Museum of Fine Arts and Lace-making


Alençon Museum of Fine Arts and Lace occupies a prestigious setting within the Cour Carrée de la Dentelle, the town's former Jesuit school.
The major attraction of the collections is the outstanding presentation of needlepoint, especially the prestigious "Point d'Alençon". The technique for making this lace has been on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list since 2010. The fine arts section has a permanent display of works from French, Italian and Scandinavian schools from the 17th to the 20th century: Boudin, Courbet, Fantin-Latour, Monanteuil, etc.
Visitors will be amazed at the exceptional Cambodian collection from the last century.
Contact details

Museum of Fine Arts and Lace-making

Cour Carrée de la Dentelle


Phone : 02 33 32 40 07



  • Normandy Sites and Monuments Club
  • Rates

    Base rate - full rate adult From 4.10 €
    Reduced rate From 3.05 €
    Means of payment

    Debit cards

    Postal or bank cheques





    Temporary exhibitions

    Junior workshop

    Specific theme activities


    Guided tour

    Educational visits

    Coach Parking


    Visite libre en permanence - yes
    Visite guidées sur demande - yes
    Average time60 minutes90 minutes
    Further informationIn July and August: demo of a lacemaker from 2:30pm to 16:30pm, mondays, wednesdays and fridays -


    Coach parking
    Groups acccepted
    Minimum number of people 10
    Maximum number of people 60
    The museum is situated in the old jesuit college from th 17th century, which was renovated a few years ago. The major appeal of the collections is in the amazing pesentation of the Alençon lace. It is possible to be shown by a lace maker how it is done. The Art area presents paintings from french, italien and nodics schools from the 15th and 19th century: Boudin, Champaigne, Courbet, Fantin Latour, Jouvenet... You will be surprised by there astonishing collection of cambodgia objects from the last century.

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