This station is named after the Museum of Arts and Craft located nearby. On the line 11 platform, you feel like in the Jules Vernes's Nautilus, the famous Captain Nemo's submarine, with the copper lining, the wheels out of the ceiling, and the portholes. The subdued light completes the atmosphere and even the bins are blent in the scenery! I just love this station, which project was carried out by the strip cartoon drawer François Shuiten.
The vault is orned by a mozaïc frieze from Jean Bazaine, called "Les Oiseaux" (The Birds). On each side, you can see the signatures (made of colorfull mozaïc as well) of famous French artists, scientists or politicians. The typography of the station name itself is old fashion.
The station was renovated in 1974. Because it's close to the "Hôtel des Monnaies", the windows on the platform show the tools to strike the coins. The vault is decorated with enormous reproductions of colorfull coins.
The walls of the station on the ligne 12 were totally covered in 1989, by Françoise Schein, with the text of the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Each tile is a letter and there is no ponctuation or space between the words, which makes the reading quite difficult !
The station is orned with five frescos by Liliane Belembert and Odile Jacquot, showing events linked to the French Revolution. You also have a beautiful view of the canal when you're on the platform.
On the ligne 1, this station was redecorated for the centenary of the parisian metro in 2000 and illustrates History during the twentieth century.
Since 1968, the platforms of the station have been transformed into an anteroom of the museum by Robert Vanter. André Malraux was Minister of the Culture at the time. The sculptures are from four important periods of History of Art. The walls are made of Bourgogne stones.
The platforms of this station are out of line with each other. In 1982, two architects from Liège in Belgium, Daniel Hicter and Marie-Claire Van Vuchelen, carried out a ceramic panels work representing sites and monuments of the province of the same name.
Still decorated with the blason of Paris, it's been recently renewed. Maps, engraving reproductions and pictures of the old Paris have been replaced by really interesting panels retracing Paris and the metropolitan history. (Everything is written in French though!)
A peaceful station due to the fact that there is no advertising at all but a wall paper setting big red, yellow, blue, black and white patches. These printed figures, called "Chambre Double"(Double Room), are conceived by Jean-Charles Blais, since 1990, and change from time to time. Different colors are chosen then. The last time, he imagined only three colors, blue, red and white.