Do you like art? Every kind of art? Well, Grenoble is the right place for you.
The city hosts no less than fifteen museums and art galleries, and Grenoble itself is like an open-air museum, thanks to a large number of pieces of art or sculptures disseminated all across the town – should you be an art amateur, yet suffering from claustrophobia, this is good news for you.
With art inside and art outside, Grenoble offers a wide panel of chef d’oeuvres for everyone: ride your bike or the tram to track and find three Calder statues in the city. You may also get deep down into the city’s bowels to explore Saint Oyand’s crypt. You like it both ways? Excellent.
Now is the time to visit Grenoble’s Museum and no, this is not just-another-paintings-museum. Once in the museum’s large and airy lobby, let the space and light catch you up – so that you can fully appreciate the collections. Let the magic operate and, maybe, come back another day – who knows: paintings and sculptures may slightly change overnight ?
For a romantic getaway back in 19th century, pay a visit (on tiptoes, of course) to Stendhal’s apartment and let the history speak for itself. Later on, you might as well enjoy contemporary art and exhibitions at the CNAC – forget about the place’s majesty and just let yourself get carried away by fascinating – yet a little unusual – artists. This was a fine day.
Now, if you are in need of fresh air, climb up La Bastille to visit Centre d’Art Bastille, or CAB, a unique exhibition centre dedicated to modern art nested in the heart of historical blockhouses. While strolling, track all the famous graffiti on Bastille site and on your way back, discover the stunning pieces of art standing in Paul Mistral park – a legacy of 1967 International Symposium of contemporary sculpture. Enough culture and sports at once for the day – tomorrow is another day to discover more about Grenoble’s art treasures, a delight for amateurs.
> Grenoble Museum of art
Considered one of the fi nest museums in Europe for its ancient and 20th century art collections, the Grenoble Museum of Art traces the history of Western art from the 13th century to today in its permanent exhibit, which includes more than
5 place de Lavalette
Tel. 04 76 63 44 44
> The Magasin – CNAC
Located in a hall built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris and then disassembled and transported to Grenoble for the Bouchayer-Viallet factories, Le Magasin is France’s second largest contemporary art center. Under the immense umbrella of glass and steel, the center houses temporary art exhibits by world-renowned artists.
155 cours Berriat
Tel. 04 76 21 95 84
> The Grenoble Archeology Museum at Saint Laurent
A major archeology site, the GAM at Saint Laurent bears witness to nearly 20 centuries of urban, religious, and human history in Grenoble. From the fi rst 4th century mausoleums to the 19th century church, the site has stood the test of time and built up layers of history since the beginning of Christianity.
Tel. 04 76 44 78 68
> The dauphinois Museum
Located on the slopes of the Bastille, looking over the Isère River and the rooftops of the city, the Dauphinois Museum is housed in the former Saint Marie d’en Haut convent which dates from the 17th century. It presents the life and culture of the Dauphinois Alps, with each exhibit as an investigation into history but also a look at modern times.
30 rue Maurice Gignoux
Tel. 04 57 58 89 01
> Natural History Museum
Discover the minerals, animals, and fossils of the Alps. Outside the museum, the botanical garden offers a 22,000m2 oasis of verdant calm.
1 rue Dolomieu
Tel. 04 76 44 05 35
> The Stendhal Museum
This museum includes several sites--the apartment where Stendhal was born, the Gagnon apartment (that of Stendhal’s grandfather), and the collection preserved at the Bibliothèque d’études library—to give the public the opportunity to learn more about the literary works of this prolifi c Romantic author. A historic visit through the old center allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the author of The Life of Henri Brulard, an autobiographic novel that takes place in 19th century Grenoble
20, Grand Rue
Tel. 04 76 86 52 08
> Hébert Museum
Somewhere between romanticism and symbolism, the former summer residence of the artist Ernest Hébert (1817- 1908) pays tribute to the painter and his work. The gardens have been labeled as “Remarkable Gardens” by the French Minister of Culture.
Tel. 04 76 42 97 35