Musee Fesch, Ajaccio

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Art Museum
Housed in the 19th-century palace, Musee Fesch has one of the finest collections of old masters and one of the most important Napoleonic collections in France. Cardinal Joseph Fescha left a collection of 16,000 mostly Italian and French paintings, of which 1,500 are part of the core collection. You will also see antique mahogany furniture and the statue of Napoléon I.

You can view Italian painting styles from many eras, including the Italian Primitives, Roman Baroque, Neapolitan Baroque, Napoleonic, landscapes, still lifes, popular scenes from the Flemish school, and a collection of Corsican paintings. Masterpieces in the permanent collection, include "The Virgin and Child Supported by an Angel" by Botticelli, the portrait of "Napoléon I, Emperor of the French" by Baron François Pascal Simon Gérard, and "Forêt de Valdoniello" by Jean-Luc Multedo. Use our Ajaccio trip builder to visit Musee Fesch on your trip to Ajaccio, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I visited the gallery when visiting the city on a cruise ship. The good thing it is only 10 minutes walk from the port. The staff insisted on checking my bag at reception, but on the second floor they...  more »
  • Mostly paintings that you can watch but nothing loses without visiting this place even if you are a connoisseur of painting.  more »
  • Whilst on a cruise we included a visit to Musee Fesch Easy to find and some great pictures Lighting not brilliant and would be 5 star if they added some English descriptions  more »
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  • One floor of the museum and the Imperial Chapel closed in mid August.
  • A little gem. This museum has the second largest collection of Italian paintings in France after Le Louvre in Paris. Not to be missed!
  • This is a wonderful collection of mainly Italian Art housed in a really beautiful and elegant museum. It is of great historical interest to anyone who loves Corsica, Italy or painting. A lot of the paintings were collected by Napoleon's uncle, Cardinal Fesch, in the period when the Bonapartes ruled most of Europe. While the range of art is quite limited by the standards of some world museums, mainly dating from the 16th-18th centuries, there is a lot of really excellent stuff here and the museum deserves to be better known. This is one of the highlights of Ajaccio which is a fascinating town with lots to do and enjoy.
  • Rate full (€8) for a demi-visite. The first floor is closed but no one is talking at the box office. And one requests me to still pay an entry for the chapel adjoining. Very disappointing impression, I was just coming for the Italian primitives!
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  • The 1st floor was closed when we were there because of the temporary exhibition. Is indicated only after paying our seats. The visit to the adjoining chapel is paid extra. Disappointment.
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