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Annual press kit
2024

The history of the Besançon Citadel is closely linked to that of its architect, Vauban. Vauban, who drew up the plans for the building in 1668, left a deep imprint on the whole city. In the heart of the city itself, no fewer than 18 other Vauban heritage sites punctuate the fortifications, reinforcing the astonishing heritage identity of the Comtois capital. This first-rate military architectural ensemble has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List since July 2008. With an average of 270,000 visitors a year, and a wide range of attractions (heritage, history, museums, biodiversity, cultural programs, etc.), the Besançon Citadel is a must-see site in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.

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Press kit for the "Draw me your planet" exhibition
Museum
Press kit for the "Draw me your planet" exhibition
13/03/2024
From April 13 to November 3, the Citadelle de Besançon, a World Heritage site, will be the setting for the "Draw me your planet" exhibition. Organized by the Muséum de Besançon, which is fully committed to preserving biodiversity, this large-scale exhibition, which follows in the footsteps of the Little Prince and Deyrolle, invites visitors to take a curious look at the world, while questioning today's environmental and social issues.
An immersive journey based on an original Deyrolle creation, where the unexpected mingles with the imaginary, where beauty and science intertwine to learn to observe, marvel and transmit in order to act!
A veritable exhibition-cum-parcours spread over the 12 hectares of Vauban's masterpiece fortress, "Dessine-moi ta planète" takes visitors on a fun, educational and inspiring journey in 10 stages.
Press kit on the Besançon Museum of the Resistance and Deportation
Museum of Resistance and Deportation
Press kit on the Besançon Museum of the Resistance and Deportation
22/05/2023
Open since 1971, the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation de Besançon (MRDB) is a benchmark among museums dealing with the Second World War. It is located in the heart of a heritage complex, the Citadelle, and in the immediate vicinity of a place of remembrance, the Fusillés monument. Thanks to its location within the Citadelle, the museum benefits from the strong appeal of Franche-Comté's leading tourist site, with some 270,000 visitors a year, and is one of the must-visit sites in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (4th most visited paying site after the Hospices de Beaune, the Parc des Combes and the Guédelon medieval construction site).
Highlights 2023
Programming
Highlights 2023
16/05/2023
Find out all about La Citadelle's programming from April to September 2023 in this Highlights folder.
Phantom Suns" exhibition
Event
Phantom Suns" exhibition
02/05/2023
From April 29 to May 24, the Citadelle de Besançon hosts "Soleils Fantômes", an exhibition of photographs by artist Sarah Ritter. With her black-and-white shots, this contemporary artist, renowned for her poetic and evocative works, invites viewers to take a fresh look at the natural world around them.
Annual press kit
Monument Vauban, Musée comtois, Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation, Muséum
Annual press kit
14/03/2023
The history of the Besançon Citadel is closely linked to that of its architect: Sébastien Le Prestre, better known as Vauban. Engineer, architect, town planner, hydraulic engineer, economist, philosopher and strategist, this jack-of-all-trades first drew up plans for the citadel in 1668. Often compared to Leonardo da Vinci, the Marquis de Vauban not only left his mark on the whole of the Comtoise capital, but also gave Besançon a first-rate architectural ensemble, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and open to the public.
Press information about the "Mots de Plume" night walks
Event, Musée comtois
Press information about the "Mots de Plume" night walks
21/07/2022
Zoological Park project
Museum
Zoological Park project
20/06/2022
Presentation of a unique approach among public zoos, aimed at defining the future direction of the Citadelle Wildlife Park.
Naturalium
Museum
Naturalium
19/11/2021
In May 2017, the Besançon Citadel Museum inaugurated the Naturalium, a space entirely dedicated to biodiversity. Set in the heart of a monument listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Naturalium answers today's major questions and issues in an immersive scenography accessible to all: how does Living organism evolve? How are species related? And above all, what is biodiversity and what are the threats it faces?
Besançon Aquarium
Museum
Besançon Aquarium
19/11/2021
In addition to a renovation and the installation of new tanks, the Aquarium has been offering a completely redesigned museography since summer 2019. The aim? To showcase the various freshwater aquatic ecosystems through a clear scientific discourse. As a result, the new exhibition takes a big step forward, opening up to invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and even aquatic mammals.

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Premiere of the film Citadel shot at La Citadelle
Event
Premiere of the film Citadel shot at La Citadelle
05/04/2024
Shot entirely at the Besançon Citadel in autumn 2021, director Bruno Mercier's film "CITADEL" will be released in cinemas on Wednesday April 24, 2024. The premiere is scheduled at the Mégarama Beaux-Arts cinema in Besançon at 7:30 pm. An opportunity to discover the Citadelle from a different angle, and in an intriguing atmosphere, to say the least....
Kärcher cleans the Citadelle facade
Vauban monument
Kärcher cleans the Citadelle facade
25/03/2024
In March 2024, the façade of the main entrance to Besançon's Citadelle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, benefited from a major cleaning thanks to the skills sponsorship of the Kärcher company.
A big helping hand for a big clean!
Autumn vacations at La Citadelle
Programming
Autumn vacations at La Citadelle
17/11/2023
During the autumn vacations, visitors are invited to the Citadelle de Besançon for guided tours, workshops and new exhibitions. This rich and varied program has been organized to guarantee a unique experience at the Citadelle for young and old alike.
From real to digital, discover the Citadelle in a different way
Monument Vauban, Programming
From real to digital, discover the Citadelle in a different way
23/10/2023
As part of the "LENSE, Vesontio révélée" project, Capture4Cad and the Citadelle de Besançon invite visitors to discover the exhibition "LENSE, Vesontio révélée (I). From the real to the digital, discover the Citadelle differently.
Theme gardens at La Citadelle #1: the Vauban Garden
Vauban monument
Theme gardens at La Citadelle #1: the Vauban Garden
02/08/2023
The first in a series of five gardens symbolizing the different areas of the Citadelle (monument, Musée comtois, Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation, Muséum and Petite ferme), the Jardin Vauban was inaugurated in mid-July in the presence of the project's sponsors and players, and is now open to visitors.
Youth work camp
Vauban monument
Youth work camp
13/07/2023
From July 8 to 22, 2023, the Citadelle of Besançon will host a youth work camp organized by the City of Besançon (Citadelle and Neighborhood Life Departments) and the Club du Vieux Manoir association, which has been organizing work camps for over seventy years. This seventh edition will enable young volunteers to discover the riches of the Citadelle, the city's heritage and the surrounding area.
Rêvoelution: the future is in our hands" exhibition
Musée comtois, Museum
Rêvoelution: the future is in our hands" exhibition
08/07/2023
From July 8 to September 3, visitors to the Citadelle de Besançon will be able to discover the exhibition "Rêvoelution: the future is in our hands", combining science, art and society. The result of a unique association between the Natural History Museum and the Musée Comtois, this exhibition presents the creations of students from Besançon and works by established artists from the museums' collections.
Aperitifs with VUE and unusual
Events, Programming
Aperitifs with VUE and unusual
04/07/2023
A pretty checkered tablecloth, good local produce and the Citadelle all to yourself for an evening, these original aperitifs invite participants to enjoy a delightful evening.
Open-air cinema
Events, Programming
Open-air cinema
04/07/2023
The Citadelle's summer canvas is back again this year! Every Tuesday evening from July 11 to August 29, spectators are invited to the Citadelle's Parc Saint-Étienne to (re)discover a film a week, with a panoramic view of the illuminated city. The program will largely echo the reopening of the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation, with films evoking or taking place during the Second World War.
Grand Siècle weekend
Event, Monument Vauban
Grand Siècle weekend
07/06/2023
The Grand Siècle weekend returns to the Citadelle de Besançon on June 24 and 25, with the theme of "Education and Entertainment". Once again, this year's event promises a unique experience. Visitors to the Citadelle will be immersed in the epic atmosphere of the Grand Siècle, with a host of workshops and activities.
Biodiversity Weekend
Museum
Biodiversity Weekend
25/05/2023
From May 27 to 29, the Citadelle offers a weekend dedicated to biodiversity and wildlife conservation, confirming Besançon's strong commitment in this area. For three days, visitors will be able to talk to Besançon Museum staff and take part in meetings, tours and events.
Art in the Deportation, a treasure trove from the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation in Besançon (France)
Museum of Resistance and Deportation
Art in the Deportation, a treasure trove from the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation in Besançon (France)
25/05/2023
As part of the complete transformation of the museum, the deportation art collection, unique in France and one of the largest in Europe, will be unveiled in a dedicated 70m² space. This space, along with the 330m² permanent exhibition and the 200m² temporary exhibition, will be open to visitors from September 8, 2023.
PANORAMA SONORE: 3 evening concerts at La Citadelle
Event
PANORAMA SONORE: 3 evening concerts at La Citadelle
10/05/2023
As part of its summer program, the Citadelle de Besançon is offering 3 evenings of concerts. On July 6, 7 and 8, in the Parc Saint-Étienne, with the lights of the city as a backdrop, local, national and international artists from a variety of aesthetic backgrounds (dub, reggae, jazz, pop, chanson...) will create an exceptional panorama of sound.
The triangle, symbol of the Museum of Resistance and Deportation
Museum of Resistance and Deportation
The triangle, symbol of the Museum of Resistance and Deportation
05/05/2023
As the time between now and the reopening of the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation on September 8 continues to shrink, communication with the public will continue to multiply.
The Besançon Museum of Resistance and Deportation, a civic tool
Museum of Resistance and Deportation
The Besançon Museum of Resistance and Deportation, a civic tool
15/04/2023
To mark National Day for the Victims and Heroes of the Deportation on April 30, the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation in Besançon is reaffirming its role as a tool for transmitting history and educating people about citizenship.
15 years UNESCO
Vauban monument
15 years UNESCO
13/04/2023
2023 marks the 15th anniversary of the Vauban network's inclusion of the Citadelle and Besançon's city walls in UNESCO's World Heritage List, alongside 11 other sites.
Spring break
Programming
Spring break
08/04/2023
To mark the 15th anniversary of the inclusion of Vauban's fortifications on UNESCO's World Heritage List, visitors to the Citadelle de Besançon can look forward to a rich and varied program that will delight young and old alike. Captivating guided tours, fun workshops for children, exciting temporary exhibitions and new events are planned to offer every visitor a unique experience at the Citadelle de Besançon.
Reopening of the Escape Game
Vauban monument
Reopening of the Escape Game
07/04/2023
The Citadelle de Besançon offers an entertaining way to discover a little-known part of the site's history, with an Escape Game set in the time of Louis XIV. Players will have a maximum of one hour to solve complex riddles, search for hidden clues and decipher coded messages in order to unravel the sulphurous "Affaire des poisons".
Reopening of the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation in Besançon
Museum of Resistance and Deportation
Reopening of the Museum of the Resistance and Deportation in Besançon
31/03/2023
After several years of renovation work, the Besançon Museum of Resistance and Deportation will reopen its doors on September 8, 2023. Visitors will then be able to discover the metamorphosis that has taken place, with completely redesigned spaces, a new tour route, two rooms showcasing the exceptional deportation art collection, and spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
Ataraxie - Festival d'Autres Formes
Event
Ataraxie - Festival d'Autres Formes
30/03/2023
The Citadelle de Besançon is hosting the Festival D'autres Formes, a new immersive festival that combines technology with the arts to create innovative artistic forms accessible to everyone. This year, the festival presents Ataraxie, a work by artist Maxime Houot, at the Citadelle from April 8 to 9.

Dave Burrell jazz concert
Event
Dave Burrell jazz concert
14/03/2023
American artist Dave Burrell will perform a jazz concert at the Chapelle de la Citadelle on Saturday, April 15 at 8:30 pm. Endowed with a breathtaking technique, Dave Burrell is a musician internationally renowned for his rhythmic rigor and inventiveness.
Birth of a Crowned Sifaka and a Francois Langur
Museum
Birth of a Crowned Sifaka and a Francois Langur
14/03/2023
In January, the Citadelle de Besançon saw the birth of two particularly endangered primates: a Crowned Sifaka and a Francois's Langur. The Besançon Museum has been involved for many years in actions to protect biodiversity, and this has never been more essential, at a time when the list of species threatened with extinction at regional level and worldwide continues to grow.
Youth work camp
Vauban monument
Youth work camp
09/03/2023
Registration is now open for the youth work camp to be held from July 8 to 22, 2023 at the Citadelle. These two-week workcamps are organized by the City of Besançon (Citadelle Department and Neighborhood Life Department) and the Club du Vieux Manoir association, which has been coordinating workcamps for over seventy years. This seventh edition will enable young volunteers to discover the riches of the Citadelle, the city's heritage and the surrounding area.
Digitization of the Citadelle
Vauban monument
Digitization of the Citadelle
07/03/2023
Until mid-April, Saône-based Capture 4D will be carrying out a complete digitization of the Besançon Citadel as part of an innovative project funded by the French Ministry of Culture. The aim of this digitization is to give the Citadelle the means to develop new augmented reality broadcasting tools to promote its Vauban heritage.
RENFORTS" exhibition
Event
RENFORTS" exhibition
03/02/2023
To mark the 15th anniversary of the inclusion of Vauban's work on UNESCO's World Heritage List, the Historical Heritage Department and the Citadelle invite visitors to take another look at Vauban's fortifications, through a photographic exhibition by artist Nicolas Waltefaugle. The exhibition offers an unprecedented view of the restoration work to be carried out in 2022, and of the people working to maintain and conserve this heritage of exceptional universal value.
Winter vacations
Programming
Winter vacations
03/02/2023
From February 4, La Citadelle reopens after its annual month-long closure. Visitors are expected to discover the new black and white photography exhibition "RENFORTS", and to attend workshops, tours and events organized for the winter vacations.
Christmas vacations
Event
Christmas vacations
19/12/2022
The Citadelle de Besançon offers visitors the chance to discover a colorful exhibition and take part in Christmas workshops. These activities are organized to enable young and old alike to spend a pleasant time with family and friends.
Start propithèque
Museum
Start propithèque
06/12/2022
As part of the European program to save crowned sifakas and on the recommendation of the primatologist coordinating this species, our female crowned sifaka, Tahiry, born in December 2019 at the Muséum, left for Apenheul Zoo (Netherlands) on Saturday December 3 to form a new pair with a male of the same species.
Exhibition in Lego® bricks
Event
Exhibition in Lego® bricks
03/12/2022
From December 03 to 31, the Citadelle in Besançon will be hosting a 130m² exhibition of Lego® brick creations. Three rooms will be open to the public, each featuring a variety of original constructions made with the famous Danish brick.
Donors in the spotlight at the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation's new temporary exhibition
Museum of Resistance and Deportation
Donors in the spotlight at the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation's new temporary exhibition
05/11/2022
While most people think of resistance actions during the Second World War in terms of armies, maquis, etc., another form of resistance developed, this time among deportees: "resistance through art and literature".
Birth Saki
Museum
Birth Saki
24/10/2022
A few days ago, a baby White-faced Saki was born at the Jardin Zoologique du Muséum de Besançon. This third birth at La Citadelle is an important one for this species, which is on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List.
Press information: All Saints' Day vacations
Programming
Press information: All Saints' Day vacations
20/10/2022
During the autumn vacations, the Citadelle is offering a wide range of activities to ensure that visitors have a great time on the heights of Besançon. On the program: workshops, tours, concerts and theater performances.
Release of a bald ibis
Museum
Release of a bald ibis
14/10/2022
A bald ibis born in 2022 at the Citadelle de Besançon left on October 13 to be reintroduced in Spain, alongside young ibises born at Mulhouse zoo, as part of the Proyecto eremita rescue project. This bird, classified as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUC), will join a colony destined to be released in their natural environment.
Releasing viperine snakes
Museum
Releasing viperine snakes
28/09/2022
As part of a plan to save the Viperine snake, the LPO Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and the Citadelle de Besançon have joined forces to protect this completely harmless snake during work on its natural habitat. After a phase of conservation outside their natural environment, their release is imminent.
FARMALL, the closing show of the summer season
Event
FARMALL, the closing show of the summer season
20/09/2022
des Plumes, the Citadelle de Besançon is organizing two theatrical performances on Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2 at 2pm in its Parc Saint Etienne.
For the occasion, the Couleur de Chap' company, Cirque Plume's Jura neighbors, will be performing their Farmall show, which is both humorous and cultivating. In fact, this soberly offbeat musical flirts between the gentle madness of the actors, the scenic surprise of a tractor and the virtuosity of the musicians.
Fantastic Picnic
Event
Fantastic Picnic
10/09/2022
As part of the Fantastic Picnic organized by the Comité Régional du Tourisme throughout the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, the Citadelle de Besançon is offering a gourmet and musical evening on Saturday, September 10 at 7pm.
This not-to-be-missed back-to-school event will take place in the Parc Saint-Etienne, with a 180° panorama of the city's lights as a backdrop. The public is invited to enjoy the last long days of summer, with family and friends.
European Heritage Days
Event
European Heritage Days
09/09/2022
For this 39th edition of the European Heritage Days, the French Ministry of Culture has chosen "Sustainable Heritage" as its theme. This theme enables us to unite and rally around current environmental and heritage preservation issues around the world. The Besançon Citadel, with its three museums and UNESCO World Heritage Site, has made this theme one of its key objectives. For the occasion, admission, tours and events will be free all weekend long.
Circus shows
Event
Circus shows
04/09/2022
As part of its summer program, the Citadelle de Besançon organizes an afternoon of circus shows on Sunday September 4, starting at 2pm. On the program: 3 companies for 9 performances. Some on stage, others in different parts of the Citadelle, lasting from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Be warned, these shows are sure to take place in unexpected places, so keep your wits about you!
These performances open the door to the circus of tomorrow, where movement sometimes resembles dance, and where poetic surprise is king! The shows Lévitation Réelle and Inertie won over audiences at the last edition of the Chalon dans la Rue festival.
Citadelle concerts
Event
Citadelle concerts
25/08/2022
As part of its summer program, the Citadelle de Besançon is offering concerts from September 1 to 3 in the Parc Saint-Etienne. Visitors will be seated on the grass, in the natural amphitheatre formed by the glacis, with a 180° panorama of the city lights as a backdrop. These concerts promise to be great evenings, with artists of eclectic musical genres (world music, electro, rock...) for a festive back-to-school season!
Participatory financing for the restoration of the Citadelle mill
Vauban monument
Participatory financing for the restoration of the Citadelle mill
23/08/2022
A rare reminder of daily life on the site in the 18th century, the Citadelle mill is in need of restoration and development. To this end, the Citadelle is offering a "bread-making kit" for sale to its visitors.
Weed-end Biodiversity 2022
Weed-end Biodiversity 2022
05/08/2022
La Citadelle offers a weekend of conservation activities focusing on the flora and fauna of France, confirming Besançon's strong commitment to the preservation of biodiversity.
biodiversity. Numerous meetings, events and workshops to discover some of the conservation projects in which the Besançon Museum is actively involved.
Besançon's Citadelle goes to the movies
Event
Besançon's Citadelle goes to the movies
03/08/2022
As part of its summer cultural program, from August 17 to 20, 2022, the Citadelle de Besançon is offering 4 cinema evenings, outdoors and on a giant screen.
July events: street and circus arts
Comtois Museum
July events: street and circus arts
07/07/2022
In 2022, the Musée comtois has carte blanche to concoct a high-flying summer season around live performance and contemporary circus arts. Shows and workshops on this theme will enliven the Citadelle throughout July.
Grand siècle weekend
Vauban monument
Grand siècle weekend
16/06/2022
As every year, a facet of the modern era will be revealed during the Weekend Grand Siècle organized at the Citadelle on June 25 and 26. Visitors will take a humorous plunge into the Grand and Beau centuries, on the theme of medicine and apothecary in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Unusual aperitifs
Event
Unusual aperitifs
15/06/2022
A pretty wicker picnic basket, a checkered tablecloth, beautiful plates, goodies from Lulu, Muc et le Lapin and La Citadelle just for you!
Prestige dinner at the Queen's table
Event
Prestige dinner at the Queen's table
09/06/2022
La Citadelle de Besançon: Launch of work on the Besançon Museum of the Resistance and Deportation
Museum of Resistance and Deportation
La Citadelle de Besançon: Launch of work on the Besançon Museum of the Resistance and Deportation
01/06/2022
Since 1971, the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation has been a benchmark among sites dedicated to the Second World War. Since January 2020, the museum has undergone a 360-degree metamorphosis: completely redesigned spaces, original museography, personification of history through personal life stories, enhancement of collections, dynamic cultural programming and, last but not least, a strong commitment to research.
Donation to Musée comtois of a collection of drawings by Abbé Garneret
Comtois Museum
Donation to Musée comtois of a collection of drawings by Abbé Garneret
13/05/2022
On May 13, the Folklore Comtois association and the Musée Comtois (City of Besançon) signed an agreement for the donation of a collection of drawings by Abbé Jean Garneret.
Aperitifs with V.U.E. * at UNESCO sites in Burgundy-Franche-Comté for the 50th anniversary of World Heritage * Outstanding Universal Value
Event
Aperitifs with V.U.E. * at UNESCO sites in Burgundy-Franche-Comté for the 50th anniversary of World Heritage * Outstanding Universal Value
05/05/2022
June 3 and 24, 2022 at the Besançon Citadel, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
To mark the 50th anniversary of World Heritage status, the 9 UNESCO sites in Burgundy-Franche-Comté will be offering tastings of their exceptional universal value every Friday evening in June.
"L'affaire des poisons": Return of the escape game
Vauban monument
"L'affaire des poisons": Return of the escape game
01/04/2022
The Citadelle de Besançon offers a fun way to discover a little-known facet of the site's history: an escape game in the time of Louis XIV. Through intrigue, logic, enigmas, clues, manipulation and other deceptions, will players succeed in solving the sulphurous "Affaire des poisons" within the allotted time?

NEW
A version of the game is now accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Easter vacations
Programming
Easter vacations
30/03/2022
Citamix
Vauban monument
Citamix
14/03/2022
February activities
Programming
February activities
02/02/2022
Arrival of the sloths
Museum
Arrival of the sloths
11/11/2021
Citalloween
Event
Citalloween
19/10/2021
All Saints' Day vacations
Event
All Saints' Day vacations
05/10/2021
Viperine snake release
Museum
Viperine snake release
27/09/2021
Reintroduction of torrent crayfish
Museum
Reintroduction of torrent crayfish
23/09/2021
Medea show
Event
Medea show
21/09/2021
European Heritage Days
Event
European Heritage Days
10/09/2021
King Lear show
Event
King Lear show
08/09/2021
Afterwork
Event
Afterwork
24/08/2021
Carnet rose: birth of a Langur de François
Museum
Carnet rose: birth of a Langur de François
18/08/2021
Canti exhibition
Museum
Canti exhibition
13/07/2021
Unusual aperitifs
Event
Unusual aperitifs
12/07/2021
Reconstruction of a soldiers' barrack room
Vauban monument
Reconstruction of a soldiers' barrack room
28/06/2021
Summer night walks
Event
Summer night walks
22/06/2021
Saving viperine snakes
Museum
Saving viperine snakes
08/06/2021
Escape Game l'Affaire des poisons
Vauban monument
Escape Game l'Affaire des poisons
27/05/2021

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