Curtius Museum

Liège, Belgium

The Curtius Museum (Musée Curtius) is a museum of archaeology and decorative arts, located on the bank of the Meuse River in Liège. It was built sometime between 1597 and 1610 as a private mansion for Jean Curtius, industrialist and munitions supplier to the Spanish army. With its alternating layers of red brick and natural stone, and its cross-mullioned windows, the building typifies the regional style known as the Mosan (or Meuse) Renaissance.

After a 50 million euro redevelopment, the museum reopened as the Grand Curtius in 2009, now housing the merged collections of four former museums: the museum of archeology, the museum of weaponry, the museum of decorative arts, and the museum of religious art and Mosan art. Highlights in the collections include treasures of Mosan art such as a twelfth-century gilded reliquary tryptich, formerly in the church of Sainte-Croix, the Evangelarium of Notger, sculptures by Jean Del Cour, and a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte painted by Ingres in 1804: Bonaparte, First Consul.

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Founded: 1597-1610
Category: Museums in Belgium

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Laurent Derijck (6 months ago)
The main building itself is the top art piece! With all these red cheeked faces :) The collections inside are various and large, like the glass collection! The presentation is a bit systematic and the whole museum is a bit too much to digest. The cafeteria offers nice beers and have a nice terrace on the yard towards the Meuse river.
Traffic Tse (6 months ago)
A lot to see but it is closed today
Mario Scalini (12 months ago)
Very interesting and well displayed artifacts Labour local mistery.
Raihan Purboyo (13 months ago)
The ambience of the museum is cozy and calm. The addition of a cafe/bistro that serves good drinks and delicious comfort food was a perfect integral for things to do in the museum. The staff was very friendly and more than happy to help. Was dissatisfied to visit there while a lot of exhibits were still in renovation. I really wished I saw the Belgian M27 Chauchat and WW2 weapons in the Musée d'Armes. But the exhibits are well organized, despite many are still in storage. The gardens are beautiful and there are chess tables that makes this museum more interactive. This museum is very underrated. This is a must visit place in Liége, Belgium.
Bartek Narożny (2 years ago)
Absolutely worth a visit. A lot to see, so save at least 3 hrs. Probably not suitable for children under 10.
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