Brest Fine Arts Museum

Destroyed by the bombs of the Second World War, the Brest Museum of Fine Arts was rebuilt before being reopened in 1964.

The works of art presented are 250 in number, and they are mainly old French and Italian works. However, this does not exclude the presence of many modern artists as well as some works from outside Europe. Paintings are exhibited, and with them, sculptures, engravings or photographs.

The museum also has a art library in which interested parties can borrow works of art for personal or professional use. With a collection of 1,100 works available, the art library has a wide range of choices that are constantly being increased by the arrival of new works. The only condition for borrowing is to have a subscription card to the Brest media library network.

Accessibility of the Museum of Fine Arts of Brest

The museum is located in the city center at 24 Traverse Street , accessible by tram via line A stopping at the Château station or by bus via line 1 stopping at the Français Libres station. However, be aware that the museum is closed every Monday, every Sunday morning as well as all public holidays of the year, except July 14 and August 15.

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Entry is therefore available:

  • From Tuesday to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Every Sunday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • July 14 and August 15 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The art library and the galleries on the ground floor are accessible to people with reduced mobility, but this is not the case for the galleries upstairs. A stroller, a water fountain and lockers are available to the public to improve comfort on site.

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Regarding the entrance fee, it varies depending on the case:

  • Full price at 5 euros for all visitors who do not fit the cases below.
  • Price reduced to 3 euros for teachers, holders of a culture card, or for beneficiaries of the Finistère cultural passport.
  • Free admission under proof for those under 25, job seekers, RSA beneficiaries, people with disabilities or even museum subscribers.

The heritage of the museum

With a collection of 10,000 artistic works, the museum exhibits in circles academic and romantic painters dating from the 16th century to the 18th century, such as Canaletto and Charles de la Fosse. The modern painters in the collection are mostly French, including Édouard Manet and Maurice Bernard. Nevertheless, the museum of Brest is illustrated by many works on the history of the city and the region, which present a maritime and marine universe. Jean-Jacques Morvan and the artists of the School of Pont-Aven are the main players in this richness of Breton painting and naturally find a place in this museum.

The museum also hosts on a temporary and regular basis active artist exhibitions, and they are open to visitors. This makes it possible to discover artists who may be unknown. These exhibitions are two or three per year and contribute to the attractiveness of the place which always attracts the public. Its attractive prices, the richness of its collection and the diversity of its activities make the Brest Museum of Fine Arts a must-see.

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