Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie
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No trip to Besançon is complete without visiting this stately museum. It is France’s oldest, founded in 1694 when the Louvre was but a twinkle in Paris’ eye. The stellar collection spans archaeology with its Egyptian mummies, Neolithic tools and Gallo-Roman mosaics; a cavernous drawing cabinet with 5500 works, including Dürer, Delacroix and Rodin masterpieces; and 14th- to 20th-century painting with standouts by Titian, Rubens, Goya and Matisse.