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.
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.
"A regional museum created for the pleasure of everyone”