Musée National de la Renaissance

Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Écouen

REOPENED SINCE JULY 1ST - The Château d'Écouen, In the heart of the forest of the same name, houses a museum entirely dedicated to the Renaissance, to its history and its artistic movements, from painting to tapestry.
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Description

The Château d'Écouen is an architectural gem of the French Renaissance, built to the north of Paris in the 16th century for Anne de Montmorency, constable of France and close to King Francis I. A wealthy lord, an art lover and collector, he surrounded himself with the best artists of his time.

Transformed in 1805 into a secondary school for the daughters of honorees of the Legion of Honor, under the impulse of Napoleon 1st, the Château d'Écouen became, many years later, the only museum in France entirely dedicated to the Renaissance period.

Art, in all its forms

Bringing together the Renaissance collections of the Musée de Cluny, the museum’s thirty rooms retain much of their original decor. Covered with frescoes, the twelve chimneys will surely command your attention. Other highlights include King Henri II's chapel and apartments, which are particularly well preserved.

Inside the museum’s glass cabinets, you’ll discover a large collection of decorative art objects, dating from the 15th to the 17th centuries: weapons, stained glass, Ottoman ceramics from Iznik, gold and silver ware… Take time to study the tapestries and embroideries, including the David and Bathsheba wall hanging that, sheltered from the sun, deploys its impressive 75 meters inside the Psyche Gallery. Numerous temporary exhibitions also punctuate the cultural season.

Free and accessible to all, the Château d'Écouen’s 19-hectare park encourages meandering, with its magnificent formal perspectives and breathtaking views, before making way for the surrounding forest, the vestige of a vast seigniorial hunting domain.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the National Renaissance Museum - Château d'Ecouen is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

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Rue Jean Bullant
95440 Écouen

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9.30 am and 12.45 pm and between 2 pm and 5.15 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Prices

  • Full price: 5 € Reduced price: 3.50 € Group adults: 4.50 €. Free entry for children < 26 years, Job-seeker, disabled people. Group rate available for > 10 people.

Facility

  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Air conditioning
  • Exhibition space
  • Car park
  • Meeting room
  • Parking

Services

  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Guided tours

Activities

  • Temporary exhibition

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Single services tour

  • Guided individual tours available permanently
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Access

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Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Parking
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • performance room with a reserved space
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
Parking
  • visual intercom
  • adapted access control to the car park
Accueil
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
  • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled visioguide
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
Équipements
  • audioguide with description elements
  • audioguide with guidance elements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Ascenseur
  • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
  • elevator with identifiable call buttons
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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