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.
The castle has no corridors; instead the rooms follow one another via small passages or doors.© Musée national de la Renaissance
Every last inch of the castle has been sculpted, decorated or embellished with colour.© Musée national de la Renaissance
This altar has Evangelist figues sculpted into it.© Musée national de la Renaissance
Its Gothic-inspired ribbed vault is covered with coats of arms.© Musée national de la Renaissance
The castle has 12 painted fireplaces in total.© Musée national de la Renaissance