CNCS statistics

Presentation of areas and key statistics

Visitors, exhibitions, collections, functioning and areas, discover all the statistics for the CNCS. With more than 900 000 visitors, 3500 m2 open to the public, 300 m2 of pedagogical spaces and more than 25 exhibitions to its credit, discover the key statistics of the most visited museum in the Auvergne.


  • more than 750 000 visitors since its opening in 2006
  • An average of 80 000 visitors per year
  • More than 50% come from the Auvergne Region and surrounding French departments
  • 15% of visitors are from Paris and the Paris Metropolitan Region
  • 10 000 participants per year for pedagogical and mediation activities

The exhibitions 

  • 23 temporary exhibitions presented at the CNCS 
  • 8 exhibitions presented internationally (United States of America, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, Russia, Rumania, Spain…)
  • 1 permanent exhibition dedicated to the dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev: The Nureyev Collection

The collections

  • 10 000 costumes, or more than 20,000 objects preserved in its reserves
  • including a collection of 30 costumes and 300 objects and works of art that belonged to Rudolf Nureyev


  • 25 employees
  • 3 million euro budget
  • 3 founding institutions (The National Library of France, the Comédie-Française and the National Opera of Paris)


  • 8,000m² of buildings on a 4 hectare site
  • 3,500m² of areas open to the public (visitor reception, museum shop, cloakrooms, cafe-restaurant, auditorium) and for rent
  • A floor of 1,500m² for temporary exhibitions with eight showcased exhibition rooms designed to resemble small stages and a large dimension room equipped with theatrical machinery enabling costumes to be displayed in a scenographic context
  • 300m²  of pedagogical space, organized in 4 rooms designed for both a young public and other types of visitors notably for the practical artistic workshops (drawings, embroidery, dance, training of future professionals...)
  • A documentation center of 150
  • An auditorium with 100 places