Open the doors of the National Renaissance Museum

Overlooking the plain of the Pays de France, to meet the Chantilly forest, the Château d'Écouen invites you on a journey to the heart of the Renaissance. Its exceptional collections have made it possible to set up this architectural setting in the National Renaissance Museum, hosting original exhibitions. The French gardens open onto a vast panorama.

The Château d'Écouen offers a great view on the plain of France and now houses the exceptional collections of National Museum of the Renaissance. The castle is for them an equally exceptional setting. You will discover, among other things, the famous XNUMXth century tapestry: the hanging of David and Bathsheba. The other levels contain other exceptional collections on the decorative arts: furniture, ceramics, painted enamels, weapons, measuring objects ...

A little history…

Property of a great Renaissance lord, Anne de Montmorency, who grew up in the privacy of François I and then prospered under the protection of Henri II, Écouen is not a house like the others. It inscribes in its stones the ambitions and the successes of a powerful man, patron and an esthete passionate about art. It embodies the modern vision of a lord who fought in Italy and promised to one day find on his land the dazzling he experienced in front of the transalpine palaces.

This ardent collector, often at the forefront of taste, was also the heir to a colossal fortune. He further increased it by a judicious policy of acquisitions, by his marriage to Madeleine of Savoy and by royal favor. When he died in 1567, he owned some 130 castles scattered throughout France. He is also the owner of two Parisian residences including his hotel in rue Sainte-Avoye, which he has endowed with a painted gallery by Nicolo dell'Abbate. All these places are the scene of reconstructions, arrangements, or even real architectural projects, like those of Castle of Whipped Cream (1559) or the amazing Fère-en-Tardenois gallery bridge, both designed by Jean Bullant. But Écouen remains his masterpiece.

You are free to visit the Écouen museum. In order to appreciate the essentials of the museum, a visit leaflet, distributed at the reception, offers a discovery circuit in a minimal route (about an hour).

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Schedules opening from the museum: every day except Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 14:00 p.m. to 17:45 p.m.
Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.

Rue Jean Bullant - 95440 Écouen

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