In 2014, on the theme of Paul and Virginie, from the novel images, the Léon Dierx museum devotes a major exhibition to the myth of the famous couple immortalized by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.
Collected, and the collections of the Leon Dierx museum and the historical museum of Villèle are today the third largest public collection of reference on the theme of Paul and Virginia after those of the musée du Quai Branly, heir of the musée des Colonies, and of the national Library of France.
Between 1911 and 1914, Marius and Ary Leblond, Georges Athénas and Aimé Merlo, the origin of the creation of the Musée Léon Dierx, incorporate the theme of Paul and Virginia at the permanent exhibition of the collections. Prints, editions from different eras, plates, sculptures, textiles, are exhibited in a room specially dedicated to them. At the same time, Ary Leblond, the first curator of the permanent Museum of the Colonies, including the heir is the musée du Quai Branly, is from 1931, the second collection museum of the French on the theme of Paul and Virginia.
At the Meeting, in 1947 with the arrival of the funds Vollard, the collection of Paul and Virginia is relegated to the reserves of the musée Léon Dierx. The enrichment of the collections Paul and Virginia resumes sparingly during the 1970s and 1980s.
over the next decade, at the initiative of its curator, Jean Barbier, the historical museum of Villèle is an important collection of books and prints. At the musée du quai Branly, nearly 200 objects, paintings, sculptures, wallpapers, dishes, and trinkets are kept today. A room was devoted entirely to Paul and Virginia at the palace of the Golden Gate, between 1931 and 1960. The exhibition Paintings of faraway is a very large place to the heroes of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.