Indisputably One of the Most Beautiful in the Region!

Located within one of the pavilion’s of Place Ducale, this museum offers various collections that tell the history of and offer insights into the Ardennes and Charleville-Mézières. A journey through time for the whole family, from Prehistory to the eve of World War I, explained using historical artifacts from the Ardennes... Discover the Gaul village of Acy-Romance, plunge into Charleville and Mézières in the 17th century through maps and scale-models, travel around the world with the marionette collection.

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Exceptional setting

The Musée de l’Ardenne presents over 3,400 m² of unique collections of archaeological and historical artifacts, art, and marionettes. Located within an exceptional space that brings together the classicism of the 17th century architecture with the modern design touches of glass and steel, that harmoniously come together to reveal the history of a singular region within touching distance of both France and Belgium.

A Tour Within the Visit...

From the know-how of the Gallic blacksmith to that of the master gunsmith, or even the modest nail smith of Semoy, this tour of history unfolds through collections of archaeology, art and ethnography. Do not miss the virtual restoration of the Gallo-Roman fresco of  Montcy-Saint-Pierre, the hall dedicated to the arms of Charleville, the apothecary of the old Hôtel-Dieu (1756) and its 120 earthenware pots of Nevers, as well as the reconstruction of an authentic Ardennes interior… A glance at the marionette collections, suspended in time behind a glass enclosure, will reveal to the public the mechanical magic of the Great Puppeteers, particularly apparent in the giant automaton of Place Winston Churchill.

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The Most Beautiful Archeological Section of the Region

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Ardennais Artists

Numerous works from Ardennais artists, like Eugène Damas and Aristide Croisy,  decorate the walls with timeless creations. A gallery of exhibitions is situated between the courtyard and the garden of the musée de l’Ardenne providing free access to numerous exhibitions of local and international artists.

The words of an expert Carole Marquet-Morelle, Director of musée de l'Ardenne

"A regional museum created for the pleasure of everyone”