Musée Jean Lurcát

Angers, France

The Gothic masterpiece was founded in 1175 by Henry II of England and it functioned as a hospital until 1875. A reconstruction of the dispensary occupies one corner of the Salle des Malades, and a chapel and 12th century cloisters can be reached through a door at the end of the gallery. 

Today the building houses the works of the 20th century artist Jean Lurcát and many of his vivid tapestries.

References:
  • Eyewitness Travel Guide: Loire Valley. 2007

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Founded: 1175
Category: Museums in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Maryam Rachidi Alaoui (2 months ago)
The apocalypse looks like fun.
Helen Byrne (8 months ago)
Brilliant really enjoyed my visit
¡ máirtín ! (8 months ago)
I have visited this museum more than 10 times. I try to see these tapestries on the same day that I see the Apocalypse Tapestries in the Chateau d'Angers. I always ask what the photography policy is. I was pleasantly surprised to be told that there are no restrictions other than on the use of flash.
Raphaël Pro (12 months ago)
Amazing tapestries. You need to visit the other apocalypse museum in the castle to understand everything.
廖文翡 (2 years ago)
There are amazing modern tapestries in the museum. The staff was friendly. Very worth visiting.
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