Berry museum at Bourges!

As an amateur lover of architecture and history, other than a build in monument such as a castle, church or monastery, nothing beats coming to a museum. Especially if it relates to related subjects of mine. While traveling , I am always on the lookout for them, and if missed them noted down to come back on a later visit. This is the case of the Berry museum in Bourges.  I like to tell you a bit more on it from the briefs written in previous posts.

The Musée du Berry  or the Berry museum located at 4 rue des Arénes corresponds to the first museum of Bourges founded in 1834 by Claude-Denis Mater, magistrate collector and friend of Balzac. First departmental, with the support of the prefect of Cher, then municipal, the museum moved in 1891 to the Hôtel de Cujas.


This mansion was built in 1515 and was the home of jurist Jacques Cujac since 1585 , in brick and stone, for an Italian merchant, Durand Salvi; the name of Cujas remained to him, because it belonged in the 16C to this great jurist, who taught at the law university of Bourges between 1560 and 1566, then from 1575 to his death in 1590.

The rooms of the museum were fitted out in the years 1950-1960, emphasizing the Gallo-Roman period. A room dedicated to ancient Egypt opened in 1986. Another room now allows you to discover works related to Duke Jean de Berry ;late 14C and a selection of Romanesque works little known to the public. In 2014, four rooms on the first floor were refurbished to accommodate the “Unveiled Works”, a collection of paintings reflecting the richness of the museum’s collections.

The search for acquisitions for the museum, allowed, until the end of the 19C, enrichments in various fields: archeology, stained glass, painting, furniture, numismatics. Throughout the 19C, the State regularly granted works on deposit: paintings, sculptures, porcelain. The prehistoric collections increase especially at the end of the 19C and in the first half of the 20C, under the impulse which is

then given to prehistoric archeology. In the second half of the 20C, two directions were favored: archeology, in particular with the purchase of part of the collection of the Société des antiquaires du Center, and ethnography.

Admission is Free.It is wonderful from the historical perpective of the collection and the the architecture of the building.

Again , the city of Bourges has some nice info in English on the museum here: City of Bourges on the Berry museum

And again, here is the Friends of the museums of Bourges on the Berry museum, which we all can help to preserve. Friends of the Museums of Bourges on the Berry museum

The tourist office of Bourges is here: Tourist office of Bourges

It is a very nice museum if pictures are not to be found in my vault, cdrom and paper photos. Nevertheless, I encourage you to come and visit the Berry museum, you will be glad.

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


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