A museum in a former stately home, with collections covering some of the vanished history of St Omer (e.g. the abbey of St Bertin and the one-time major industry of tobacco pipe manufacture), some interesting pictures, and a series of 18th century salons with beautiful woodwork and furniture - among other things. The building is beautiful in itself, and the museum has a pleasant, unpressurised atmosphere, uncrowded rooms, and exhibits which are well labelled and helpfully displayed. At present there is also a very well presented special exhibition of 12th century manuscripts and works of art. Some good publications and cards available for sale, though this side of the museum could be further developed. They are very keen to have foreign visitors and the staff are particularly welcoming.
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