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The Museum of Art and Archeology

Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie situé dans l'ancien Palais Épiscopal

The Museum of Art and Archeology, offers a new museography...

Within the walls of a former Episcopal palace, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, has an exceptional collection : ex-voto of the temple of the Halatte forest, paintings of Thomas Couture and Seraphine Louis, which allows visitors to admire in situ a Gallo-Roman accommodation of the 2nd century.

Large archaeological collections: Gallo-Roman (bronze base of a statue engraved with a dedication to Emperor Claudius), 1st century (an exceptional series of votive offerings), Merovingian (jewellery, glassware), Middle Ages (fine statuary).

17th to 19th century paintings: Philippe de Champaigne, Lucas Giordano, Solimena, Corot, Boudin, Sérusier. There are two rooms dedicated to Senlis artists: Thomas Couture* in one, with some important recent additions, and Séraphine de Senlis* and the great 20th century naïve artists, Bombois, Bauchant, Vivin, Peyronnet  Royer, in the second.

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*Thomas Couture  (1815-1879) : Born in Senlis at number 40, place de la Halle, his father was a boot-maker. Moved to Paris, he joined one of the most prominent private workshops, owned by Baron Gros. In 1837 he was awarded the Second Prix de Rome. After his success to the Parisian art exhibition in 1847 with a large painting "les Romains de la Décadence" (Paris, Orsay museum), he opened a workshop where Manet and Puvis de Chavannes were his students. 

A statue of the painter is located on the place between Thomas Couture street and Cours Thoré Montmorency.

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*Séraphine Louis (1864-1942): Born in Arsy, in the Oise, farmwoman, then a cleaner for the sisters Saint Joseph up to 1902. In 1906, she moved to Senlis occupying a house, in the street of the Puits Tiphaine. In 1908-1910, she started to paint, at the gouache, then at the ripolin on objects and furniture. In 1912, Wilhelm Uhde discovered the talented cleaning lady and her relatives. Financially helped, in 1927 she exhibited three large size paintings which were successfully received by the public. She then began to devote herself full time to painting. In 1930, she started to multiply expenses and became eccentric. In 1934, she was interned at the psychiatric hospital of Clermont (Oise), where she died in 1942.

The Museum of Art and Archeology :

The opening hours :

Open from 10 am to 13 pm and from 2 pm to 5.30 pm from wednesday to sunday.
Closed on monday and tuesday, closed also on 25th december, 1st january and 1st may.

Tel. : 0033.
Fax. : 0033.  

Full rate : 6 euros per person.  
Reduced rate : 3,50 euros per person. For groups from 10 persons, students less than 25 years, the elderly. Admission free for the inhabitants of Senlis and children less than 18 years.

Free admission for all on the first Sunday on the month.

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