National Museum of the Renaissance

National Museum of the Renaissance

National Museum of the Renaissance
4.5
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
About
Réalisation architecturale majeure de la Renaissance française, le château d’Écouen a été édifié pour Anne de Montmorency, mécène et homme d’État des rois François Ier et de Henri II. Dans son décor d’origine , le château abrite les collections du musée national de la Renaissance, essentiellement d'arts décoratifs, qui incarnent toute la créativité et la diversité de la production artistique et intellectuelle de cette époque passionnante. Ce site remarquable allie la beauté du site, la qualité de l’architecture et la fécondité du dialogue entre un décor historique et des œuvres prestigieuses, laissant découvrir un lieu d’art et d’histoire fascinant.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bob R
Belgrade, Serbia613 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Visit was better than expected. From photos, prior to my visit, I got a feeling that there is no much to see. But there is. On 2 floors + ground floor. Ceramic and tapiseries were highlight for me. Entrance is 5€ and you can buy 5 postcards for 5€ (single one is 1.20€). Stuff is also very nice. It is exactly 20 minutes by train from Gare de Nord and then some 5 by bus 269.
Written August 12, 2023
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I was blown away by how interesting this museum was. In fact, I ran out of time as they stupidly close for a long lunch break. Perhaps it is because it does not get the number of visitors they deserve as this is a rather out-of-the-way destination even from Paris. The tapestry series of the Sotry of David and Bathsheba, the unusual School of Fontainebleau fireplaces, the works of Della Robbia, the tiles, the goldsmith and clock makers' works, the glass ware, the paintings by little known Flemish and French artists, the painting on leather...the castle and its parks would probably have been worth the detour anyway. A must see when you are next in Paris.
Written May 5, 2022
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brian d
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
Like most tourist attractions they are easily accessible to the locals --- but to overseas tourists -without a car - it's a VERY different story! Just ask my feet.
TripAdvisors continue to inform prospective visitors that from the ( tired little town ) of Ecouen - Ezanville they may enjoy a lovely walk through the forest to the Chateau. This means that they have never walked it. I did!
The 'lovely walk' commences with a quite steepish gradient, which connects to a path that gradually rises over the next almost 300 yards (or meters if you like.) It then turns to the right and becomes very steep on a washed away track up to a Chateau gate. This continues up to a road leading to the building that is also by no means flat. In fact almost every step of this stroll is up hill. This track is not for folks with 'walking difficulties!' Remember that Chateaus are built on hill-tops. On the return journey one must be very careful on the steepish section - one could really have a nasty fall. Take the 629 bus. I looked for a taxi - but never saw one.
The exterior of the chateau is no Vaux-le-Vicomte of Chambord. But it does contain the collected, beautiful, historical treasures from its own and other failed chateaus. Think of it in terms of: - if all Italy's, including Florence's, renaissance treasures were collected into one Palazzo; well this is France's. And knowing the French love of grandeur, you can imagine what it contains. And it does. Check it out on Google image.
However, most of the exhibits are not as spectacular as in Chateau Chantilly or Compiegne. Simply because they come from 2 - 300 years previous. But each is an irreplaceable object informing us of the life style and artistic endeavor of people very much like us.
Again, if you find stairs difficult - you will certainly 'be challenged' here. There are no lifts,
many long staircases and a couple of very tight spiral stairwells.
Drop into the Cafe. Order a glass of white wine. Mine was served in a large red wine glass - right to the brim. Good stuff.
Am I glad to have visited this Treasure House? You had better believe it!!!
Brian from Perth Australia.
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Written November 18, 2014
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g0ldengut
Burlington, MA273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Renaissance museum in a Renaissance chateau. One of the greatest places to visit in the Paris area that NOBODY seems to know about!! I have visited Ecouen's chateau many times and most often have found myself virtually alone in the museum. This is not because the collection is bad, but because it takes some effort to get there. The effort is worth it!! Moreover, if you arrive by train, you can walk to the chateau through a lovely forested park. Fantastic at all times of year. Highly highly recommended! The notion that there is no restaurant is totally false. It's right in the chateau.
Written July 20, 2016
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada8,102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Very old building but in amazingly good shape considering its age, the base building is dated 12th century. It is that old that they done even know who the architect was. The layout was copied form Château of Chambord but it is a much simpler structure. Still impressing with the use colossal order of classical columns and the tall roof with dormer windows, typical French Renaissance architecture. Again, not matching the great Chambord but still worth a visit, architecture wise. Art wise is a little better that Chambord and many others. It is the host of the Renaissance Museum and it is packed with fine art.
It does not fancy or big gardens, there are not even “gardens” they are mostly green landscaped areas. It has a big domain though and there are a lot of trails for hiking.
It is very close to Paris and even closer to Charles De Gaulle airport. Free parking 10 minutes walking from the castle.
Written May 15, 2019
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janpal
New York City, NY590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We couldn't believe how close this was to Paris. We took a train from Gare d' Nord. It was about 30 minutes on the SNCF to Ecuen-Ezanville (about 15 minutes back via an express train). Some tips. 1. The SNCF at gare nord is upstairs. You have to go into it then to get to INFO. DO NOT WAIT IN THE RER RATP office line downstairs for info. They'll just send you upstairs. 2. If you plan to spend the day maybe bring your lunch. You will get off and there may not be much open. We bought a Gyro sandwich with frites. If you go in late July and August this is especially true. 3. I highly recommend AN HOUR FROM PARIS by Annabel Simms. She gives fully detailed descriptions and directions for 20 trips. This was one of them.
You get off and after a short walk through town you enter a breathtaking forest filled with old growth trees. The view of the Chateau when you approach it this way is great. We had our lunch in the shade on one of many benches around the Chateau before going in. You approach it from the back. Expect to spend several hours inside. It's a museum with many lovely exhibits and even a treasure room with a vaulted door. There is also a cafe inside where we had a beer out on the terrace (you pay half a euro more) for a lovely view.
Don't expect Versailles here. The gardens aren't immaculate and the rooms are given over to artifacts , art and tapestries. All of which are stunning. We mostly had the place to ourselves. A few other people and some charming groups of schoolchildren. A great day.
Written July 28, 2018
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
I visit Paris regularly and friends often ask me about places to go off the beaten tourist track that are near the city. Myriad destinations appeal to me, but Ecouen is one of my favorites. It is easily and quickly reached by SNCF train (about 25 minutes from Gare du Nord). But few people seem to make the trip.

The walk from the train station to the chateau takes about 20 minutes and involves a lovely stroll (a slight incline in places) through a dense forest. The noise from planes making their appoach to CDG Airport, however, distracts a bit from the tranquil natural setting.

The rear of a beautiful French Renaissance chateau looms in a clearing at the top of a hill just beyond the forest. Built from 1538 onwards, the chateau provided lodging for Anne de Montmorency, High Constable of France and chief minister under both Francis I and Henri II.
After many owners, the chateau became the Musee national de la Renaissance in 1977 and displays Renaissance art that formerly was kept at the Musee de Cluny in Paris.

The massive, well-maintained building begs to be explored and further rewards with exhibition rooms on three floors. A small admission fee allows access, and a free Renaissance organ recital is held twice on Saturday afternoons in the chapel. The organist explains the instrument in French and plays selected pieces to show the organ's versatility. When I attended, only five others sat in the audience.

Restored in the 1970s, the chateau's decor includes elegant painted mantelpieces and painted and guilded paneling. An estimated 3,000 pieces on display include arms and armor; gold and silver work; wood sculpture; ceramics; Iznik pottery; furnished rooms, such as bedchambers and a great hall; and a library. One of the collection's masterpieces is a series of tapestries, woven in Brussels, that tell the story of David and Bathsheba.

The chateau grounds include a terrace that overlooks Ecouen and the countryside beyond. A small cafe in the chateau by the terrace offers food and drinks as well as inside and outside dining.

www.musee-renaissance.fr
Written May 3, 2012
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Flashby
Durango, CO1,372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
What a great day trip. Depart Gare du Nord towards luzarches at the Ezanville encoeun stop. Follow clear signage to either the bus or the nice jaunt thru the forest, a bit hilly for Houston flats girl. Entrance is up the stairs, from city side or thru the forest. Lovely building, lovely collection and great staff. Note, the museum is closed thru lunch. Turkish resto comes highly recommended with a great inexpensive meal, with outstanding service. Museum is a great extension of the Cluny in Paris and for those who want to get out of Paris for a bit of peace and quiet.
Written June 5, 2016
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Daniel D
Brussels, Belgium515 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
In the "Chateau d'Ecouen" is located the Musée national de la Renaissance in Ecouen, not far from Paris. It is a very big castle, and so is its content. It offers art from the 15th tot the 17th century with furnitures, walltapistry, ceramics, emails, glasswall etc... Be curageous to see it all, and if it happens that you're visiting around the noon-closing, you will be expulsed, or to the restaurant, or to outside. You can comeback afterwards to continue ! Stupid of course. So we choosed to have the daily dish and paid 58,60 euros, what is to high for what we've got. No coming back.
Written September 8, 2015
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Vincent75010
Paris, France225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
I have heard since long of this Museum / castle, but i did not had the opportunity to visit it. I did so in mid August
I have not been disappointed, either by the place, its surroundings, inside à large forest and overlooking a charming village.
The collections by themselves are fascinating and well displayed in rooms which give the atmosphere of living during the Renaissance. There are magnificent pieces in glassware, porcelain, copper works, but also a valuable painting collection and some costumes.
I imagine that it could be a good place to bring children.
Last and not least there is inside the castle a charming little restaurant where you can have a correct lunch served with a smile at a very reasonable price.
Written September 1, 2015
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