Curtius Museum, Liege

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The Curtius Museum (Musée Curtius) is a museum of archaeology and decorative arts, located on the bank of the Meuse River in Liège, classified as a Major Heritage of Wallonia.

It was built sometime between 1597 and 1610 as a private mansion for Jean Curtius, industrialist and munitions supplier to the Spanish army. With its alternating layers of red brick and natural stone, and its cross-mullioned windows, the building typifies the regional style known as the Mosan (or Meuse) Renaissance.

After a 50 million euro redevelopment, the museum reopened as the Grand Curtius (Le Grand Curtius) in March 2009, now housing the merged collections of four former museums: the museum of archeology, the museum of weaponry, the museum of decorative arts, and the museum of religious art and Mosan art. Highlights in the collections include treasures of Mosan art such as a twelfth-century gilded reliquary tryptich, formerly in the church of Sainte-Croix, the Evangelarium of Notger, sculptures by Jean Del Cour, and a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte painted by Ingres in 1804: Bonaparte, First Consul.

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  • Nice exhibition, beautiful building with modern extensions. Management does a lot of efforts to explain and show past and present history.  more »
  • The Curtius Museum is a little like a local history museum with a collection worthy of a national museum. The glass collection is very special with some beautiful examples of St. Lambert and Art...  more »
  • I spend several hours at this museum and found it to be very interesting with lots of different themes to visit Some of the museum is being renovated The most beautiful part of the museum is the...  more »
  • Nice collection, but some of the exhibitions are very poorly lit.
  • Very nice museum. Too many weapons though, which gets tiring after a while.
  • Very good museum, the weapons is the part I liked the most, but the prehistory is also very good. Also not very crowded, it makes the visit much more enjoyable. There are locks in the entrance to keep your jacket, you need a 50 cent coin to use them.
  • It’s an interesting collection, worth visiting if you have time but perhaps not as satisfying as guide books and conventional wisdom seem to suggest. There’s a lot of stuff in here — some (like the Art Deco collection) great others more specialized (the extensive gun collection). The staff were extremely helpful but think about whether the hour is worth it versus other things you can do during your visit.
  • Weapon section is my favourite...

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