Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Rouen

Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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. To visit Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen on your holiday in Rouen, and find out what else Rouen has to offer, use our Rouen.
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  • Having worked at an art museum and visited them throughout the world, perhaps my expectation were too high but, really, could they at least have the old and unreadable wall texts redone so you know.....  more »
  • probably our mistake, that we expected more based on the reviews here. but if you are not totally into the religious art of the middle-age and other pre-modern painting, then this museum is nothing...  more »
  • I spent a very enjoyable hour-plus inside the excellent Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen and highly recommend it as a change of pace from the more well-known tourist sights in the town core. If you have.....  more »
  • I was surprised such a great art collection is free to see. I enjoyed a good 45 mins here, I know what I like and I skipped the stuff I didn't.
  • Great museum: Caravaggio, Monet, Velasquez, etc. The entrance is free and people working there are super nice!
  • Amazing. Very quiet when I visited. Had a room of 10 Monet's all to myself. Friendly staff. Free entry. Really good to visit if you like art and sculpture.
  • Very nice museum, free entry.. pay for special exhibitions
  • Only saw the permanent exhibit. Beautiful collection, from medieval to modern. Emphasis on renaissance (has a Caravaggio and quite some Dutch and Flemish works), French impressionists (a famous Rouen cathedral painting by Monet for example) and other 19-20th century works. Mostly paintings but also some sculpture. Definitely worth a visit if you like art.

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