City of ceramics
Discover the arts of fire at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres, with an exceptional journey across different eras, civilisations, and techniques. There are more than 50,000 items in its collections.
How do I get to the City of Ceramics?
Address2 Place de la Manufacture Nationale
At the heart of the arts of fire
The Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres is a true living centre of the arts of fire. It was created when the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and the Musée National de la Céramique were brought together, followed by, two years later, the Adrien-Dubouché National Porcelain museum in Limoges. Today, the Cité de la Céramique tells a story that began with Madame de Pompadour in 1740, when, as the king's favourite, she opened a soft-paste porcelain workshop in Vincennes, which 16 years later was transferred to Sèvres.
The Cité de la Céramique shows visitors pieces from every era and every country, as well as every manual technique (terra cotta, earthenware, stoneware, enamels, and more). After the entrance lobby, visitors can choose from different themes, including ancient ceramics, varnished clay, Asian ceramics, and more. There are also practical workshops for amateurs and conferences. More than 130 ceramics experts work in 27 workshops, perpetuating ancestral knowledge.