Esplanade of the Grenoble Museum

Cultural heritage : Historic site and monument 9.3/10 Excellent

The Esplanade is a pleasant green space, created in 1993/1994. It hosts 3 works of modern art: Mr. Loyal, a stabile by Alexander Calder, the Polar Star by Mark di Suvero and a sculpture, "Young girl standing" created by Marcel-Antoine Gimond.

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On its site were succeeded, until the wars of religion:
-the Cordeliers' convent and the city's fortifications
-then the citadel built by the duke of Lesdiguières, of which two sections of the walls still remain today on the side of the Jongkind quay
- and finally a large barracks, the Vinoy barracks, destroyed in the 1980s.

Near the quay still stands the massive Tour de l'Isle, completed around 1418, a vestige of the city's fortifications.
The esplanade is home to 3 modern works of art: Alexander Calder's Monsieur Loyal, stabile (1968), Mark di Suvero's Polar Star (1972) and a sculpture, "Jeune fille debout", created in 1934 by Marcel-Antoine Gimond.


Free access.

Opening periods

From 01/01 to 31/12, daily.

Equipments and characteristics

  • Pets refused
  • Parking


Tramway B, stop Notre-Dame museum

  • Latitude: 45.194235
  • longitude: 5.732151


  • Town location
  • In centre of town
  • Pedestrian area
  • Close to a public transportation

See also