Museum Hôtel-Dieu, Mantes-La-Jolie!

So bringing you closer to my old stumping grounds and very dear to my family. There are several towns in France that are given the unofficial designation of Royal towns, and one of them is Mantes-La-Jolie, in the Yvelines dept 78, Ïle de France region.

I have already told you much about the town in previous posts and on the main thing the Collegiale Church of Notre Dame. However, I like to tell you a bit more about a gem sitting right next to the Church and well worth the visit, me think. I will tell you a bit about the old hospital and now museum Hôtel-Dieu of Mantes La Jolie.

mantes la jolie

mantes la jolie

It is very easy to get from Paris gare Saint Lazare as usually its end terminus for trains destination Mantes. It has two stations Mantes Station and Mantes la Jolie, the closest to city center. Both on the same line Paris Saint Lazare. It can also, go by south to Montparnasse station in Paris. By car, my way, you get there on the A13 direction Rouen, and exit 11. The best places to park is at Parking Hotel de Ville ,place Saint-Jacques and Normandie ,place Henri-Dunant both in city center.

Hôtel-Dieu, now a museum. 1 rue Thiers, open every day except Tuesday from 12h to 18H admission was 5€ to check.

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The collections presented on a permanent basis currently form two sets. Particularly from the depositories of the Notre Dame Collegiate Church and the Sainte-Anne of Gassicourt Church, a set of pieces dating from the medieval period, including sculpted elements, medieval lapidary works testify to the high quality of regional artistic production. The paintings and works on paper by the impressionist painter Maximilian Luce, composed of more than 150 works, from drawing to painting, through lithography and etching , illustrating the themes of the landscape in the Seine Valley, the nascent fluvial tourism, the industrial development and the condition of the man at work.

mantes la jolie

The museum’s new reserves, located in the heart of the Val Fourre District, are home to other treasures, from the collections from the three collectors ‘ museums, historical and documentary (Deschamps Collection), Scientific (Mesnil Museum) and Beaux-Arts (Duhamel Museum), having helped to forge, at the beginning of the 20C, the city’s heritage profile. Occasional presentations of these eclectic collections (sculptures, furniture, earthenware, art objects…), as well as a policy of pedagogical animation in the space of the reserves will allow to rediscover them.

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The future extension of the museum will also allow the redeployment of these works and the creation of convivial spaces.

One webpage that could help you plan your visit here or ask me is

City of Mantes La Jolie on the Hotel Dieu

The town can be walk as the main things are just couple minutes away on foot! Easily a full day visiting all Collegiale church and museum as well as the tour Maclou.

Hope you enjoy this other Royal town west of Paris and the others around here such as Poissy, St Germain-en-Laye, Rambouillet, Marly-le-Roi, and Versailles; all in the Yvelines dept 78. The wonderful Yvelines 78 indeed.

and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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