Musée De Picardie

Amiens, France

The Musée de Picardie is the main museum of Amiens and Picardy, in France. Its collections include artifacts ranging from prehistory to the 19th century, and form one of the largest regional museums in France.

As an institution, the museum was founded as the Musée Napoléon in 1802 (the year of the Treaty of Amiens). However, the current building that houses the museum is more recent, being purpose-built as a regional museum between 1855 and 1867. The Second Empire style building was designed by architects Henri Parent and Arthur-Stanislas Diet. It was built thanks to the Société des Antiquaires de Picardie, keen to give the city somewhere to house the collections the society had gathered over decades. A prototype for other French regional museums, it was France's first building constructed exclusively for the purpose of conservation and exhibition of artworks.

Housed in the basement, archaeological collections include artifacts ancient Greece and Egypt. The medieval exhibition contains items form the 12th to 16th centuries, with the main pieces being the Puys d'Amiens, masterpieces of Gothic art from Amiens Cathedral. French and foreign painters from 17th to 20th centuries are also represented.

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Founded: 1855
Category: Museums in France

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Bastet BKG (11 months ago)
Fist of all, beautifull architecture of the building, inside the building, interior design the entrance garden! The expositions are nicely described, and there is a lot of space in the rooms to see them, and to reflect. They have kids corner, lock rooms and easy access with lifts for everyone. I liked a lot the contrast between colourful geometric entrance and the traditional elegant style of the museum.
Mr Anderson emre (11 months ago)
I came today and loved the museum. The staff at the museum were very lovely people. Maëlle is someone who really should be in every museum.??
jaqsbcn (13 months ago)
It's a regional museum, but really big and crowded. After the cathedral is the most interesting in the city
Justo Gonzalez (15 months ago)
Fantastic collection of art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. I like much better paintings before the XX century.. it's all craft, beauty, and eternal references.. after the two world wars the modern and abstract art seems more like something coming out of a nightmare .. with the exception of Daly, which is something coming from a dream, and street art like Bansky which is somehow the Earl of the pre-XXth century art and ended up on the streets ironically
Harm van der Laan (17 months ago)
Beautifully renovated museum with a big and very varied collection with some absolute treasures. Well worth a visit!
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