Musee Fesch, Ajaccio
(3.1/5 based on 340 reviews on the web)
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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  • beautiful museum devoted to Napoleon by his uncle Cardinal Fesch fairly priced and very well kept. a short walk from the cruise ship boarding ... on the ground floor exhibition of artefacts, sculptures and paintings relating to Napoleon ... beautiful art gallery upstairs .... beautiful paintings ....
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  • The musée Fesch ( Palais Fesch-musée des beaux-arts) is the central museum of fine arts in Ajaccio on Corsica. Located within the gated Palais Fesch. The most impressive painting collections at the mu...  more »
  • This is a real must to visit. Some exceptional paintings set in a most attractive gallery. Bit annoyed that a whole floor was closed due to staff shortages -- yet there seemed plenty of staff at the e...  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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