Musée des Beaux-Arts


Lodged in an 18th-century abbey, this museum's rich collection stars one of four versions of Jacques-Louis David’s world-famous The Death of Marat (yes, the bloody corpse in the bath-tub), 27 works by Camille Corot (only the Louvre has more), 13 portraits by German Renaissance painters Cranach the Elder and the Younger, lots of Barbizon School landscapes, some art-nouveau creations by Émile Gallé, and two works each by Monet, Gauguin and Pissarro.

The museum closed in 2019 for renovations and is expected to reopen in 2025.

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Nearby Reims attractions

1. Joan of Arc Statue

0.08 MILES

A strangely expressionless statue of Joan of Arc, raised high on a rearing horse and bearing a sword, graces this square facing the cathedral. The so…

2. Église St-Jacques

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The 12th- to 14th-century Église St-Jacques, the city’s only remaining medieval parish church, has some 1960s stained glass that’s so awful it has to be…

3. Cathédrale Notre Dame

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Imagine the extravagance of a French royal coronation. The focal point of such pomposity was Reims’ resplendent Gothic cathedral, begun in 1211 on a site…

4. Palais du Tau

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A Unesco World Heritage Site, this lavish former archbishop’s residence, redesigned in neoclassical style between 1671 and 1710, was where French princes…

5. Bibliothèque

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Thanks to a donation from the US-based Carnegie Foundation, the lobby of the Bibliothèque boasts gorgeous 1920s mosaics, stained glass, frescos and an…

6. Subé Fountain

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The centrepiece of Place Drouet d'Erlon is the Subé Fountain, built in 1907 and crowned by a gleaming gold statue of Winged Victory.

7. Place Drouet d’Erlon

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Reims’ pedestrianised main square draws locals in the mood for a bite, a beer or a bit of shopping.

8. Cryptoportique


One of Reims' Roman standouts, the below-street-level Cryptoportique is thought to have been used for grain storage in the 3rd century AD.