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The town is proud to present its renowned creativity which has survived the centuries from the days of the Dukes of Bourbon down to the present day.
The most recent example was the creation of the Illustration Centre devoted to book illustrations dating from the last 50 years. Located alongside the Allier, you can visit the CNCS, the Centre National du Costume de Scène (National Theatre Costume Centre) with its collection of 9,000 theatre or opera costumes, which organises a number of extremely varied annual exhibitions. As the préfecture of the Allier area, Moulins is rightly proud of the vibrant yet peaceful lifestyle of a town which has always been synonymous with history and know-how.
Alongside the river Allier, basking in the gentle colours of the town's bricks and pink sandstone, take the time to enjoy the special atmosphere to be found here. The artistic features added by the Dukes of Bourbon, the theatre costumes and private buildings and courtyards all arouse a sense of cultural curiosity, discovery and relaxation.
If you enjoy contemporary, dynamic art, head on over to the Illustration Centre :
Located in the heart of the old town in a marvellous private building dating from the 18th century, the Illustration Centre, is an initiative unique of its kind in France. It is devoted to illustrations from children's books dating from the last 50 years, with something new every six months thanks to the temporary exhibitions hosted there.
Another popular heritage site in Moulins is the Centre national du costume de scène et de la scénographie (National Theatre Costume and Stage Design Centre):With its soft lighting, outstanding character and the wealth of beautiful costumes exhibited here, everything has been done to ensure that your visit to the National Theatre Costume Centre in Moulins provides an opportunity for you to discover these arts. With a collection of 9,000 opera, theatre and ballet costumes, this centre is a shrine to costume making know-how and the creation of theatrical settings.