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Musee d'Angouleme, Angouleme
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The Musée d'Angoulême, formerly the Musée des beaux-arts d'Angoulême, is a public museum in Angoulême, France. It is located beside the Angoulême Cathedral in the heart of the historical center of the city, It is classified as a Musée de France, and has important archaeological, ethnographic and artistic collections. It also hosts temporary exhibitions and conferences.OriginsThe Musée d'Angoulême has its origin in an 1838 donation of ten paintings to the city of Angoulême by François Ringuet. Starting in 1868 the French government began to send paintings that had been exhibited in the Paris Salons to Angoulême, where they were first stored in the attic of the old city hall. On 15 August 1869 a museum was opened on the ground floor of the new city hall, where it remained until 1920. On 12 September 1920 the present museum opened in two wings of the former residence of the Bishop of Angoulême. It featured paintings, sculpture and archaeology. The administrative wing continued to be used for other purposes.HistoryDr Jules Lhomme bequeathed a major collection of works of art and ethnography from around the world to the city. The display of this collection was inaugurated by the sculptor Émile Peyronnet, then the curator of the museum, on 17 January 1935. This is one of the best French collections of African and Oceanian works both in terms of number and of quality. In 1983 the museum opened in the whole building after renovation of the wing that had formerly been occupied by the School of Fine Arts. The entire museum was renovated between 2005 and 2008, reopening on 1 March 2008 with of exhibition space.As of 2015 the Musée d'Angoulême was open all year round from Tuesday to Sunday each week, with no charge for admission. The museum provided tours, workshops and conferences.
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  • Installed collections ranging from prehistory to contemporary artists through the primitive Art. Visit nice and more free on 1st Sunday of each month.
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  • Two sections of the Museum are exceptional: the palaeontology (huge Nautilus, dinosaurs) and the first arts (Maghreb, Africa, and Oceania) part: it would be worthwhile to spend a visit only for this section, incidentally, to linger a little longer. You can also see some local painting of the 19th - 20th centuries, some European since the 16th century painting and a little antique and middle ages in the Angoumois. The exhibition was also interesting.
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  • The Museum is located near the Cathedral St. Peter which we aspire allegories, gargoyles and architecture. The archaeological collections are exceptional and very rare. Many have been discovered recently in the local quarries. The pictorial part of the Museum is very interesting also.
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  • a museum on a human scale... nothing of dusty, a modern, educational presentation and refreshing... 3 floors of discoveries and varied... an architectural alliance between ancient and modern of good quality... of fine works... all for free... respect to all those who give a lot of trouble for us to enjoy these local treasures...
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  • An excellent Museum of province very interesting. Nice and beautiful works
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  • Small size but high quality. Ideal to visit with the children.
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  • The Museum of Angoulême is a beautiful Museum although it is not very large. He browse different ages located on different floors. In short, not to be missed.
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  • Beautiful
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