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“super art museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen
Le Chateau, 14000 Caen, France
02 31 30 47 70
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Ranked #7 of 12 attractions in Caen
Type: Art Museums
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kent
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“super art museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We spent ages looking at the works of art.
This is a lovely place to spend time.
We got a joint ticket, this also allowed us into the museum opposite that displayed Roman remains etc. At just over 5 euros each an absolute bargain!

Visited October 2013
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Montreal
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“Good little collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The main exhibition on Impressionism was overshadowed by the fine works downstairs in the permanent collection, including a remarkable Monet, a fine Van Dongen, various Boudins and Corots and a sensational work by Pieter Bruegel the Younger.

Visited August 2013
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“Special Exhibition of Impressionists is worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We visited the museum to see the special exhibit of impressionist/post-impressionist art, and its a very good collection - 62 paintings in total. Many of them are by well known artists - Manet, Monet, Cassatt, Gaugin, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas & Matisse. But I really enjoyed discovering the work of less well-known artists, like Bastido, Helleu, Denis, Angrand & Bocion. The special exhibit has an audio guide for 5 Euro - well worth the investment (the permanent collection does not).

The permanent collection also has some great Impressionist art - Monet's Etretat, is one example, and as well there are several by Boudin and Denis.

Two things about the museum bothered me:
- all of the descriptions of the paintings are only in French. This museum attracts an international audience from UK and abroad. Why not provide descriptions in English and Spanish (we would have been lost w/o the audio guide!);
- for the special exhibit, the museum appears to be using bored teenagers in lieu of their regular security staff! I saw them reading books! This is unheard of in a modern museum! Why cut corners with such valuable works of art?

Visited August 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Musee des Beaux-Arts de Caen Le Chateau, 14000 Caen, France”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The museum is pretty but the content is not to everybody's taste. The special exhibition of seaside art was a let down but the permanent exhibition is worth a look.

Visited July 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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“Great summer Impressionist exhibit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The permanent collection isn't great BUT the summer speciaolexhibit is great. Located inside the Castle.

Visited June 2013
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