Ecouen, a Renaissance masterpiece

Ecouen has been able to keep its identity as a village where its riches are discovered along pleasant walks through its historical and memorable sites. Avec le musée de la Renaissance et le musée Archéa, c’est une ville incontournable pour les amoureux d’histoire.

National Museum of the Renaissance

Located in the Château, the National Renaissance museum houses numerous masterpieces. Its owner, Anne of Montmorency, a great Renaissance lord, who grew in the intimacy of François I then prospered under the protection of Henry II. Ecouen is not like other properties as its stones reveal the ambitions and successes of a powerful man as well as the story of an enthusiastic patron, and an aesthete, passionate with the arts.
The château also embodies the modern vision of a man who waged war against Italy and vowed himself one day to find the same bedazzlement back on his own land that he once had in front of transalpine palaces.
The château successively accommodated a military prison,a hospital and finally the house of the Legion of Honour. In 1962, the château came to a turning point when it served the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. In 1977, it opened to the general public in its present layout.
It numbers numerous masterpieces such as the tapestry of ‘David and Bethsabee’, famous for being one of the greatest masterpieces in tapestry, the most outstanding design made in Brussels, a significant place for the production of tapestry at the turn of the XVI century.
The museum also displays a collection of symbolic paintings of the French Renaissance period which are outstandingly decorative. The twelve painted fireplaces are typical examples.
The furniture is particularly abundant and also representative of the production of the time.
Finally, the sculpture may be at the XVI century the best expression of the French artistic genius.
The rhythm of the rich seasons of the castle and its park is marked by the permanent and temporary exhibitions, picture hangings, musical programmes, and shows, such as the trip back in the time of ‘Anne de Montmorency, the Lord of Ecouen’.

National Museum of the Renaissance

Ecouen Tourist Office

The Archéa Museum

In Louvres, the museum of Archea, in its contemporary architectural setting, presents the history
Of the region through the results of excavations and archeological research. In the collections of the museum, you can admire nearly 750 objects (Merovingian graves, daily life objects, and jewelry) stemming from 87 archeological sites presented via an interactive and permanent exhibition.
You can watch films and numerical programmes, build and manipulate objects, and use teaching aids to help you grasp the history of the place. Archea is also the archeological site of the Château of Orville and the ceramic national heritage of the valley of Ysieux, the discovery of which can help you understand the archeologists’ daily work. Archea also offers temporary exhibitions, practical workshops for children and adults thus engaging an expertise in cultural mediation.

Archéa

National Museum of the Renaissance
National Museum of the Renaissance
Fenêtre sur la Renaissance
Fenêtre sur la Renaissance
Salle musée
Salle musée
The Archéa Museum
The Archéa Museum

Panoramic visit of the church of Saint-Acceul (16th century) and its renaissance stained glass.