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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Amine Alam (12 months ago)
Very nice museum. You will find wonderful paintings from the 16th to the 20th century, a lot of sculptures. A must visit when you go to Amiens!
Mike de montblanc (14 months ago)
what a gem of a museum!! excellent exhibition, marvelously restored building and a very reasonable entrance fee! A must do!
Martin (15 months ago)
Great museum Art for every taste Fantastic sculpture gallery Ignore all the low ratings - they are almost all "it was closed"! Why would anybody give a review to a gallery they haven't been in? You would complain more of it was poorly maintained The information is all in French, but if that's a problem for travellers to France, then download Google Lens which will give you instant translations
Bart van Herk (18 months ago)
unexpectedly excellent museum with an impressive archaeological collection. sculpture and paintings are nice too. 19th and early 20th century represented mainly, a lot of bearded men and a lot of very dramatic paintings in which seminude old men (and much younger seminude women) are put to the sword. Some very good pieces, also from older epochs. definitely worth a visit, I could spend another afternoon there.
Bastet BKG (23 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.
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