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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Cristian Sava (18 months ago)
Huge museum.....i really liked
Jian Liu (18 months ago)
Very interesting weapon collection.
Berta Hernández (18 months ago)
#Liège #Museum #GrandCurtius Very complete museum where you can see from Paleolithic archeological remains to a very complete collection of weaponry, and other historical artpieces linked to Liège and surrounds. The visit takes around 2 hours
Albert Argilaga Claramunt (19 months ago)
Very good museum, the weapons is the part I liked the most, but the prehistory is also very good. Also not very crowded, it makes the visit much more enjoyable. There are locks in the entrance to keep your jacket, you need a 50 cent coin to use them.
Jim Bowley (2 years ago)
It’s an interesting collection, worth visiting if you have time but perhaps not as satisfying as guide books and conventional wisdom seem to suggest. There’s a lot of stuff in here — some (like the Art Deco collection) great others more specialized (the extensive gun collection). The staff were extremely helpful but think about whether the hour is worth it versus other things you can do during your visit.
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