The Picardy Museum
- 3000works of art
- 4600m² of exposition
- 1750m² of new spaces
a unique place
Built between 1855 and 1867, on the initiative of the "Société des Antiquaires de Picardie", with the support of Napoleon III, it was the very first French building designed to become a museum. It had been completely closed since 2017 but the galleries of the first were no longer visible since 2008. It has been completely renovated, revealing under the layers of paint, painted decorations of exceptional beauty. The collections have grown and cover the entire history of art: from archaeological and Egyptian collections in the basement [discover in particular the famous mummy or the recently discovered Venus by Renancourt] to contemporary art [Bacon, Picasso, Miro , Dubuffet, Picabia, Balthus ....], through the medieval collections including the Puys d'Amiens, masterpieces of the cathedral.
Beautifully painted decorations have been brought up to date. This is the case of the Salon de l'Impératrice, dedicated to Eugenie, Napoleon's wife. Painted decorations and marquetry make it a work of art in its own right.
Also discover the cabinet of curiosities which presents unusual objects from the ethnography and natural history collections. It is in particular a mediation tool intended for the school public.
The museum opens to the outside. Terraces and gardens are accessible to all for a walk or a picnic.
The "Grand Salon"
Rediscovery of the gigantism and the pageantry of the Grand Salon. This superb setting accommodates paintings of impressive dimensions. For example, we admire Lady Godiva, a work by Jules Lefebvre restored in 2013 and which measures 6.20 x 3.90 meters. Albert Maignan's Voix du Tocsin canvas had been rolled since 1918, now restored, it took place on the Pompeian red walls.
Guided tours and lectures are available at all times to get to know the museum's collections intimately. The Museum is also open to other artistic displines, meetings with theater, dance and music will be regularly offered to you.
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Schedule and prices
Open every day except Monday and 01/01, 01/05 and 25/12
High season from May to August weekdays 9.30am-7pm
Weekends and public holidays 11-19h
Low season from September to April weekdays 9.30am-6pm
Weekends and public holidays 11 am-6pm
Full price: 7 €
Reduced price: 4 €
Free on the 1st Sunday of the month
- A boutique-bookshop with original souvenirs: tableware decorated with the museum's motifs, range of waide-dyed scarves, soap bearing the Museum's image made by the Savonnerie des Hauts-de-France, coffee and tea created by the House Dasi Frère inspired by the decorations of the museum
- Tools for children such as the muséojeux kit for a fun and creative visit (mime, song, search for animals in the museum.
- A very rich cultural program: temporary exhibitions, guided tours, conferences, concerts, ....