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139 Museums to explore in France


France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with a total of 12 time zones. France has long been a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.

Château des ducs de Bretagne
Château des ducs de Bretagne4 Place Marc Elder, 44000 Nantes, France

The Château des ducs de Bretagne is a large castle that was the residence of the Dukes of Brittany between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. The castle now contains the new Museum of Nantes History, located in 32 of the rooms of the palace. More than 850 items from the collections are exhibited here with the help of multimedia systems.

Château du Clos Lucé
Château du Clos Lucé2 Rue du Clos Lucé, 37400 Amboise, France

A beautiful castle which was Leonardo da Vinci's last residence. The site of the manor house dates back to the 12th century when it was surrounded by fortifications of which only the watchtower remains. The house as it is today, a good example of Renaissance art using both brick and the local tufa stone. Today it is a historical monument and is also a well-known museum about Leonardo da Vinci's life, work and memory.

Château Royal de Blois
Château Royal de Blois6 Place du Château, 41000 Blois, France

The Château de Blois is one of the rare monuments offering visitors a comprehensive view of French architecture from the Middle Ages through the classical epoch. It has been listed since 1945 as a historic monument. The medieval castle became a royal residence and the political capital of the kingdom under Louis XII. This place has so many histories to say. The chateau is now used as a public museum that has a lot of collections that pave light to ancient history.

Châteaudun Château Park & Gardens
Châteaudun Château Park & GardensPlace Jehan de Dunois, 28200 Châteaudun, France

A majestic castle and garden which was located in the town of Châteaudun which was built in the 12th century. The castle is renowned for its Gallery of portraits decorated in the 17th century with 327 portraits of famous people. One of the architectural wonders which were built on the edge of the Russy Forest.

Citadel of Saint-Tropez Maritime History Museum
Citadel of Saint-Tropez Maritime History Museum1 Montée de la Citadelle, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France

The Citadel of Saint-Tropez is a historic building containing one of the most visited attractions in Saint Tropez, as well as the Maritime History Museum. The museum displays the work, artifacts, and other objects related to the lives of sailors as well as the sea activities that took place many centuries ago. The Citadel was constructed based on the drawings of engineer Raymond de Bonnefons in 1602 and 1608.

Citadelle de Besançon
Citadelle de Besançon25000 Besançon, France

One of Vauban’s masterpieces registered as a UNESCO world heritage site, remarkable example of the 17th century military architecture covering nearly 12 hectares, the Citadel of Besançon is considered one of the most beautiful fortress in France. As it surely rose to be the first unique, cultural and touristic site in the central-eastern part of France, the Citadel houses no less than three museums certified “Musées de France” nowadays: the Museum of Resistance and Deportation, the Museum of Fra

Cité de l'Automobile
Cité de l'Automobile17 Rue de la Mertzau, 68100 Mulhouse, France

La Cité de l'Automobile - National Museum - Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse, Alsace, houses the largest collection of cars in the world. More than 500 vehicles including the famous Schlumpf collection of the Schlumpf brothers. 560 automobiles from 98 different brands, pioneers in the history of the automobile, built between 1878 and 1918, of which 430 classified as historical monuments. One of the nice location which attracts you to the magical world of cars.

Cité du Train
Cité du Train2 Rue Alfred de Glehn, 68200 Mulhouse, France

The Cité du Train - Patrimoine SNCF (formerly the French Railway Museum ), in Mulhouse , is the largest railway museum in Europe. It tells the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society and it is home of the national collection of historically significant railway vehicles, as well as a collection of other artefacts and both written and pictorial records.

Cité du Vin
Cité du Vin134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux, France

La Cité du Vin is an exhibition space on the theme of wine located in Bordeaux. It conducts exhibitions, shows, movie projections and academic seminars on the theme of wine.

City of Lace and Fashion
City of Lace and Fashion135 Quai du Commerce, 62100 Calais, France

The City of Lace and Fashion is a beautiful museum which was located at Pas de Calais in northern France which was a museum for lace. It is one of the two museums in France which celebrates machine lace making. It is also an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages
Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages28 Rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France

A huge museum which was built in the middle ages in Paris at 6 Place Paul-Painlevé. It was formerly the townhouse of the abbots of Cluny, started in 1334. The structure was rebuilt by Jacques d'Amboise, abbot in commendam of Cluny 1485-1510; it combines Gothic and Renaissance elements. In 1843 it was made into a public museum. The museum itself actually consists of two buildings: the frigidarium, where the remains of the Thermes de Cluny are, and the Hôtel de Cluny itself, which houses its impr

Confluence Museum
Confluence Museum86 Quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon, France

The Musée des Confluences is a museum of natural history, anthropology, societies and civilizations located in Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Heir to the Guimet Natural History Museum in Lyon, it is housed in a deconstructivist style building of the Coop Himmelb au de 2014 architecture firm, in the La Confluence district, on the southern tip of the Peninsula of Lyon, at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône.

Dalí Paris
Dalí Paris11 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris, France

Dalí Paris presents more than 300 works of a very rich collection acquired from Salvador Dali or great collectors. It has the largest private collection of Salvador Dali art in the heart of Paris. The collection features mainly three-dimensional sculptures of Dalí's best known surrealistic paintings. . His sculptures are one of the major aspects of his life work, materializing in three dimensions his surrealistic obsessional motifs: soft watches, spindly legs animals, open or closed drawers.

Écomusée d'Alsace
Écomusée d'AlsaceChemin du Grosswald, 68190 Ungersheim, France

The Ecomusée d ' Alsace in Ungersheim, in the Haut-Rhin, is an open-air museum where authentic Alsatian constructions have been transferred and reassembled, forming like a living village: half-timbered houses, workers' houses, shop, town hall , fortified tower, festival hall, farm, school, washhouse, gardens, fields. The museum's mission is to present the buildings and the ways and customs of yesteryear and to ensure the transmission of living heritage.

Ecomuseum of Martinique

The Martinique ecomuseum was created in the year 1993 located in Pointe Figuier towards the hamlet of Poirier, on the edge of Anse Figuier beach , in the town of Rivière-Pilote in Martinique. this ecomuseum traces the history of Martinique through objects, reconstructions, and models. The collections evoke the history of the island from Amerindian prehistory to the beginning of the colonial era, through the period of slavery to the economy of the plantation.

Fesch Museum
Fesch Museum50-52 Rue Cardinal Fesch, 20000 Ajaccio, France

The Fesch museum is located in Ajaccio, the birthplace of its founder, the cardinal Joseph Fesch, it is housed in the 19th-century Palais Fesch on Rue Cardinal Fesch. It has the largest collections of Italian paintings, with three departments being particularly well represented: the Italian Primitives, Roman Baroque painting, and Neapolitan Baroque painting.

Forteresse Royale de Chinon
Forteresse Royale de Chinon2 Rue du Château, 37500 Chinon, France

A majestic royal fortress which was Overlooking the River Vienne which was built by the Count of Blois. Used as a residence by Charles VII in the 15th century and also served as a prison in the 16th century. This beautiful building also has a museum that gives light to the history of this castle. This building is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

FRAC Centre
FRAC Centre88 Rue du Colombier, 45000 Orléans, France

A beautiful contemporary art museum which was located in the Centre-Val de Loire region in France. Its collection includes come 13,000 works, 700 architectural models, and more than 12,000 drawings. It also features contemporary Japanese architects and illustrates the impact of digital technologies on architecture. One of the nice location where you can study modern and ancient architecture.

Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière17 Rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon, France

A museum of Gallo-Roman civilization in Lyon. Previously presented at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and the Antiquarium, the municipal Gallo-Roman collection was transferred to a new building designed by Bernard Zehrfuss and opened in 1975 near the city's Roman theatre and odeon, on a hill known as Fourvière, located in the heart of the Roman city.

Greek Villa Kerylos
Greek Villa KerylosImpasse Gustave Eiffel, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France

Villa Kerylos is a house designed in Ancient Greek style by the French archaeologist Theodore Reinach in the early 1900s. It has been listed as a historic monument since 1966.

Map of Museums to explore in France