22, rue Anatole France
Phone: +33 (0) 4 77 23 68 77
Fax: +33 (0) 4 77 23 68 78

Musée Des Beaux Arts Et De L’Archeologie Joseph Déchelette

Built at the end of the eighteenth century, the museum owes its name to Joseph Déchelette, great national figure of archaeology.

The building was given to the town of Roanne in 1892, and the museum was installed in 1923. It remains unique in that it houses both a large deposit of archaeological finds and a research library specialised in archaeology and art history.

Permanent Collection


Thanks to Joseph Déchelette, the museum’s collection illustrates Gallo-Roman life in Roanne. The collection also contains Egyptian objects.


The painting collection contains Flemish primitives, Italian painting up until the fauvist period, religious, historic, and landscape painting covering 5 centuries of French and European art.
The collection includes Raoul Dufy’s “Atelier a Vence@, Van Os’ “Nature Morte” and Jean Puy’s “la Lecture”.


The museum specialises in ceramic, and houses the area’s most substantial collection of fifteenth to nineteenth century ceramics, thanks to its active policy of acquisitions and temporary exhibitions.



Free to all public on Wednesday afternoons

Opening hours

Open every day except Tuesday and public holidays, from 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm.
Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays 2pm-6pm


The museum’s documentation center occupies the space of the library constituted by Joseph Déchelette, and which he bequeathed to the town of Roanne.

It contains an exceptional collection of works on archaeology and art history, rich of over 15000 books and 700 periodicals:

-european archaeology (prehistoric, protohistoric and roman)
-fine arts
-decorative arts
-local archaeology
-Joseph Déchelette archives

It is open to all public.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 2pm-6pm.
Saturday from 10am-6pm and by appointment

Closed from 15 July to 15 August except by appointment
Contact Micheline Peitot for information, +33 (0) 4 77 23 68 71

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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The museum offers a wide range of activities and educational workshops for several age groups. Please contact Marie Hélene Faisant on +33 (0) 4 77 23 68 77 or


Groups welcomed by appointment