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Musée Dobrée, Nantes

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The Musée Dobrée is a museum in Nantes, in the quartier Graslin in the immediate outskirts of the city centre and very close to the city's Natural History Museum. It was given to the city by Thomas Dobrée (13 August 1810 – 1895) and now belongs to the Conseil général de la Loire-Atlantique. In January 2010, the Conseil général began a project to restructure and modernise the museum, which is planned for completion in 2015.The Palais DobréeFrom an old Huguenot family which had originated in Normandy before moving to Guernsey in the 16th century, whose other members became businessmen and arms-bearers in Nantes, Thomas Dobrée found himself with a large fortune at a young age. He then abandoned business aged 28 to collect artworks for 64 years of his life. From 1862, he devoted himself to building his 'palais', to house the over 10,000 objets d'art which he had spent his life collecting. His collections were particularly rich in precious books such as incunables and old Breton printed books, along with miniature paintings on manuscripts, autographs, coins, medals and the other graphic arts (notably German and Dutch engravings). His collection also included important holdings of sculpture, paintings and decorative art objects from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century.Built in the immediate outskirts of the 15th century manor of John V, Duke of Brittany, the palais Dobrée was in the Romanesque Revival style dear to Viollet-le-Duc, although it was a joint work by the architects Simon, Boismen, Chenantais and Le Diberder, who were constantly troubled by their patron regarding it. Its form was inspired by the designs on the Saint Calminius Reliquary, which was part of the collection. In total Dobrée spent 100,000 francs (254,000 Euros) a year over 34 years, though he never lived there and it was only completed after his death.
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  • This is a most interesting building in itself, going back centuries, even to the Irish! There was an exhibition of a Lyon Artist of his curious artefacts.Lovely place.  more »
  • Full Museum that allows us to see a lot of things. There is something for all tastes and all ages.
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  • If you want to relax you can enjoy this museum in the park on a bench. The museum itself is closed. Beautiful buildings that stand out with their Brown stones.
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  • The Museum is very nice and has a rich and varied collection. The staff is always ready to learn. Not to be missed if you are passing in Nantes.
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  • Atypical Museum which offers beautiful pieces all in a lovely building.
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  • Museum to visit at least once. The Museum offers free older collections.
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  • Ok.
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  • Very nice site,
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