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Musée Des Beaux-Arts De Caen

Le musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen presents a vast panorama of European painting from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. Its collection is one of the richest examples of sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian, French, Flemish and Dutch art to be found in a provincial museum, conserving pieces by Cosme Tura, Le Pérugin, Véronèse, Le Tintoret, Le Guerchin, Giordano, Poussin, Champaigne, Rubens and Ruysdael.

The eighteenth century is represented by portraits and landscapes by French and Italian artists including Rigaud, Tournières, Boucher, Lancret, and Tiepolo, while the nineteenth century collection consists of romantic and realist paintings. Normandy, as a source of inspiration, is highly present in the works of Monet, Boudin and Lebourg.

The museum’s twentieth century collection begins with French cubism, while the contemporary collection revolves around central themes such as allegory, space, and light, with works by Balthus, Joan Mitchell, Vieira da Silva, Rebeyrolle, Debré, Pincemin, Sicilia, Neumann, Barcelo and Bioulès.

The print room contains of the richest collection in Europe, in the form of the Fonds Mancel, which brings together over 50,000 prints presented in temporary exhibitions, including work by Callot, Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepolo and Piranèse.

The collection is presented over 6000 square meters, in a public space which was entirely renovated in 1994. The museum was awarded le Grand Prix National des Musées by the ministry of culture in 1995.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

The collection is composed of:

Fifteenth to Sixteenth century Italian (Cosme Tura, Barnaba da Modena)

Fifteen to Sixteenth century Flemish (Rogier van der Weyden, Pieter Brueghel)

Sixteenth century Italian (Paris Bordone, Lambert Sustris)

Seventeenth century Italian (Jacopo Chimenti, Bernardo Strozzi)

Seventeenth century French (Claude Vignon, Nicolas Poussin)

Seventeenth century Flemish (Frans Snyders, Abraham Govaerts)

Seventeenth century Dutch (Harmen van Steenwyck, Thomas Wyck)

Eighteenth century French (Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Hyacinthe Rigaud)

Nineteenth century (Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet)

Twentieth century (Albert Gleizes, Jean Dubuffet)


The museum presents around 7 temporary exhibitions each year, ranging from ancient art to contemporary creations, as well as numerous public education programs.

Please see for details.


Access to the permanent collection is free.

Temporary exhibitions €5 / €3 concessions

Free for under 18s, schools, and all public on the first Sunday of each month.

Guided tours €3 per person

Opening hours

Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm, closed on Tuesdays and public holidays.


The museum houses a library, a bookshop and gift shop, as well as a restaurant, the Café Mancel.


Please see for details of the museum’s educative programs, or contact Ghislaine Lenogue at +33 2 31 30 47 73,

Venue hire

Please see for information on hiring a space at the museum.