Nantes museums and the surrounding areas

If you are looking for something to do in Nantes during winter, the cold days or when it’s raining, I’ve got something for you: what would you say to a little tour around one of the Nantes region’s museums?

Nantes is a very cultural city, it is mainly known for its urban installations but also has many museums. There are no less than five metropolitan museums. Twelve other private and public museums have just added themselves to the list in the area. Needless to say, there is something for everyone, to pass the time and you’ll definitely find your happy place. I’ve lived in Nantes for several years and I have still never found the time to visit them all but I’m sharing my best picks and some good plans on getting the most out of the museums in Nantes.

5 museums to visit in Nantes

  • Musée d’histoire de la ville au château: To learn everything about Nantes, its past and periods of time that have shaped the city we know today.
  • The Natural History Museum : This museum has very pretty collections: skeletons, wood species, minerals,… the building in itself really deserves the detour. Vintage and very authentic, you’ll be charmed by its ‘cabinet of curiosities’.
  • Maison du lac de Grand-Lieu: You have to go a little outside of Nantes to see this, but this place will enable you to understand the biggest plain lake in France, in winter. The visit concludes at the perfumer Guerlain’s hunting lodge, guarantee you’ll be awestruck by the view!
  • Musée d’Arts de Nantes : It was reopened in 2017 after several years of renovation work. Here we can discover 12,000 ancient and contemporary pieces in a stunning setting. There are also temporary exhibitions that are regularly renewed.
  • Château de la Goulaine : Visiting a castle is always nice, especially when it houses the LU confectionary museum, this really is worth a little detour. A real piece of Nantes history can be found here.

Some tips for getting the most out of the Nantes museums without spending a fortune

In Nantes, municipal museums are free the first Sunday of the month from September to June. There’s obviously a lot more people than normal but it is also very nice to see the museums full of life.

If you want to visit several museums in the city:

  • The Inter Musées Pass gives you access to five metropolitan museums a year for €20
  • le Pass Nantes, gives you a cheaper entrance fee, great if you want to visit several different places in the city over a short period of time (1-3 days)

And don’t forget, if you’re less than 26 years old or a student, you can also get cheaper tariffs in most cultural places!

Happy Visiting! 😉

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