Grenoble is a nice and characteristic city on the Rhone, at the very feet of the Alps. Despite being so close to the highest mountain range in Europe, Grenoble is mostly flat, so tourists can visit the town’s amenities with ease. The whole town is visible from the Bastille, a medieval fortress, that is now reachable by a fun ride on Les Bulles – the Bubbles – a cable-car service. Oh, and the art galleries and museums are top-notch. Check them out…
Musée de Grenoble
The Musée de Grenoble is home to a number of masterpieces by some of the greatest European artists from the Renaissance to the contemporary age. Visitors can admire paintings by Ingres, Canaletto, Rubens and many others. Huge names of contemporaneity, such as Picasso, Delaunay and one of the most recent acquisitions, Giorgio Morandi, are also a part of the permanent collection, while others find there place during temporary exhibits. There is also a section dedicated to ancient history, and there’s even an Egyptian mummy on display!
Musée de Grenoble, 5 place Lavalette, Grenoble, France, +33 4 76 63 44 44
Galerie Vent des Cimes
Founded in 1966, Galerie Vent des Cimes is set in the heart of Grenoble. A variety of paintings and sculptures in all kind of materials find their place in this contemporary art gallery. It hosts temporary exhibitions of young, upcoming artists as well as more established ones. It’s also easy to keep track of the events in calendar, such as vernissages in the presence of artists, just by visiting the gallery’s Facebook page or website.
Galerie Vent des Cimes, 25 avenue Alsace-Lorraine, Grenoble, France, +33 4 76 46 20 09
More Art Tea
Just by the name of this unique space, it’s immediately clear that More Art Tea gives the concept of art gallery a whole new meaning. Stepping in, visitors will see comfortable armchairs and tables, right next to art pieces, actually made for sitting. This gallery combines two of the greatest pleasures in life: art and tea. People going for a visit can sit down and relax, have a tea, treat themselves to a cupcake and wallow in the creativity. The gallery also offers courses and workshops held by featured artists.
Ka&Nao is all you would expect of a contemporary art gallery: wide spaces, lights, minimalism and, of course, art. Art is everywhere, surrounding visitors and immersing them in displays at every turn. The gallery hosts temporary exhibitions too, featuring all kinds of mediums, from painting to scupture, design to installation.
Ka&Nao, 6 rue Aubert Dubayet, Grenoble, France, +33 6 07 46 12 99
Musée Archeologique Grenoble
For travellers more into ancient history than contemporary art, the MuséeArcheologique Grenoble really is a must! The MAG (as it’s known locally) is set inside the Saint-Laurent Church, right on top of an ancient necropolis on the right bank of the Isère river. Visitors have the extraordinary chance to visit a unique archeological site, discovering part of the history of Christianity and unravelling stories of the city itself. Right below the Carolingian Church, the graves and the crypts are open to the public, putting on display some finely decorated pieces from the Middle Ages.
MAG, Place Saint-Laurent, Grenoble, France, +33 4 76 44 78 68
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