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JOIN LA SAMARITAINE! To apply for a position at the department store: Job applicants can also apply by email: If you are interested in applying for a position at the Cheval Blanc Paris hotel, please send an application by email to:

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THE CRÈCHE AT LA SAMARITAINE The multi-company crèche – called Les Petites Canailles La Samaritaine – will open in September 2020. It will welcome up to 80 children and propose the Montessori educational method, in English. With extended opening times, the establishment will welcome children from 10 weeks old up until kindergarten age.  With a total […]

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LATEST NEWS Follow us on Instagram lasamaritaine.official to see the latest images as work advances at the site.  All our videos are posted on the Samaritaine’s Facebook page

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AN ILLUMINATED WORKSITE For the 2012 Nuit Blanche all-night festival in Paris, artist Laurent Grasso created an installation of bright neon letters Du Soleil Dans la Nuit (Sun in the Night), illuminating the sky above La Samaritaine.  For the 2018 edition of the festival, La Samaritaine commissioned an artist known for nocturnal creations to illuminate the Art […]

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COMMUNICATION Conform to the commitments made within the scope of the jobs protection plan which was approved and implemented in 2006, former employees who were working at the store in 2005 will have priority for new positions at the Samaritaine department store or the Hôtel Cheval Blanc when they open, currently scheduled during the second […]

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LES JOURNÉES PARTICULIÈRES: LVMH X LA SAMARITAINE For the fourth edition of Les Journées Particulières heritage days, La Samaritaine joined the event for the first time. Guided one-hour tours gave visitors a chance to discover the Maison du Projet showroom with a multimedia look at the future La Samaritaine. The displays both retrace the history […]

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A big surprise in the Rue de Rivoli

In 2013, inspired by the Paris city guide he had just published, comic book illustrator Charles Berbérian created life-size blue-hued murals with scenes of Parisian life for the construction hoarding of La Samaritaine’s Rue de Rivoli façade. They were a big hit with passers-by, who loved them and took countless photos. Berbérian’s art work is […]

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“Ateliers À La Loupe”, an exhibiti...

The Musée en Herbe presents “Ateliers À La Loupe” – studios under the magnifying glass – a retrospective of 40 paintings of artists’ studios and portraits by British-American artist Damian Elwes, from 25 January to 9 September, 2018. This interactive exhibition transports visitors directly into the fascinating and creative worlds of some of the greatest […]

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Children’s Art Workshops at La Samari...

In partnership with the Musée en Herbe, La Samaritaine launches a series of artistic workshops for children. Free of charge and open to all, the workshops take place one Saturday each month at La Samaritaine’s Maison du Projet (Showroom) at 1 Rue du Pont-Neuf, Paris 1er. Each workshop can accommodate 10 children, and advance reservation […]

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La Samaritaine is closed and is current...

While some people may think that the La Samaritaine department store is still open, it actually closed in 2005. Here are some key dates for the developments since then : 2005: Despite major upgrading work, Magasins 2 and 4 are closed on the orders of the Préfecture de Police, citing fire safety reasons 2006: Negotiation […]

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Japanese Architecture in Paris, 1867-20...

Paris has always fascinated Japanese architects, giving rise to multiple exhibitions, installations, design projects and iconic buildings. For the first time this exhibition and the accompanying book showcase the dialogue between the two cultures, which started at the end of the 19th century and which continues today in 10 major building projects – recently completed […]

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Pupils make their mark!

An artistic partnership, initiated in 2012 by La Samaritaine brings together the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and l’École de l’Arbre-Sec. Students and teachers, accompanied by the museum’s own lecturers and artists, explore a contemporary take on La Samaritaine’s historic signature Art Nouveau and Art Deco features. Spanning three school years and all classes of the […]

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The Musée Cognacq-Jay – a taste ...

La Samaritaine invites you to discover – or re-discover –  the Musée Cognacq-Jay, inextricably linked with the history of the iconic department store and its founders, Ernest Cognacq and his wife, Marie-Louise Jaÿ. Ernest Cognacq particularly loved 18th century art. Having amassed a fortune from La Samaritaine, he started buying works of art as early […]

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La Serenissima ! Venetian Celebrations...

With just one month to go before the temporary exhibition “La Serenissima – Venetian celebrations, from Tiepolo to Guardi” at the Musée Cognacq-Jay closes,  La Samaritaine invites you to discover Venice’s spirit of celebration! In the 18th century, the Venetian republic’s political and economic stability gave rise to Venice’s last golden age, which ended with […]

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The art of the site

As part of La Samaritaine’s partnership with the Lycée Maximilien Vox (Paris 6e), we’d like to invite you to discover the creations of the 2015-2016 BTS Design & Communication class. The brief to the students was to create a graphic image communicating the excitement of the Samaritaine construction site. However this was not just to […]

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Hello, My Game Is….

La Samaritaine invites you to explore the works of street artist Invader with “My Game is……”   – an exhibition at the neighbouring Musée en Herbe at 23 Rue de l’Arbre-Sec. Young visitors and their parents can discover the world of the artist through an interactive journey which unveils over 100 unpublished works! Arcade stations, a […]

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Happy new year 2017

La Samaritaine’s team wishes you a wonderful 2017! Click on the image below!

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“Ma Samaritaine” 2016 : Carte Blanc...

The first three “Ma Samaritaine” competitions were, in a certain way, variations of visits and inventories of the site. Guided in turn firstly by young French and foreign photographers, then young artists and – most recently – well-known photographers, we have been challenged with their eclectic visions of the space. Regardless of how it is […]

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La Samaritaine unveils its new « Mais...

After welcoming 60,000 visitors since May 2011 at its former location at 83 Rue de Rivoli, the Maison du Projet is moving to 1 Rue du Pont-Neuf. Open to the public from 1.00pm to 8.00pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the new Maison du Projet showcases striking images and an immersive 3D virtual reality tour […]

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A well-protected site

All of the facades on Rue de l’Arbre-Sec are now covered by an acoustic hoarding that not only reduces noise but also protects against dust from the building site.  This should further reassure parents of students of the L’Ecole de l’Arbre-Sec school, following the creation of a temporary interior “corridor” inside the site to restrict […]

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L’Ecole de l’Arbre – Sec and ...

Renewed for another three years, the partnership between the La Samaritaine, L’Ecole de l’Arbre-Sec and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs continues apace. Encompassing all classes of the school, this year the partnership showcases the architecture and decorative arts at the time of the Expositions Universelles, or World Expos, of 1900 and 1925. Students take part […]

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Albert Marquet at the Musée d’Art Mo...

The Paris Musée d’Art Moderne, or Museum of Modern Art, pays tribute to Albert Marquet (1875-1947). Initially a Fauvist artist in the early days of his career, this Post-Impressionist painter is still of interest to us today due to his many paintings of Parisian views, and especially those of the Pont-Neuf with La Samaritaine in […]

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Charles Berbérian’s Paris

For the second time, La Samaritaine has commissioned illustrator Charles Berberian to design the site hoarding covering the facades on the Rue de Rivoli, Rue de la Monnaie and Rue de l’Arbre Sec. Large-scale glimpses of Parisian life include La Samaritaine with other iconic monuments of the City of Light – fresh and stimulating drawings […]

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The path to restoration

La Samaritaine is temporarily losing her finery – following the removal of the glass dome, it’s now the turn of the colourful enamelled ceramic panels decorating the Art Deco facades to be taken down one by one, numbered and sent to specialist restoration workshops outside Paris. The same process will be repeated for the large […]

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A construction site under the radar

There’s more noise from the Rue de Rivoli itself than from La Samaritaine’s construction site! This has been revealed through sensors placed throughout the interiors of the neighbouring buildings, which continuously record noise and vibration levels during the construction work. The readings are then transmitted to the central site office, which sets off an alarm […]

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Spotlight on Traffic Safety

Recognisable by their fluorescent high-visibility jackets, nine “traffic marshals” are in charge of road safety around the site for the duration of the construction work.  Their role is to protect pedestrians, especially in the key area around the school and creche in Rue de l’Arbre-Sec, while further away in Rue de Coligny, lines of lorries […]

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New design partnership

In addition to the partnership already signed with the L’École de l’Arbre-Sec and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a new educational tie-up has been confirmed with the students of the BTS Design & Communication course at the Lycée Maximilien Vox (Paris, 6e)  – and their first task is to design this year’s greeting card!

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A Vertical HQ

Eight floors of project offices have now been erected on the Quai du Louvre construction site. In conjunction with the requirements of the local Préfecture de Police, assembling this giant LEGO-like tower of portacabins was akin to a nocturnal “ballet”, watched with interest by passersby. During the busiest periods of the renovation project, the site […]

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Medal for Maison du Projet 2.0

This year, La Samaritaine has been honoured by the Trophées de la Communication, the national communications competition, with the prize for the best event communication campaign by a private organisation for its Maison du Projet 2.0, which showcases its advanced technology platforms and virtual reality tour of the project.

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The project starts here!

The first two cranes – one beside the Seine and the other on the Rue de Rivoli – have arrived on the scene. Enjoy these images of their installation – but beware of vertigo!

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The green light – at last!

The Conseil d’État, or Council of State, has just approved the building permit for La Samaritaine’s construction site on the Rue de Rivoli, which had previously been challenged by heritage protection organisations and annulled on May 13, 2014 by the Tribunal Administratif, or administrative court. Signalling the end of a long legal soap opera, Anne […]

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La Samaritaine through the lenses of si...

For the third year of its corporate photography sponsorship project, La Samaritaine commissioned a group of celebrated international photographers to shoot a contemporary vision of the iconic building, plus a glimpse into the future at the same time. Michael Ackerman, Pierre-Olivier Deschamps, JH Engström, Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre, Sarah Moon and Georges Rousse were […]

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