Fine Arts Museum


One of France’s finest Fine Arts Museums in the field of 16th to 20th century European painters, boasting an exceptional collection of engravings and organising temporary international exhibitions.
In 2017: Marc Desgrandchamps, Dutch and Flemish painting in the 16th and 17th centuries. Opening of a Cubist exhibition room.
Land art in the heart of the sculpture park, hosting ‘Ceiling Light’ by Jaakko Pernu, alongside Bourdelle, Rodin, Marta Pan, Huang Yong Ping and Morellet.
Activities for visitors of all ages from age 3: family tours, workshops, tasting sessions, conferences, concerts, dance, cinema, etc.
Fine arts book store and gift shop, restaurant-café Mancel, library.
Unaccompanied tour lasts: 2 hours. Or guided tour in French or English: 1 hour.
2017 exhibition, ‘L'attention au réel. Art flamand et hollandais. Collections du musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Genève et du musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen’. (Attention to realism, Flemish and Dutch art. Collections from the Geneva Museum of Art and History and the Fine Arts Museum in Caen.
Ticket sales at the Church of St. George within the castle enclosure.
Contact details

Fine Arts Museum

Enceinte du ChâteauLe chateau

14000 CAEN

Phone : 02 31 30 47 70

Fax : 02 31 30 47 80


Base rate - full rate adult From 3.50 €
Reduced rate From 2.50 €
Means of payment

Carte bleue

Debit cards


Eurocard - Mastercard





Play area



Specific theme activities

Adult workshop

Junior workshop

Specialist conferences


Temporary exhibitions



Bar, cafeteria, tea room



Average time45 minutes -
Further informationNon-guided visits or guided tours in F or GB: 1hr. -


Groups acccepted
Minimum number of people 10
Located in the heart of William the Conqueror's castle, in a modern building, the fine arts museum is specialised in 16th and 18th century European painting and is among the most significant French museum in its field. The museum also features a vast display of art up through the 19ht century. The 18th century is represented by French and Italian portrait and landscape painters while the 19th century revolves around romantic and realist painters, as well as landscape painters from Barbizon and Normandy. Headline exhibition: “L’Expérience Caravage” (The Caravaggio Experience) - until 14 February. “Frits Thalow, paysagiste par nature” - 16 April to 21 September. An exhibition of the works of the landscape artist organised as part of the Normandy Impressionism Festival.

Further information

Environment : By the sea, In the town centre, In the country