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The Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes

The MBA is a museum of French art and archeology.

The MBA of Rennes is, like most museums in France, a revolutionary creation.

Founded in 1794 from works seized in the religious and civil buildings of the city, the Museum of Fine Arts draws most of its wealth from the fabulous cabinet of curiosities of Christophe Paul de Robien (1698-1756), President of the Parliament of Brittany.

This encyclopedic collection was one of the richest in Europe: paintings, sculptures, Egyptian, Greek and especially Celtic antiquities, works of art from all continents, as well as an exceptional collection of drawings in which Leonardo da Vinci rubs shoulders , Botticelli, Dürer and Rembrandt.

Between 1801 and 1811, shipments from the State came to complete the initial fund and bring works of the first importance, resulting from the revolutionary confiscations of Paris and the conquests of the French armies that the Central Museum of the Louvre could no longer contain. Thus, great masterpieces illustrating the different schools of European painting enter the collection: Veronese, Perseus delivering Andromeda, Rubens, The Tiger Hunt or The Brown with the gigantic Descent from the Cross of the Chapel of Versailles.

In the nineteenth century, purchases made by the State at the Salons enrich the museum of significant works of official currents, especially the extravagant painting by Edouard Toudouze, Eros and Aphrodite. The installation in 1855 of the museum in a new building also housing the University raises important donations and legacies: The gift of Eugène Froment (Amaury-Duval, Portrait of Isaure Chassériau) and the legacy of Paul Lucas who endows the museum from a collection of Italian Primitives.


The museum commits to work for the accessibility of the building and the works. The museum is accessible to people with reduced mobility. Access ramp, elevator and benches are at your disposal. Canes-seats are loaned on request to the reception for guided tours.

Ask the Musettes at the museum's reception, these suitcases allow visually impaired people the sonic and tactile discovery of a selection of works. Braille booklets and large print are available for most exhibitions. Discover the tactile space at your disposal on the ground floor, near the cabinet of curiosities.

Follow our appointments interpreted in French Sign Language (LSF) or coded in spoken language completed (LPC) whether you are deaf, hard of hearing or out of interest.

A portable sound amplification device with headphones or magnetic loop can be lent to you.

All guided group tours can be adapted.


By Metro
Metro A: Republic

By bus
Bus stop "Museum of Fine Arts":
C4, C6, 40ex, 50, 64, 67, N
Bus stop "High School Zola": 12

By car
Parking parking Kléber
Parking space for people with disabilities Rue Léonard de Vinci

By bike
STAR bike: station avenue Janvier
Bike places in front of the museum


Full price: 6 euros

Reduced rate: 4 euros (large families, students, works councils, job seekers, ...)

Group rate: 4 euros per visitor from 10 people

Friends of the museum, beneficiaries of social minima, school groups, under 18, art students ...

Free on the first Sunday of every month


OPENING HOURS: next days Tue  10:00-17:00
Wed  10:00-17:00
Thu  10:00-17:00
Fri  10:00-17:00
Sat  10:00-18:00
Sun  10:00-18:00
Tue  10:00-17:00

20 Quai Emile Zola
35000 Rennes


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