Institut de France

Institut de France, from the pont des Arts
Cupola of the Institut de France

The Institut de France (French pronunciation: [ɛ̃stity də fʁɑ̃s], French Institute) is a French learned society, grouping five académies, the most famous of which is the Académie française.

The Institute, located in Paris, manages approximately 1,000 foundations, as well as museums and châteaux open for visit. It also awards prizes and subsidies, which amounted to a total of 5,028,190.55 for 2002. Most of these prizes are awarded by the Institute on the recommendation of the académies.


Henri Grégoire was a founding member of the Institut de France.
Esplanade in front of the Institut, 1898.

The Institut de France was established on 25 October 1795, by the French government.


A plaque on the northern wall of the Institut de France shows the ancient location of the Tour de Nesle.


The Royal Society of Canada, initiated 1882, was modeled after the Institut de France and the Royal Society of London. The Lebanese Academy of Sciences known officially by its French name "Académie des Sciences du Liban (ASL) is broadly fashioned after the French Academy of Sciences, with which it continues to develop joint programs.

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Coordinates: 48°51′26.07″N 2°20′12.85″E / 48.8572417°N 2.3369028°E / 48.8572417; 2.3369028

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