Top Choice Museum in Rouen

Historial Jeanne d'Arc

For an introduction to the great 15th-century heroine and the events that earned her fame – and shortly thereafter condemnation – don't miss this excellent new site. It's less of a museum, and more of an immersive, …
Historic Site in Rouen

Aître St-Maclou

Decorated with lurid woodcarvings of skulls, crossbones, gravediggers’ tools and hourglasses (a reminder that your time, my friend, is running out), this macabre ensemble of half-timbered buildings was used for cent…
Cathedral in Rouen

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Rouen’s stunning Gothic cathedral, built between the late 12th and 16th centuries, was famously the subject of a series of canvases painted by Monet at various times of the day and year. The 75m-tall Tour de Beurre …
Church in Rouen

Église St-Maclou

This Flamboyant Gothic church was built between 1437 and 1521 (and renovated in 2013) but much of the decoration dates from the Renaissance. Half-timbered houses inclined at curious angles can be found on nearby sid…
Museum in Rouen

Musée de la Céramique

The Ceramics Museum, housed in a 17th-century building with a fine courtyard, is known for its 16th- to 19th-century faience (tin-glazed earthenware) and porcelain. Don't miss sculptural pieces such as the exquisite…
Art Museum in Rouen

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Housed in a grand structure erected in 1870, Rouen’s outstanding fine-arts museum features canvases by Rubens, Modigliani, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley (lots) and, of course, several works by Monet. There's also one jaw…
Museum in Rouen

Musée Le Secq des Tournelles

Home to one of the world’s premier collections of wrought iron, this riveting museum showcases the extraordinary skills of pre-industrial iron- and locksmiths. Housed in a desanctified 16th-century church.
Clock Tower in Rouen

Gros Horloge

Spanning rue du Gros Horloge, the Great Clock’s Renaissance archway has a gilded, one-handed medieval clock face on each side. High above, a Gothic belfry, reached via spiral stairs, affords spectacular views. The e…
Church in Rouen

Abbatiale St-Ouen

This 14th-century abbey is a marvellous example of the Rayonnant Gothic style. The entrance is through the lovely garden on the south side, facing rue des Faulx.
Square in Rouen

Place du Vieux Marché

The old city's main thoroughfare, rue du Gros Horloge, runs from the cathedral west to place du Vieux Marché. This is where 19-year-old Joan of Arc was executed for heresy in 1431.