Museums

Museums

The MUDO – Museum of Oise in Beauvais

Located at the foot of the Beauvais cathedral, the MUDO – Museum of Oise occupies the old count-bishop’s palace. Following several years of renovation, the museum once again presents selected works from its 19th-century collection. Visitors can admire fine landscapes, a magnificent painting by Thomas Couture and decorative artworks. The palace’s emblematic upper floor boasts oak timbering dating from the 16th century and soaring to a height of over 14 metres.

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The Quadrilatère (Tapestry Gallery) in Beauvais

Bordering the ancient Gallo-Roman ramparts near the cathedral, the Tapestry Gallery hosts exhibitions presenting the relationship between the decorative arts and contemporary creation.

The Horse Museum of Chantilly

An architectural chef-d'oeuvre from the 18th century, the Grand Stables of the Domaine de Chantilly are home to 30 magnificent show horses. Curious visitors are invited to admire their training in the company of the museum's expert riders. From April to October and during the end-of-the-year holidays, the museum magically transports visitors young and old to dreamlike worlds with its splendid equestrian shows. The Chantilly Horse Museum also presents, through new collections, the fascinating relationship between man and horse.

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The Pavillon de Manse, or the “Princes' Watermill”, in Chantilly

On the banks of the Nonette River in the heart of Chantilly, the Pavillon de Manse (also known as the “Prince’s Watermill”) was built in the late 17th century by the Prince of Condé and later transformed during the 19th century by the Duke of Aumale. Visitors to this unique edifice can discover 300 years of technological evolution related to hydraulic engineering.

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The Historical Figurine Museum in Compiègne

100,000 figurines assembled in wonderfully lifelike scenes relate the history of France and Europe: from Napoleon inspecting his soldiers before the Palais des Tuileries to the immense Battle of Waterloo to more recent scenes such as the splendid review of Bétheny in honour of Tsar Nicholas II and the nearby trenches of the First World War.

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The Internment and Deportation Memorial of Compiègne

The Internment and Deportation Memorial is a historical remembrance site presenting exhibitions housed within three buildings remaining from the Royallieu camp. From 1941 to 1944, this former military barracks served as France’s second largest internment camp after Drancy. Nearly 50,000 Resistance fighters, trade unionists, Jews and foreigners were interned here before being deported to the Nazi camps.

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The Rivierre nail factory in Creil

Discover the innovation and know-how of France’s last remaining nail factory, founded in 1888 in Creil. The site tour presents every stage of the nail and tack manufacturing process, including the 325 period machines still producing over 2,800 different nails, to be found in such everyday objects as shoes, knives and scale models.

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The Museum of Archery and of the Valois in Crépy-en-Valois

Occupying the old medieval residence of the Lords of Crépy-Nanteuil, the Museum of Archery and of the Valois exhibits statues dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century that previously adorned the churches and chapels of the Valois region. The only institution of its kind in France, the Archery Museum presents this wonderfully diverse practice around the world, from prehistorical times to the present day, paying particular attention to the centuries-old traditions of archery companies.

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The Armistice Clearing in the Compiègne Forest

Two armistices were signed in a train carriage of the Compagnie des Wagons-Lits, on an artillery railway in the Compiègne Forest: that of 11 November 1918 and that of 22 June 1940. The on-site museum exhibits a perfect reconstruction of the armistice carriage. Upon exiting the museum, discover the Augustin Trébuchon Memorial Garden, which pays tribute to all soldiers who have died serving their country, from 1870 to the present day.

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The Francières sugar factory

In operation from 1829 to 1969, the Francières sugar factory is one of the oldest such refineries in all of northern France. Listed as a historic monument, the factory has recently been reconverted into an interpretation centre for the sugar and agro-resource industries.

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The Barge- and Boatmen Museum in Longueil-Annel

Discover the little-known lives and traditions of the "water people". The first animated museum dedicated to river and canal navigation comprises a house-turned-museum, the Freycinet river barge, audio kiosks, a canal-bank promenade and a working canal lock.

You can also enjoy a cruise on the Oise River aboard the Escapade, a hybrid-electric excursion boat.

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The Mother-of-Pearl and Luxury Goods Museum in Méru

Housed in a former factory dating from the 19th century, the Mother-of-Pearl and Luxury Goods Museum strives to preserve a local, once-flourishing trade in the process of disappearing. In the faithfully recreated workshops, numerous demonstrations allow visitors to discover every step of the manufacturing process for a mother-of-pearl button.

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The "Discovery Centre" in Rethondes

Located near the Rethondes church, the "Musée Territoire 14-18 Discovery Centre" is a modern resource and heritage centre dedicated to the history of the First World War. It allows you to discover the old frontline, which cut through the region and became fixed during three years, while exploring this historic conflict and the lives of soldiers and civilians.

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The Maison de la Pierre stone-heritage centre in Saint-Maximin

The Maison de la Pierre invites you to discover the subterranean worlds of the Parrain stone quarry, more than 20 metres below the surface! The tour combines sound and lighting effects, while evoking the different geological periods, the skills of the old quarrymen and even the underground cultivation of button mushrooms. Truly an out-of-the-ordinary journey.

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Senlis and its museums

Three museums home to rich, unique collections: paintings (by Séraphine Louis and Thomas Couture) and Gallo-Roman vestiges at the Art and Archaeology Museum, the art of hunting with hounds at the Hunting Museum and military traditions at the Spahi Museum.

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The Oise Archaeology Museum in Vendeuil-Caply

The Oise Archaeology Museum is essentially home to objects uncovered during digs of the ancient Gallo-Roman theatre of Vendeuil-Caply located only a few metres away. Discover furniture, everyday objects, sculptures and paintings. Famous among antique dealers since the 16th century, the theatre has been the subject of study for sixty years and has yet to reveal all its secrets!

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