Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen

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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen, a fine arts museum in Caen, was founded at the start of the 19th century and rebuilt in 1971 within the ducal château. Its many treasures include various Italian, Flemish, French Renaissance and contemporary artworks. Admire paintings, drawings, sculptures, miniatures, and much more. You also can find prints from the Mancel collection. The museum organizes workshops for younger audiences and adults. Its public, curatorial library holds more than 20,000 art history volumes. Put Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen into our Caen tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Caen.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We liked the Museum. Nice collection. Ticket took immediately to two museums. It turned out cheaper. Please note that the Museum is closed for lunch. Tickets are not sold at the Museum and in the building of the church next door.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Family visit (as adults) a single hazards in the change of the Fund visit move in the Church of the Castle not very logical to my taste. Otherwise always beautiful works in the Museum as well as a temporary exhibition on the Flemish painters in partnership with the Museum history and art of Geneva ^^ d. Really a very nice Museum :)
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  • July 17, 2017
    After more or less difficult attempts in the past (works, or no visible rooms due to the preparation of an exhibition) we finally visited this beautiful Museum. Very well integrated into the "Castle", architecture is simple and effective. It has privileged natural light, which is relayed by the artificial lighting when the sky darkens. Point here to annoying reflections that also sometimes make the look on the complicated work. The content is wonderful: the Italians, the French, the Germans are represented by works all quality. And Flemish and Dutch painting was the subject of a temporary exhibition in partnership with the Museum of Geneva. Here again, nothing of the beautiful, the good,... Comments on the cartels are generally relevant and clear. Two light flats: why the ticket office in the courtyard of the castle must she be "double" not by a simple control, but by what appears to be a second car at the entrance to the Museum? And why is it not indicated on the two doors that give access to the rooms that the entrance is there? The attendant at the reception is very nice to repeat visitors (if he does not forget), but a small pictogram would not luxury.
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  • July 24, 2017
    Enjoyable museum, though I'm not overly interested in 16th/17th century paintings. Nevertheless they had some interesting paintings. Most of all i liked the temporarily exposition about cubism, even though it took some time to find it.
  • August 17, 2017
    Paintings were good to see but didn't have enough time to see all. 1850's Egyptian photos were worth a look at.
  • August 19, 2017
    Beautiful museums made up of varied works that are worth a visit! The place has a well-stocked library and a room devoted to very interesting lectures. On the other hand, I don't think that the Museum is very adapted for visits with children at an early age.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Interesting museum. Though no masterpieces but thereby you can visit the museum or quiet. A minus is the afternoon closure during the high season. You can not buy your ticket in the museum. for that you need the ticket shop on the same site.
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  • July 12, 2017
    In addition to the exceptionally rich collections and temporary exhibitions of fine workmanship, the bookstore in front of the home well has with a strong effort towards young people; educational and entertaining approach well thought. C is there I'll poke around to find the original gift that will motivate my grandchildren. Home and perfect but tips no cramped space the days of crowd... ps am also disappointed to find this closure of the sacred holy time of noon - so dear to the French but - tourists do not know. Question to local decision makers: a real dialogue is - you it was implemented?
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