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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy

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Address: 3 Place Stanislas, 54000, Nancy, France
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+33 3 83 85 30 72
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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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Housed in a beautiful building in Stanislas Square, this is well worth a visit. I did struggle with the heavy emphasis on religious paintings on the top floors but was blown away... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 11, 2016
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Their permanent paintings collection is pretty pathetic and provincial. But they sometimes host good exhibitions (check what is on). And they have not very big but very enjoyable art nouveau crystal and glass collection from Daum factory.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Housed in a beautiful building in Stanislas Square, this is well worth a visit. I did struggle with the heavy emphasis on religious paintings on the top floors but was blown away by the 19th and 20th century art on the ground floor which had a great selection of paintings. Also do not miss the Daum glassware collection tucked away... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

the collection of this museum concentrates on old art work - there is only a small section of contemporary art. The extention is a very successful architectural master piece. there is an audio guide but the German version has only half of commentaries. Don't miss the collection of glass work in the basement.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

This museum is in one of the statuesque buildings facing the beautiful Place Stanislas. It houses a wonderful collection of artworks - a large portion of which are religious in theme. But there are also many other beautiful works, plus some modern sculptures and paintings. But the highlight would have to be the Daum glassware display housed in the basement... More 

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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The collection was wonderful. (Caravaggio, Rubens, Boucher, Picasso. I loved the modern art and Cariter-Bresson collections.

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely museum with a good selection of contemporary and traditional art. The glassware is stupendous. I was particularly captivated by the drawings by Cournault. The only downers are the lack of lockers for rucksacks and the minuscule selection in the gift shop. Otherwise a perfect way to spend a couple of hours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the entire museum ... But for someone whose French is sketchy, the hand held recorded information device worked on only rare occasion...and then it would cut off in mid explanation. The morning sun through the windows of the beautiful building provided a glare which made studying the paintings difficult. (Somewhat surprised that 16th century paintings would be exposed to... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This museum is a bit of a curate's egg: The 17th - 19th century portraits, hunting scenes, still lifes, etc. - bla bla bla bla bla. When will we be able to bin all this? The medieval delights - gorgeous. The 20th century design - gorgeous. The 20th and 21st century paintings and sculptures and installations - gorgeous. The Daum... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

The museum has a diverse number of collections. The most memorable being the Arte Deco glassware by Emile Galle and the Nancy school. The collection is situated in the lower level. The collection alone deserves a visit. There's also an Impressionist collection that will please. The top floors have an extensive collection of religious paintings. I think it's a bit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Housed in one of the magnificent buildings in Stan square, the paintings were heavily biased towards religion and became slightly repetitive. The landscape work and the photographic-like studies by Frant were a very welcome change and made the visit worthwhile.

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