorns the furniture recalls the magic of the stables, in the middle of the centerpieces of the equestrian art as well as an evocation of the horse in freedom.

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High vacation resort, mythical seaside resort, Deauville owes its worldwide reputation to the beauty of its site, its beach, its architecture as well as to the rituals of its social life since the XNUMXth century. The Deauville heritage, embodied by its large hotels, its villas, its casino, its public buildings, its Boards, its swimming pool, its racetracks, is also linked to an intangible dimension. Here you can consult the rich memory of the City. The artists' Deauville is displayed on the walls. Snapshots captured, moments crunched, lying on the canvas resonate in the memory of the visitor long after having taken to the road.

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This universe celebrates artistic creation in all its forms. From time immemorial, dancers, musicians, singers, filmmakers, actors, photographers, painters, writers come to Deauville to discuss, inspire and create. The works staged in the space evoke these intimate links between the artists and the territory. The works of the collection evoke this creative spirit always in action, spontaneous or staged. They illustrate what the artists see, but also those that we come to see, in representation, for a festival or the time of a fashion shoot. At the bend of the course, the visitor can settle in an alcove fitted out as a private screening room. Among the thousands of DVDs in the media library, the teams have listed more than 160 films shot in Deauville and the surrounding area.

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It is good to live in Deauville. Its exceptional site, its sports facilities, its shops, its hotels, its restaurants explain its power of attraction. Everyone finds pleasure there: strolling on the boards, horse races, polo matches, golf and tennis tournaments, regattas, shows and gala evenings. In Deauville, everyone can compose the menu for their stay. Well-being, relaxation and elegance are also part of a cultural heritage. The City of Deauville likes to cultivate it; this is its raison d'être. In a spirit of relaxation, deckchairs invite visitors to take the time to take advantage of the present moments, to soak up the Deauville spirit, to give themselves time to fully experience a cultural cure, both relaxing and energizing at the same time.

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Deauville measures the importance of youth. The values ​​of transmission and support for young audiences are at the heart of its cultural policy. These values ​​define the Youth Universe. Culture and creativity are the cornerstones of a space that supports emancipation. For Franciscans, we learn by creating, making, exchanging, making our own choices. Access to books is facilitated by a clear identification of themes through iconographic codes. These same codes make it possible to quickly decipher to which audience these books are addressed. We settle here to read, learn, play, drawing on the vast resources of the game library.


Contact us:
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00

Our tourist information offices:

Residence of the Clock
Empress Eugenie wharf
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean-Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Toques
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Louis Delamare Promenade
(behind the aid station)
14800 Tourgeville
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