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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours

View an array of iconic paintings from the last 600 years set among antique furnishings in one of the most beautiful buildings in the Loire Valley.

Admire paintings by Monet, Rubens and Champaigne and explore a maze of lavishly decorated rooms when you visit the stunning Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours. See furnishings such as rare antique clocks and furniture and browse the museum’s fine collection of ancient sculptures. 

Set in the archbishops’ stunning 18th-century palace, the Musée des Beaux-Arts holds one of the most extensive collections of precious art in France. Take time to stroll through the lush palace gardens and explore the Gallo-Roman ruins nearby.

Once inside the palace, work your way through the many reception rooms where the best of the museum’s art is kept. Check out the 14th- to 16th-century display with highlights including Moroni’s Portrait of a Man and The Resurrection by Mantegna, dated 1459. 

From here, head to the 17th- and 18th-century rooms where Champaigne’s The Good Shepherd is among the highlights. Be sure to look for more famous pieces by Rubens and Le Sueur. Nearby view one of the museum’s most famous pieces, a depiction of the Seine River in northern France, painted by the artist Claude Monet.

As you wander through the rooms of the museum you will see pristine furnishings. Some of these date back to as early as the 15th century. Particular gems are a grand 18th-century filing cabinet and a gold-plated clock from 1600. 

Before you leave, be sure to visit the museum’s collection of sculptures, which have been assembled over hundreds of years. Marvel at ancient Roman-Greco statues and notice the exquisite detail of several figures of French royalty, including Louis XIV. 

The Musée des Beaux-Arts is located a short drive from the center of Tours. Use plentiful available parking. The city’s main train station is just a 2-minute walk away. There is a small admission fee for adults and children. Information on all the artwork is provided in English and guided tours are available.


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Best Western Central Hotel £71
Best Western Central Hotel

Best Western Central Hotel

     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Julien Church, Musee du Compagnonnage and Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre. Place de Châteauneuf and Musee des Beaux-Arts are also within 10 minutes. Tours Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    The People Hostel - Tours £38
    The People Hostel - Tours

    The People Hostel - Tours

       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Tours, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley and Vinci International Convention Centre. University of Tours and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is 12 minutes by foot.

      Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel £64
      Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel

      Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel

         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in La Fuye-Velpeau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is only a 4-minute walk and St Pierre des Corps Station is 29 minutes.

        Hotel Mondial £55
        Hotel Mondial

        Hotel Mondial

        3 Place De La Resistance, Tours
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre, St. Julien Church and Musee du Compagnonnage. Place de Châteauneuf and Saint Martin Basilica are also within 5 minutes. Tours Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Oceania L'Univers Tours £119
          Oceania L'Univers Tours

          Oceania L'Univers Tours

          5 Boulevard Heurteloup, Tours, Indre-et-Loire
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Tours City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre, Musee des Beaux-Arts, and St. Julien Church. Musee du Compagnonnage and University of Tours are also within 15 minutes. Tours Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Le Grand Hotel Tours £80
            Le Grand Hotel Tours

            Le Grand Hotel Tours

            9, place du General Leclerc, Tours, Indre-et-Loire
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Tours, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. St. Julien Church and Saint-Gatien Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Tours Station is only a 2-minute walk.

              Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor £55
              Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor

              Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor

              6 Rue Marcel Tribut, Tours
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in La Fuye-Velpeau, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is only a 3-minute walk and St Pierre des Corps Station is 29 minutes.

                Novotel Tours Centre Gare £85
                Novotel Tours Centre Gare

                Novotel Tours Centre Gare

                15, Rue Edouard Vaillant, Tours, Indre-et-Loire
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Tours, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and St. Julien Church are also within 15 minutes. Tours Station is only a 3-minute walk.