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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공과장 (Manager Kong) (7 months ago)
I especially liked the main hall, because there were many huge paintings that I loved.
kevin mills (10 months ago)
This was a big dissapointment. I had read somewhere this was the best museum/gallery outside of Paris. However if you are English this isn't the case. There isn't a single piece of curation in english under any of the exhibits, you make get a board, with some English translation when you enter a room as an overview , but that's it, even the new exhibition on jules vernes 20000 leagues under the sea , had nothing and hence we walked straight through. The 2nd thing that was dissapointing was the overall quality of the art , I know that it is a very individual experience, but some of the art seemed as flat and lifeless as the 70s pictures you bought back from the Costa brava in the 70s. I have attached a few of the more acceptable photos. But all in all this was a very dissapoiting experience..if you are French or are fluent in French you will almost certainly get more from it. For me, it was just very poor.
Chad Farran (11 months ago)
Beautiful experience in my home region of France. Great Jules Vernes exhibit, a Picasso work, and just outstanding visit. Beautiful facility and has a permanent mummy in house.
Elena Petersone (14 months ago)
A very interesting museum with a large and varied archeology collection (ancient Egypt, Greece, Picardy - even prehistoric times), great works of medieval artists and craftsmen as well as beautiful paintings and sculptures from 17th to 20th centuries. Several works of art were absolutely mesmerizing (like "Lady Godiva" by J. Lefebvre and "The Voices of Alarm" by A. Maignan). The building itself is beautifully restored. I highly recommend this gorgeous museum to art and history lovers longing for an unhurried visit with no crowds.
Luke Kenyon (15 months ago)
This is an excellent museum over 3 floors displaying a wealth of history. The displays are well laid out and follow a logical pattern, and are well documented. They have some beautiful sculptures and works of art, which, if I had time, I could spend many hours looking at them. I am English and rely on Google Translate, which worked extremely well with the exception of a couple of small areas. I will definitely visit again if I pass through the area.
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