Musée d'Arts de Nantes
Musée d'Arts de Nantes
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Perugino, Watteau, Delacroix, Soulages, Bill Viola to name but a few. The Musee d'arts de Nantes has works on display by many internationally renowned artists and every artistic period is represented by magnificent artworks. Premodern art includes « The Dream of St Joseph » by Georges de La Tour and « Diana the Huntress » by Orazio Gentileschi. The 19th, century collection features the extraordinary « Portrait of Madame de Senonnes » by Ingres and « The Wheat Sifters » by Courbet. The Modern art collection includes « Black Grid » by Kandinsky and « Water Lilies » at Giverny by Monet, and contemporary art is represented by « La Belle Mauve » by Martial Raysse and « Flea Market Lady » by Duane Hanson, among others.
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Donna W
Manchester, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
2 hours of escape from reality.

Over 20 rooms of art including Kandinsky Picasso and Monet.

Very chilled and relaxed. Thoroughly enjoyed this as uncultured as I am.
Written 27 April 2024
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fartoomanyusers
London, UK438 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The building really is stunning - it's so easy to make a mess of a new extension on an old building, but they've done it brilliantly.
From the grand steps leading up to the main gallery of the old building ... and what looks like a a great central atrium called the "Patio" (which is unfortunately currently closed) ... to the brushed concrete and polished steel of the wonderful new "Cube" building ... it really has everything.
Even the basement (where the plentiful 1 euro coin lockers are located - use them as the staff will very reasonably stop you walking around with bags on your back) looks stunning with its open brickwork and modern staircase.
It may take you a while to figure out the gallery layout as you try and orientate yourself (especially if the Patio is still closed when you visit) - but look for the room number that you're in and locate yourself on the map ... and you'll soon figure it out!

The trouble is that art collection just doesn’t match up to the brilliant building.
Firstly there are no real blockbuster items. And the handful of items from big names (Renoir, Signac etc) are clearly not their best work. That leaves most of the walls with items from less well known artists (that you may never have heard of) and plenty of items aren't even named (never a good sign).

As well as a provincial collection, the manager during my visit on Sunday was also very provincial - he took great delight in telling me that I was allowed to carry my water bottle, but I wasn’t allowed to drink any of it. I feel sorry for the staff who have to work for such a petty, self important man.

The gallery is free on certain days (including on my visit) - so go and experience this wonderful building ... just don't expect to see great art.
Written 18 September 2023
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GranZorro
Zug, Switzerland1,571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Next to its extensive and valuable permanent collection, we were lucky to be able to see the temporary surrealism show, which is of high quality.
Despite all their problems, French cities and regions maintain and expand their cultural heritage in a remarkable way.
Written 14 September 2023
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LuanaRubin
Boulder, CO572 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Definitely worth a visit if you love art museums. Contemporary and historic artworks. I really enjoyed the galleries in the back with historic oil paintings, including some monumental works. Near the Jardin des Plantes and the train station, short walk from the Chateau.
Written 7 May 2023
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Emily
Chesterfield, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I came by chance and was happily surprised by the museum - it is huge and has so many amazing pieces of art, by well known artists. The building is clean and efficient, and has a lovely cafe and gift shop!
Written 5 December 2022
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Vijgeblad
Epinay-sur-Orge, France369 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Fort the umpteenth time, I wish there were an option between "very good" and "average". The museum has a feel of being made for art historians and the public is an afterthought. I really don't need an art historian tell me I am looking at the backside of a young lady in a pink dress. I do want to know why I am looking at her backside, how the artist fits into history, who influenced her and perhaps what the public at the time thought of the unusual pose of the model. It is fine to have art from medieval to modern times, but there is a story to tell, from religious art to photography. I enjoyed the creativity of the special exhibition "the soul of the wood", that used fine examples from all periods with the same theme as well as the playful ostrich with its head in the museum floor.

Strong points of the museum are its interest for and strong collection of artists of the Nantes area, its multilingual descriptions, the elevator and the good coffee in the coffee shop (it has a collection of board games for bored, young visitors. Now that's practical thinking.
Written 20 August 2022
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Mellski
Sheffield, UK162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Wow! We were totally blown away by the Musee dArts, but felt as though multiple visits would be the only way to do it justice!
Angela Bulloch's 'Paradigme Perpendiculaire' blew my tiny mind! I came away feeling as though I'd not done the gallery justice, as it is truly massive, impressive (if somewhat overwhelming)!
Written 13 August 2022
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FRPFirenze
Florence, Italy178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
If are Monet addicted, here it is possible to see two af his paintings.
Gondola in Venice 1908 and Nympheas. They are worth a visit.
And Chagall, Picasso, Kandinsky.Suggested!!
Written 12 July 2022
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Technobot
London, UK145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
A great visit for art lovers, with a collection that spans from the 14th to 21 centuries. I particularly liked the new building which wraps around from the street. On the down side, the café is a bit expensive.
Written 18 February 2022
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Thank you for your precious feedback. See you soon at the museum!
Written 12 May 2022
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Aragorn65
Wakefield, UK1,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
This museum is closed on Tuesdays. Entry fee is €8 per person. You can download an app “Ma visite” which provides a tour for you. There is a bookshop and Museum Café which was closed during my visit in July.
There is a big collection of modern art (not really my cup of tea). I will mention just a few famous artists: Claude Monet, Vassily Kandinsky, James Tissot, Gustave Courbet, Peter Paul Rubens. But it is worth it to visit.
Written 7 July 2020
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