Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Rouen

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Particularly interesting because its fine art collections represent every European school from the 15th to the 21st centuries, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen was founded in 1801 by Napoléon I. The vast collection represents many periods and styles with objets d'art, paintings, and drawings. The lost statue, "Hercules Slaying the Hydra of Lerna" by Pierre Puget, is on view, as well as other notable sculptures like "Satyr and Nymph” by Théodore Géricault. An impressive donation of François Depeaux paintings placed the museum at the forefront for Impressionist and 19th-century paintings. Renowned pieces include "Rue Saint-Denis" by Monet, "Democritus" by Diego Velázquez, and "Christ at the Column" by Caravaggio. Put Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rouen travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Nice museum, albeit a bit chaotic of décor. Styles and times walk through each other, but the collection is all in all worth it. Basic collection is free to visit.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Nice Museum from the outside. Cozy and charming internal courtyard where there is a bar with tables. The permanent collections of the Museum you can visit for free. Don't miss the rooms devoted to French impressionism.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Rich painters impressionists such as Monet, Velázquez, Caravaggio, everyone knows. But the exhibit captions are very old copy paper? Of such is still poor. Can you read English more difficult, only France, if somewhat... Did not enjoy 10 minutes into it. (English audio guide is available. ... Language skills there is no own. )
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  • June 22, 2017
    Gorgeous museum with a huge selection of art. Lovely gardens out the front as well. There was an awesome impressionist exposition here when we were here as well.
  • August 16, 2017
    Would have been five if the toilets had been serviced regularly. Other than that a good gallery and good service and staff.
  • May 28, 2017
    great pieces of art, one of them being the building itself. Great setting for a museum! I enjoyed the Monets immensely.
  • June 4, 2017
    Surprisingly large museum with a fine collection. Admission gets you in to a couple of other museums in town too.
  • February 19, 2017
    Art museum of Rouen. Collection only in Rouen and you will know more history of Rouen. Many masterpieces are here.

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If your main reason for visiting Rouen is its famous cathedral, which inspired Monet to paint dozens of canvasses, consider booking your room at a hotel in or around the city center. Despite being within walking distance of the cathedral and the river, hotels in this area provide comfort and privacy at modest prices. If you're looking to splurge and location isn't your priority, think about staying at a luxurious hotel-spa situated farther outside the city, where you can have access to heated outdoor pools.
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