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Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes
Château des Ducs de Bretagne de Nantes

A museum at the château

Labelled the 'Museum of France,' the Nantes History Museum is housed in 15th century buildings. Designed for a large number of visitors, its modern layout is a way to enhance both the monument and the works presented.
The visit is arranged chronologically as well as by theme, and it covers 32 rooms from the basement to the attics. Using various mulitmedia features, it presents an impressive collection of over 800 objects.

Works of great diversity

Composed around six collections that were gradually brought together from the 1920's onwards, the permanent resources at the Nantes History Museum accounts for over 50,000 objects; More than 800 are exhibited: works that have been chosen for their importance and capacity to illustrate themes which are part of the historical presentation.
The objects on display are of great diversity: paintings, sculptures, scale models, models of ships, maps and plans, posters, engravings, photographs, films, objects from daily life, tools, industrial parts, scientific instruments, furniture, objects of art, archive documents, and so on...

Contemporary design

In the 15th and 16th centuries, sovereigns would take their furniture and tapestries with them on their short stays in different châteaux. The fully restored rooms in the ducal residence were bare and without any historical decoration, so it was decided to create a contemporary museum which would not disfigure the architecture. The design aims to display the monument and the collection items while integrating all of the multimedia installations.

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