The Picardy Museum
AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF RESTORATION, THE PICARDY MUSEUM REOPENS ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC. EXPLORE THE PRESTIGIOUS COLLECTIONS IN THIS MONUMENTAL PALAIS DES ARTS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY OF AMIENS.
A model museum
The Picardy Museum has just been completely restored. It was the first museum built in France specifically to accommodate works of art. This prototype museum, built in 1867 under Napoleon III, then inspired the builders of other major French museums. The Palais des Arts remains the showcase of an incredible collection that offers a journey into the history of the Western World, from prehistoric times to the present day.
Listed as a historic monument in 2012, the Amiens museum brings together eclectic collections.
- Archaeological collections: from prehistory to Gallo-Roman times, including Greek and Egyptian Antiquity;
- mediaeval works: small precious objects and monumental sculptures;
- Fine Arts collections: paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 16th to the 19th centuries;
modern and contemporary art: paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations.
A 19th century monument in a green setting
A new layout around the site fully participates in the attraction’s metamorphosis. With the water basins in the main courtyard, a hanging garden on the roof of the Maignan pavilion, and even the creation of a naturalist garden that replants shrubs and bushes from the Picardy region, it is a green monument henceforward open to the city.
Semi-deciduous layers of plants dotted with areas of bright colour, of an exotic palette, also contribute to the landscaped section around the museum.
The planting, in the main courtyard, of 7,500 shrubs and ferns, 8,300 bulbs, and 220 annuals offers a contemporary interpretation of the principles of 19th century landscaping.
A new scientific and cultural project
An eclectic, completely redesigned, museum tour revolves around three main themes: human, territorial and scientific. The Picardy origin of many works and objects in the permanent collections is one of the tour’s main threads (mediaeval works of Amiens cathedral, evocation of traditional skills and Picardy landscapes, location of local artists of the 19th century...).
The first floor
Completely restored, the first floor reopens after ten years of closure. Covering approximately 2000 m2, in strongly coloured rooms, the route unfolds chronologically, from the 15th century to the present day. Rich and eclectic, the paintings collection finds itself in a setting equal to it.
Upgraded rooms on the ground floor
The mediaeval collections are displayed in the ground floor’s four rooms. They combine works of different types: sculptures in stone, wood, polychrome or not, goldsmithery, and works in alabaster, ivory or stained glass. The collections presented range from the end of the 9th century to the middle of the 16th century.
Created in 1986 under the museum, the rooms are divided into two sections. The first is devoted to the Mediterranean basin, with Egyptian collections and Greek antiquities. The second room showcases regional archaeological collections from prehistory (sites in the Somme valley), Gallo-Roman times (the Roman city of Samarobriva - Amiens), and the Merovingian period (Christian stelae from in and around Amiens).
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