Saint Loup Museum (Fine Arts, Archaeology, natural History)

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Saint Loup (383-478), a bishop of Troyes, saved the city in 451 from pillaging by the hordes ofAttila, who was the monarch of the Huns. The former abbey built in the bishop’s honour wasdestroyed around 887 by the invading Normans. It was rebuilt on its present site in the 17th and 18th c. and then enlarged in the 19th and 20th c.

 

The Saint-Loup Museum is an encyclopaedic museum that houses a wide variety of collections, such as fine arts (painting, sculpture and furniture), archaeology and natural history.

 

Masterpieces of French painting from the 14th to the 19th c. (Champaigne, Létin, École de Barbizon, Tassel, Mignard, Natoire, Watteau and Greuze) can be seen alongside paintings by european artists such as Spranger, Vasari, Rubens and Bellotto.

 

Sculpture

Beaux Arts

In sculpture, the medieval period is represented by rare pieces from the cathedral as well as the churches of Troyes and its area.

From the 17th to the 19th c., the great masters of Troyes are represented: Girardon, a sculptor of Louis XIV, whose Bust of the Sun King is on display, and Dubois and Simart, whose studio works is held by the Museum.

Three bronze sculptures, copies of the Museum’s originals, can be admired at the nearby place Saint-Nizier.

 

Archaelology

In archaeology, antiquities from ancient Greece and Egypt rub shoulders with regional pieces,such as the Pouan Treasure, a prestigious  ensemble of arms and jewels in gold or garnet from the era of the Invasions, Vaupoisson Apollo (one of the most beautiful Gallo-Roman bronzes discovered in France), and the monetary treasure of the Gallo-Roman villa of Chaillouet, among others.

 

Natural History

Beaux Arts

 

 

The Museum of Natural History has on display fossils, a rich collection of meteorites and naturalized animals in dioramas of their natural environment, which are highly appreciated by young visitors.

 

 

Opening hours :

From 2nd May to 30th September : 

Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 19.00, Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00.
Except certain public holidays 

 

From 1st October to 30th April :
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.00, Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 18.00.
Except certain public holidays 

Admission Fees :

4.00€ / Free for people under 18 and students under 25 (with supporting evidence). Free the first Sunday of the month (except during the temporary exhibitions).

 

Contact : 

Abbaye Saint Loup (17th - 18th C)
Rue Chrestien de Troyes - 10000 TROYES - (entrance by the gardens of the museum)
Tel.+33 (0)3 25 76 21 68 - E-mail : musart@ville-troyes.fr

To know more about it :
http://www.ville-troyes.fr