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. Scriptorial d'Avranches, musee des manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Avranches Edition.
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  • Very nice tour in a place too concrete, educational discovery of the history of the manuscript and real are also presented we also tells the history of the Mont st Michel Une boutique ends visit see
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  • If you went to the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel (it's the drinking thing about this famous rock), I recommend you visit the phoneme of Avranches. Far from being a tourist trap (and they are many in the area), it is instead a high quality Museum, designed for the comfort and satisfaction of the visitor, who will as well appeal to families and history buffs. You learn a lot about the history of the Abbey and its monks, on the story of Avranches, on the art of the manuscript... Beautiful collections of objects, digital media that allow to know more interesting temporary exhibitions... and a must: the room of manuscripts! Some complain that there is so little (a dozen exposed under glass), but it is well indicated that the collections turn every 3/4 months, historians are working on it and that it is better to keep them in conservation conditions (optimal) in the dark, must make an effort to read the cartels when it's crowded, but hey you get there). Only big downside: I've got a little sloppy at the end visit (temporary exhibition), because I arrived at 4 pm and I thought that the Museum closing at 6 pm, two hours would suffice me to visit the Museum. It closed at 5.30 P.m. because the Museum staff has been mobilized for a night tour of the city of Avranches. It has been informed 15 minutes before, but he had to tell us at the entrance, or display it more explicitly. Without it I would have put 5/5, but maybe I was misinformed... I think I'll come back when there's some other interesting temporary exhibitions if I go through Avranches. In the meantime, I can only advise you to go visit the phoneme and devote 2 H (3H if you want to watch all the projections and digital media). If you answer the questions on the plan, you are given a small gift at the end of visit. And then there's the town of Avranches which worth the look with its Basilica and its garden plants, with an exceptional view of the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.
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  • The first part of the Museum, dedicated to the history of Mont Saint-Michel is very instructive. The second part leads us progressively towards manuscripts... few on arrival. This is understandable but still frustrating... Digital games in each room to captivate the attention of youth. After going visit mount.
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