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MUSEE DE FONTENAY-LE-COMTE

Eugène de Mouillebert was a Fontenaisian scholar and collector. During the 1870 war, he lost his only son : Hugues de Mouillebert. He therefore decided to bequeath his entire collection to his native town, as well as a smallholding whose income was to be used to enrich the museum's collection.

Address : 5 Place du 137ème RI
85200 FONTENAY-LE-COMTE
FRANCE

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Presentation of: MUSEE DE FONTENAY-LE-COMTE

This significant bequest included paintings, drawings and artworks.

Located in Notre-Dame church’s former presbytery since 1922, this museum shows Fontenay-le-Comte’s intellectual effervescence since the Renaissance. Following renovation works from 1922 to 1924, the museum opened its doors to the public on 19th October under the name Musée Vendéen.

The ambition of Emile Boutin, the first curator, was to give the museum a regional dimension and to develop a multidisciplinary acquisition policy : ancient archaeology, ethnography, fine arts...

From the end of the 70’s to 1986, the museum underwent new museographic developments. Its permanent exhibition areas and its acquisition policy were refocused on the southern Vendée territory.

The Museum of Fontenay-le-Comte relies on a long tradition of legacies and donations. A tradition that has kept going over the last thirty years, the most recent of which dates from 1998 : the Marchand’s bequest.
Opening times
from 08/11/2021 to 31/12/2021
Wednesday from 14:00 to 18:00
Open all year round
Museum theme
Archaeology
Popular arts and traditions
Fine arts
History
Museum category
Accredited and inspected by the French Museum Authority
Prices
Full adult price starting from 5.00€
Discounted rate starting from 2.50€ (Demandeurs d'emploi, personnes de 60 ans et +, personnels des musées, enseignants de l'Éducation Nationale)
Free of charge starting from 0.00€ (Gratuité scolaires / étudiants / Les amis du musée vendéen)
Payment methods
Credit card
Cheques and postal orders
Visits
Free tours (individuelles): Yes
Free tours (groupes): Yes
Guided tours on request (groupes): Yes
Guided tours (groupes): Yes
Average duration of visit (groupes) : @duration of visit
Visit languages
Visit: French
Billboards: French
Spoken language
French
Services
Shop
Further information
Groups accepted starting from 20 persons
Pets not allowed
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