The Espace des Mondes Polaires would not exist without Paul-Émile Victor. Born in the Jura, this famous French explorer was one of the pioneers of modern ecology in the 70s, and predicted the brutal changes that would affect the North and South poles.
In light of today’s questions, issues and challenges, the Espace des Mondes Polaires museum gives a voice to explorers, scientists, contemporary artists and politicians, each bringing their own knowledge, dreams and imagination to tell us about these regions. Their insights give us a better understanding of the human, environmental and economic issues related to the balance of the planet, for example, by recounting the fate of the polar bear in its natural environment or that of the Inuit peoples.
Educational workshops, temporary exhibits, and auditorium talks and film screenings are regularly held at the polar museum. The Espace des Mondes Polaires collections and archives, which also contain items and documents belonging to the Victor family, will be displayed in temporary exhibits.
The Espace des Mondes Polaires is the leading cultural resource on issues affecting the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Its raison d’être are the Jura origins of Paul-Émile Victor and the location of the polar center in Prémanon since 1988.