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National Museum of Renaissance France
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover National Museum of Renaissance

Located in the Château d'Ecouen, where some of the rooms have kept their original furniture, the museum largely consists of the Renaissance collections of the Musée de Cluny. It features items from the 16th and 17th centuries representing the decorative arts (furniture, woodwork, tapestries, ceramics, etc.) of France, Italy and the Netherlands. The 16th Century chapel on the ground floor with its painted beams and the wall-hanging depicting the story of David and Bathsheba in the west wing are also worth a visit.

Musée National de la Renaissance (National Museum of the Renaissance)
Château d'Ecouen 95440 Ecouen
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 34 38 38 50 Fax: + 33 (0) 1 34 38 38 78
Open every day except on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 12:45pm and from 2:00pm to 5:45pm.
Price: ?4.

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National Museum of Renaissance

National Museum of Renaissance , Inside the castle , France
Inside the castle

The castle has no corridors; instead the rooms follow one another via small passages or doors.

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National Museum of Renaissance , The museum's decor , France
The museum's decor

Every last inch of the castle has been sculpted, decorated or embellished with colour.

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National Museum of Renaissance , The altar sculpted by Jean Goujon , France
The altar sculpted by Jean Goujon

This altar has Evangelist figues sculpted into it.

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National Museum of Renaissance , The chapel's vault , France
The chapel's vault

Its Gothic-inspired ribbed vault is covered with coats of arms.

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National Museum of Renaissance , The museum's fireplaces , France
The museum's fireplaces

The castle has 12 painted fireplaces in total.

© Musée national de la Renaissance
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