Musee de Picardie
Musee de Picardie
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Since it first opened back in 1867, the Musée de Picardie has been considered one of the finest French museums outside of Paris. Inspired by Napoleon III’s Louvre design, it is a museum of fine arts and archaeology bringing together rich collections of sculptures, artefacts and paintings, taking visitors on a journey across the world and through time from the Palaeolithic Era to the present day. It has undergone a huge renovation between 2015 and 2020. The reopening took place March 1st 2020.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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SergioR1
Eastbourne, UK865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Amazing museum well worth at least 2 hours visit. 7 Euros full price but only 4 id you arrive within the last hour before closing. Underground floor is an archeological treasure. Green, egyptian and prehistorical founds. Ground floor is devoted to sculpture mainly medieval & 19th century. Really beautiful & sexy works of art. Don't miss great hall with big format paintings such as lady Godiva. Top floor some maestros such as Picasso & Greco. No café as such but sending machines with lovely visitors salon. A must for art lovers.
Written April 25, 2022
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Claire E
Harrogate, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
This was unexpected, there are many,many exhibits here.Egyptian,Greek,Roman etc. Our 8 year old was transfixed by the Mummy. Children are free.
Written August 18, 2011
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avisitor_12
Reading, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
The permanent collection contains many gems, in painting, archaeology and especially sculpture. 19th century French academic art is well represented; highlights of the museum include a Bourdelle bust, a huge painting of the Dream of Carpeaux, medieval sculpture gallery, local Roman finds and, in the crypt ( where else) a terrifying Egyptian mummy in her coffin, with enamel eyes and tiny bony hands, with a look so animate, so pitiful and so conscious that I nearly fled back out on to the street. Great .
Written September 17, 2013
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diana56
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands719 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
I always had the impression that dutch museum personel is amongst the most uninterested and rude museum workers in the world. No! This kind of behaviour is more widespread, except in german and british museums. Here I was sold two tickets and right after paying the attendant told me it would close for two hours in 20 minutes. ( by the way, you have to spend more than 10 euro's before you may use bankcard.) there was a video about the current expedition, making so much noise that one could hear it everywhere. Talking among each other. After their interminable lunch we returned. Because of work in the building you are shown but a part. ( was not informed about that) If that what is shown is the top of the bill it is a small collection of beautiful medieval statues and a big collection of mediocre landscapes. If the collection on show is not the best they have, why show this?
Written August 14, 2015
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Osman D
Canterbury, UK340 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
This is an impressive old building in the classical French tradition, built in the 1630s. For the last 50 years it has housed an art collection including some ancient Egyptian statues and a pleasing array of 19th century marble figures. The mediaeval section is well laid out but contains few memorable works: for these you have to visit the nearby Cathedral. There is currently a rather camped exhibition containing a range of tableaux of 'Journeys to Italy' on the first floor, but apart from that, the whole of the first floor is closed off for renovation, which is scheduled to take several years to complete. In consequence, the ground floor is is hung with rows of paintings (mostly second-rate 17th to mid-19th century), some of which are difficult to view, due to being ’skyed’.
The admission charge of 5,50 euros seems excessive in view of the closure of much of this building, which cannot therefore be appreciated at its best. The infrastructure is also rather poor: the toilet did not flush and the café offers only the most basic catering in the form of a coffee machine which dispenses various beverages at 0.50 cents. A few catalogues and postcards are available in the small shop opposite the ticket desk.
Written April 3, 2015
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Norman J
Woking, UK528 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The museum is very well laid out with an excellent range of exhibits, particularly the ancient items. It would have had 5 stars had there been description of the exhibits in English which was promised in the guide pamphlet but barely evident in the museum
Written December 21, 2022
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Rosario_it
Belgium1,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
The building is quite big but you can visit the museum in about one hour.
There are several things to see and the visit is interesting (there are also very nice paintings).
Written June 18, 2017
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Paul H
Bournemouth, UK1,651 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
This is a 450m walk from Place de l'Hôtel de ville (i.e. city hall). It is a impressive building from the outside for sure.

The main exhibition hall makes the biggest impact. The natural lighting from the roof spoils it somewhat, as it causes reflections on the paintings. As a result, the paintings are near impossible to photograph from floor level. Maybe Thursday evenings are a better time to visit.

There are a lot of exhibits, especially in the basement. You might miss this floor completely by accident, as it is not clearly signposted.
Written January 30, 2016
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AndHow
Sydney54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
It's relatively small but has some wonderful sculptures and historic pieces. When we visited part of it was closed for renovation but it was still worth the entry fee. This and the cathedral plus a leisurely lunch on the river is a good day in Amiens, which itself is a lovely city.
Written October 15, 2015
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David B
Edinburgh, UK69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
We must have called after most of the recent restoration work had been completed ... few pieces of work were absent and we definitely met the A team at the door - a polite, friendly lady who listened to my faltering French with grace, but also gave a polite and clear explanation in English of the layout of the Musee.

The basement focuses on the antiquities housed in Amiens from ancient Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, and from the Etruscan and Roman periods. Moving from these to pre-Roman displays from the Amiens area gives the impression that the ancient tribes of Gaul were primitive by comparison ... Stone tools are nonetheless beautifully displayed. Then the displays move on to give an idea of the Roman city that was built here . I must admit that I am suspicious of this neat picture, not least because there were some beautiful coins displayed from the period of Alexander the Great (died 323BCE) which were in use by gage Celts. How do we put this together with people working with stone?

On the ground floor we went back in time (probably because we went the wrong way!) through exhibitions of stone statues and sculptures, beginning with 19th century French works, dominated by mythical subjects and representations of people and patrons of art, to the Middle Ages and religious art. For me the sculpture and carvings of themes from the life of Christ in the 13th and 14th centuries were the highlight, with their more rough hewn and earthy presentations. A sadness that I felt was that so much of this art was once in local churches and is now decontextualised. Similarly, I noted that some impressive pieces were once in the cathedral ... 'Why for example did they not leave the central stone of the older labyrinth in situ when they upgraded it?'

In the central room of the ground floor, large and impressive paintings from the 17th-19th century were displayed. In the floor space of this room, and providing a jarring contrast with the realism of the older art was an exhibition of current work by the artist Daniel Buren. I must admit that the latter does not speak to me, but found the juxtaposition somewhat odd.

The upper floor is now open again after renovation. It has an Italian focus. You ascend a fantastic stairwell with walls adorned with impressive large scale work on different aspects of human experience ... rest, work, contemplation ... in a style that reminded me of pre-Raphaelite art.

Two hours sped by ... My only serious gripe would be that a little more help for Anglophone visitors would not go amiss. I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written August 27, 2015
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