Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Musée des beaux-arts de Tours
Garden at Musee des Beaux Arts in Tours, France.jpg
The Musée des beaux-arts de Tours
Established 4 March 1795
Location 18, Place Francis Sicard, 37000 Tours
Coordinates 47°23′43″N 0°41′42″E / 47.3952°N 0.6949°E / 47.3952; 0.6949
Type Art museum
Website Official site

The Musée des beaux-arts de Tours (English: Museum of Fine Arts of Tours) is located in the bishop's former palace,[1] near the cathedral St. Gatien, where it has been since 1910.[2] It displays rich and varied collections, including that of painting which is one of the first in France both in quality and the diversity of the works presented.


In the courtyard, there is a magnificent cedar of Lebanon[3] and a stuffed elephant in a building in front of the museum. This elephant was killed because of a bout of madness during a circus parade by the "Barnum & Bailey" circus in the streets of Tours on 10 June 1902.

The museum has over 12,000 works of which 1,000 are on show to the public.[4] On the ground floor, the museum has a room especially dedicated to Tours art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.[5]

The museum was classified as a monument historique on 27 June 1983.[6]


The museum has a large and fairly homogeneous collection of paintings, which includes several masterpieces such as two paintings by Andrea Mantegna, from the predella of the San Zeno Altarpiece:



  1. ^ "Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours" (in French). Musées des la Région Centre. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Visite du musée des beaux-arts de Tours" (in French). France 3. January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours" (in French). Webmuseo. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Bordier, Dominique (15 December 2010). "Dans les réserves du musée des Beaux-arts de Tours". La Nouvelle République (in French). Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Rykner, Didier (19 January 2010). "Acquisition et accrochage: actualité du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours" (in French). La Tribune de l'Art. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Notice no PA00098132" (in French). Base Mérimée. Retrieved 13 January 2011.