The CNCS (Centre national du costume de scène et de la scénographie), a 20-minute walk from the Hôtel de Paris, houses a prestigious collection of 10,000 stage costumes, deposited by the three major institutions: the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Comédie-Française and the Opéra national de Paris.
Free visit all year round. Permanent exhibition dedicated to the star dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Temporary exhibitions are held in the former cavalry barracks in the Villars district.
There are many museums in the Allier. The main ones are in Moulins and can be visited on foot from the Hôtel de Paris.
Don't miss the Musée Anne-de-Beaujeu, housed in the first French Renaissance monument. Just 100 m from the Hôtel de Paris, it houses collections of classical archaeology, medieval sculptures from the Bourbonnais, 18th century decorative art from the Moulin and 19th century paintings.
The Maison Mantin, just a minute's walk from the hotel, boasts magnificent golden leathers, Aubusson tapestries and antique stained glass windows illuminating every wall and space.
The MIJ (Musée de l'Illustration Jeunesse) is a 5-minute walk from the Hôtel de Paris and currently holds more than 4,500 works by more than thirty illustrators.
Finally, the Visitation Museum, 350 metres from the hotel, houses more than 10,000 objects of the Visitation order from 100 monasteries around the world.