Updated on 19 November 2020
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Even if you’re not in Normandy, you can still take a virtual tour of some of our most famous museums and visitor attractions, so sit back and enjoy!
FINE ARTS Museum in Rouen
Founded by Napoleon I himself back in 1801, Rouen’s Fine Arts Museum boasts some of the most prestigious French collections of paintings, sculptures, objects and drawings, along with one of the largest Impressionist collections in Europe.
Explore the Fine Arts Museum here
CLAUDE MONET’S HOUSE and gardens IN GIVERNY
At the heart of the world-famous gardens in Giverny, you’ll find Claude Monet’s colourful house, where he lived and worked for 43 years. This house was fully restored to its original condition from back in the 19th century, complete with his studios where you’ll see reproductions of some of his most famous paintings.
Explore Claude Monet’s house here
André Malraux Modern Art Museum (MuMa) IN LE HAVRE
Located on the seafront of this UNESCO-listed city, Le Havre’s modern art museum boasts nothing less than the largest Impressionist collection in France outside Paris. No surprise really, as Le Havre is the birthplace of Impressionism – it was here that Monet painted his famous 1872 painting, Impression, sunrise. Enjoy original works by artists such as Boudin, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro and Dufy at this stunning museum.
Explore the MuMa here
DIEPPE CASTLE and MUSEUM
Sat on the clifftop overlooking France’s first seaside resort, Dieppe’s fine medieval castle houses a remarkable museum. Along with maritime exhibits, paintings by Georges Braque, Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro and the personal belongings of famous composer Camille Saint-Saëns, it also boasts one of the finest ivory collections in Europe.
Explore Dieppe Museum here
D-DAY MUSEUM in Arromanches-les-Bains
Overlooking the very spot where Port Winston, one of the Mulberry Harbours, was constructed, the D-Day Museum in Arromanches-les-Bains provides information on all the different nationalities that took part in the D-Day Landings on 6 June 1944 and insights into how ‘Mulberry B’ was constructed.
Explore the D-Day Museum here
Standing at 80m tall, Coutances’ beautiful Gothic cathedral dominates the city and can be seen from as far away as the island of Jersey. It is a classic example of the Normandy’s own Gothic style with its tall, vertical lines. The building is also home to some of the region’s finest medieval stained glass.
Explore Coutances Cathedral here
Abbey of the MONT-SAINT-MICHEL
Perched on the very top of Normandy’s most iconic landmark, this gravity-defying abbey is one of the most visited sites in France despite its remote location.
Explore the Abbey of the Mont-Saint-Michel here
This pretty village sits in a lush lush valley in a meander of the River Sarthe. Its quaint beauty has attracted and inspired many artists over the centuries. Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei is one of Normandy’s six villages to have been officially listed as among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’.
Explore the colourful streets of Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei here