5 Place de Lavalette
Phone: +33 (0) 4 76 63 44 44

Musée De Grenoble

The museum of Grenoble's history is exceptional, from its foundation by Louis-Joseph Jay 200 years ago, to the inauguration of its new building in 1994.
The museum’s collection began to be constituted at the end of the 18th century and developed greatly after 1919, thanks to the then director Andry-Farcy, who took the collection in a more modern direction. It was at this time that the museum acquired pieces by Picasso and Zadkine. Later, with the Agutte-Sembat bequest, works by Matisse, Rouault, Derain, Van Dongen, Marquet and Vlaminck were added to the collection. The museum is thus the first, and oldest of France’s modern art museums.
The museum of Grenoble conserves a unique ensemble of work spanning the period of history form the end of the middle ages to the present, including an important Egyptian art section.
The museum’s sculpture garden presents 15 important pieces, including Gottfried Honegger’s Monoforme 26 and Zadkine’s Orphée.

Permanent Collection

The collection is presented chronologically, in two dominant sections. The first is consecrated to art from the 13th to the late 19th centuries, and the second to the 20th century and the most recent artistic developments.
The collection includes pieces by Rubens, Georges de la Tour, rare paintings by Canaletto and Guardi, Ingres, Gauguin, Fantin-Latour, the Agutte-Sembat bequest including pieces by Matisse and Picasso, acquisitions of Léger, Bonnard and Soutine, and several examples of new realism, pop art, minimalism and support-surface.
The final rooms in the museum are consecrated to contemporary art and temporary exhibitions.


10 March – 28 May 2007
Juan Munoz, Sculptures et dessins
An exhibition of scultptures and drawings by the Spanish artist, shown here for the first time in France since his death in 2001. 10 sculptures and over 80 drawings demonstrate the artist’s distinct fusion of modern form and narrative, and ancient artistic vocabulary which references Velasquez and Goya to name a few. The exhibition follows Munoz’s evolution from allusive form to an increasingly subtle, realist treatment of form.
7 July – 16 September 2007
De leur temps (2), art contemporain et collection privées en France
An exhibition of contemporary, predominantly French art acquired from the collections of over 60 private collectors, presented in partnership with the ADIAF (l’Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Francais). Painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation are presented, shedding light on the very personal relationships between artist and collector.


Entry to collections and temporary exhibitions:
5€ full price
3€ concessions
2€ students
Free to under 18s and all public on the first Sunday of each month

Opening hours

Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10am to 6.30pm. Closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December


The museum houses an onsite cafe-restaurant (, a bookshop and an auditorium. Several rooms are also reserved for public education activities and workshops.
An onsite specialised library houses over 35,000 exhibition catalogues, 15,000 thematic and monographic publications, a wide selection of periodicals, and several videos and CD-Roms.
The library is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 6pm
The library director can be contacted at

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News and events

Musée en Musique can be contacted on +33 (0) 76 87 77 31


A rich program of educational tours and workshops is available for different age groups. Please see website or contact +33 (0) 4 76 63 44 46 for more information.


Tours available for groups of up to 20 people.
€91.50 for Isere residents, €122 for outside visitors


Guided tours available without reservation every Sunday at 3pm, 3€ in addition to museum entry ticket


Les amis du musée de Grenoble can be contacted on +33 (0) 76 63 44 29,,