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Nancy Museum of Fine Arts

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Address: 3 place Stanislas, 54000, Nancy, France
Phone Number: 33383853072
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Museum of Fine Arts The Museum of Fine Arts or le Musée de Beaux-Arts...

The Museum of Fine Arts The Museum of Fine Arts or le Musée de Beaux-Arts was created in 1793 and is housed in one of the striking 18th century buildings in Place Stanislas. The museum's walls are a witness to the architectural and urban development of Nancy. The restoration of 15th to 17th century fortifications in the basement of the museum has firmed its link between the old and new towns or indeed between the former Dukedom of Lorraine and modern Nancy. Development became necessary due to the increasing size of the collections. This led to an important extension in 1999 entailing a complete restructure of the museum in order to cater for young and adult visitors alike. The auditorium, temporary exhibition galleries, children's workshops, book shop and the Friends of the Museum Association all provide a large variety of cultural events for your benefit. Collections On display are works representing every European school of art, spanning a period from the 14th to the 21st century. The museum's impressive painting collections include a series of works by Pérugin, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Rubens, Delacroix, Monet, Modigliani, Dufy, Picasso, etc.... You are also assured to see the creations of both contemporary French and foreign artists. Visitors must not forget to admire works by famous Lorraine painters Claude le Lorrain, Emile Friant, Victor Pouvé, Etienne Cournault, Jules Bastien Lepage ... The collection also features sculptures by Rodin, Maillol, Zadkine, César, Dietman ... The Print Room exhibits periodically works taken from its rich collection of sketches, prints and engravings by artists such as Callot and Grandville. Finally, an original scenographic presentation of the Daum crystal collection allows visitors to explore 100 years of Nancy's well-known glasswork's production.

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Daum Art Nouveau exhibition of glassware was superb

The museum is located in Place Stanislow, but be sure to visit the Vistors Bureau also on the Square to get your free Pass Lorraine which enables entry at a reduced price (Jan... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is located in Place Stanislow, but be sure to visit the Vistors Bureau also on the Square to get your free Pass Lorraine which enables entry at a reduced price (Jan 16). Paintings dating from the 14th century through to 20th century including Champaigne, Caravage, Boucher, Delecroix, Modigliani and Monet. On the lower ground floor there was a... More 

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Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

From finding the odd Caravaggio and Picasso to discovering Dore and Manet were there but for me the find to surpass everything else was the wonderful glass collection. Lots of Galle to be expected but many others too On Christmas Eve there were more security people than visitors. But everyone was helpful

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Good historical context with emphasis on the last 50 years. Paintings and sculpture are supplemented with imaginative 3-D constructions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Took a little finding. Why? The museum's name was hidden behind a long pennant advertising another Nancy museum. An outward-looking acquisition policy, proximity to the Low countries, the generosity of local people and the quality of French painting over the centuries has produced a very interesting art collection. On top of that, the exhibition of Daum glass in the basement... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Go to the basement for the glass. The signposting is not that brilliant but persevere. The special exhibition while we were there was interesting (about the social and political events around Art Nouveau) but the permanent collections are missable.

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

If you don't have much time, go straight to the lower floor and see the amazing collection of glassware. The museum also has a strong collection of paintings (we especially loved the 19th- and 20th-century works), sculpture and furniture. The display space itself was also quite nice.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This is a fine art gallery with lots of excellent pieces and we made a great discovery in artist Emile Friant and his great art.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

From outside the place Stanislas entrance, I imagined a staid but respectable display and collection. Wow! The addition on the back and side is bright and has a terrific collection of well-known and lesser-known artists and sculptors. It also provided my enjoyable introduction to Emile Friant, distinctive for emotive, almost photographically rendered faces and gauzier, impressionistic backgrounds. A number of... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The museum has a broad collection of works from french artists I didn't know before but was glad to come across (especially Emile Friant). The 1st floor hosts works from the pre-modern era (mostly medieval and renaissance) which I found okay. There are some gigantic paintings that invite you to linger around and think, but overall it's nothing overwhelming. On... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

Great museum, polite staff, impressive exhibits. We spent about two hrs without the audio tour. No cafe inside so plan aheah!

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