Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours

Tours
Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Museums

The Tours mueseum of fine arts was originaly established 4 March 1795 but has been situated in the bishop's former palace since  1910. The museum has over 12,000 works but only 1,000 are on show to the public. The ground floor of the museum has a room especially dedicated to Tours art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Nearby attractions

The Jardin botanique de Tours (5 hectares) is a municipal botanical garden and arboretum, it began as a collection of about 2,000 medical and exotic plants arranged in greenhouses.

Villandry owes its fame to its 6 beautiful gardens - the water garden with its mirror-like lake, the decorative ornamental garden, the maze, the sun garden, the herb garden and at the lowest level the splendid kitchen garden...

A magnificent example of Renaissance and Gothic architecture, this château still houses a well preserved and exceptional collection of furniture. The gardens also offer one of the most beautiful views over the Loire Valley....

Built on an island in the river Indre, the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is one of the most famous chateaux in the Loire Valley.

Places to visit nearby

Tours in the Loire Valley is a modern city with a history dating back to the Romans that is famous for its architecture, wines and markets.

Blois in the Loire Valley is a charming royal city with an historic château that has been home to 7 French kings and 10 French queens.

Saumur in Atlantic Loire Valley is easily recognised by its fairytale chateau and is famous for its association with horses - the area around the town is even known as the Kingdom of the Horse.