Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel, Avranches
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In the center of the town, in a truly contemporary building, Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel exhibits the precious manuscripts of the Mont Saint-Michel abbey, kept in Avranches since the Revolution. You can view these medieval manuscripts in an exhibition room, darkened to protect the historic documents. Labels are in French and English, and an English audio guide is available to help you better understand the background of the manuscripts.

There are several fascinating galleries to discover, including a gallery showing how Avranches developed from Roman times and another with artifacts from the middle ages. Various educational films are played in a loop throughout the museum, showing the development of Mont Saint-Michel, how to make paper, how to bind a book, and more. A visit to Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Avranches tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Outside the building in concrete does not mine and is rather off-putting, but once inside you're very pleasantly surprised by the volumes and layout. The reception staff is very nice and helpful, and explain the course of your visit. Visit very documented and very interesting on the town of Avranches, and mont Saint-Michel. A stop is essential if you're curious.
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  • Stunning presented works, manuscripts of Mont Saint-Michel, beautiful illuminations... A place to take his time in case of rain and marvel at all these works of art.
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  • A visit interesting and didactic. A small booklet for children. I thought I'd see more of manuscripts but (videos on paper, binding, illumination...) explanations were really very successful.
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