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Arts & Museums
With a remarkable collection of paintings by French, Flemish, Dutch and Italian masters, from the 13th century to the present day, this museum is one of 15 fine arts museums established in the provinces in 1801. The museum offers a comprehensive range of Western art: from the Middle Ages (one of the largest collections in France) to nineteenth-century styles, modern art, Impressionism, 60s-70s avant-garde and art of the present day. Temporary exhibitions take place on the patio. There's a tea room and bookshop. The admission rates of the museum vary for locals and foreigners, so do see the website to plan your visit.
The Château des Ducs de Bretagne, built in the 15th century on the banks of the Loire, was the residence of Anne de Bretagne and several Kings of France. Today the castle houses important temporary exhibitions, highlighting the city's past and the region's history. Since the 1920s, popular art has also featured. The castle's imposing architecture, inner courtyard and ramparts make it a splendid setting. There's a shop and bookshop. The museum has different group rates for non-locals, so do see the website in order to plan your visit.
Situated halfway between Cours des 50-Otages and the antique shops in Place Viarme, this art gallery's distinctive large windows make it easy to spot. Its bright, spacious interior and warm parquet flooring provides a pleasant setting for the watercolours, oil paintings, sculpture and lithographs exhibited here. All kinds of support and technique are included in the gallery's choice of works, which varies from classical art to more contemporary pieces. Why not pop by and take a look? Though open from Wednesdays through Saturdays, Tuesdays are available by appointment only. Admission: free
The whole history of La Poste (the French Post Office) is related from yesterday to today. Many models, costumes and various other exhibits such as telephone and telegraph displays, letters, parcels, mail boxes, are presented and bear witness to the time when the Postal Service was in its infancy. The stamp lovers will be in seventh heaven since naturally an important space is dedicated to philately. Guided tours are organized for groups. Visits last about one hour.
Espace Cosmopolis is an upscale gallery where artists showcase their work. Here you will find art from various genres such as painting, photography and others. Besides showcasing artwork this modern and spacious gallery is also rented for several events. Equipped with modern facilities, it is perfect for music concerts. They have one of the best sound and visual devices. Ideal for a large crowd, come here and get the best of both the art and the entertainment world. Call ahead for hours.
Since its creation in 1986, this successful museum has been welcoming almost 12,000 visitors a year. In the face of new technologies, printing presses are preserved here and the history of the industry - from its invention in Gutenberg to the 15th century - is explained. One room displays a varied collection of machines and books, whilst professionals demonstrate techniques in a workshop that's open to the public. A guided tour offers insight into methods and skills such as lithography and the letterpress.
This is undoubtedly one of the largest Natural History museums in France (350,000 artefacts and specimens, yet only one tenth are on public display). Established 200 years ago, the galleries are organized by theme (ethnography, fish, prehistory, vivarium, etc.) Don't miss the impressive 20-metre-long whale skeleton! Lectures are regularly given on botany, ornithology, entomology, Earth sciences and many other subjects. The museum also has a bookshop and a tea room.
Built in the 19th century by the famous Nantes-born collector Thomas Dobrée, this museum has a wonderful collection, which is housed in three different buildings. The neo-Roman Palais Dobrée features ancient manuscripts, etchings (by artists such as Rembrandt and Jacques Callot), alabasters, ceramics, gold-work and a selection of arms and armor from the time of the late eighteenth-century Vendée uprisings. The reliquary containing the heart of Anne de Bretagne as well as that of Calminius (a fine example of thirteeth-century enamelwork) are the main medieval masterpieces on display. The archaeological museum, otherwise known as the Nouveau Musée, retraces the history of the Loire area from prehistoric times to the present day, using material discovered during excavations. Mediterranean antiques from Egypt, Greece and Etruria are on permanent display, while temporary exhibitions are held in the fifteenth-century Manoir de la Touche. For more information please see the website.
The city of his birth celebrates the life and imaginary world of writer Jules Verne, in a richly furnished nineteenth-century house. The museum contains sketches, memorabilia, everyday objects like letters and photos, and original editions of his novels. The museum is divided into eight rooms, each having a unique theme designated to a specific phase of Jules Verne's creative journey. The group rates mentioned are for the locals; for non-locals, the museum charges different rates. So, do see the website in order to plan your visit.
The Manoir de la Hautière is a magnificent manor dating from the 14th century. Today it houses the Musée du Compagnonnage («The Journeymen Museum») which relates the history of companionship. It exhibits masterpieces crafted by the journeymen and shows their know-how. The exhibits are presented in various rooms according to the corporate bodies. The manor house is also the place where young journeymen are accommodated when touring France in order to refine their artwork (goldsmith's art, cabinetmaking).