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. 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 road trip website .
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  • The collection at Rouen boasts many pictures which one might expect to find in a national collection, including some fine examples of impressionist paintings. The gallery was well designed for its tim...  more »
  • A decent collection of fine art in an old mansion; some rooms are too dark to really appreciate the paintings - the admission is free - but the building was almost empty and the staff and the visitors...  more »
  • We missed the temporary exhibition Picasso but there is enough good material to appreciate this important Museum. Wide panorama of the different periods of the middle ages to the Impressionists (large donation of works from Modigliani), the Museum has at least 2 tables worth to them only visiting, a Velasquez ("the man with the world map") and a Caravaggio ("la flagellation of Christ at the column"), also a room devoted to Géricault, Rouen artist. Free entry.
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  • 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.
  • Would have been five if the toilets had been serviced regularly. Other than that a good gallery and good service and staff.
  • great pieces of art, one of them being the building itself. Great setting for a museum! I enjoyed the Monets immensely.
  • Surprisingly large museum with a fine collection. Admission gets you in to a couple of other museums in town too.
  • 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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