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Palais du Tau

2 Place Cardinal Lucon, 51072, Reims, France
+33 3 26 47 81 79
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The former palace of the Bishops of Reims has been closely linked to the History of France over the centuries. Monarchs resided in the Palais of Tau prior to their coronation and returned here after the ceremony for the traditional feast and celebrations in the vast banqueting hall. The most precious artefacts in the treasury are the remains of the Holy Ampulla, used since the anointing of Clovis in the 5th century, and the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne. The original statues from Reims Cathedral are also on display in addition to seventeen magnificent tapestries portraying the life of the Virgin. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 6th May to 8th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 9th September to 5th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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2 Place Cardinal Lucon, 51072, Reims, France
+33 3 26 47 81 79
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Unfortunately, we saw it only from outside. It is an old building which contains a lot of tapestries. It is very close to the Cathedral.

Thank Rosario_it
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great self-guided tour in this historic living museum. The tapestries were amazing and some of the best we saw on our European trip. The old walls of the structure were equally impressive (rebuilt following the wars?). Many artifacts like outfits and jewelry from coronations over...More

Thank KevinG5050
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed seeing the old (re-built) building and the salvaged statues, etc., from the cathedral damaged during WWI. Many of the exhibits would have been more meaningful to us if there had been more English explanations. Some articles do have English and these were helpful....More

Thank Doug W
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Interesting Museum next to the cathedral. Excellent tapestries. French coronations took place here and there are some artifacts. Also has original but badly eroded sculptures taken from the Cathedral exterior. Museum is large with many steps.

Thank cordyroy
Reviewed 11 May 2017

This is located right next to the cathedral. There is a fee to enter. There are beautiful tapestries and sculptures to see and picture-taking is allowed (no flash)

Thank Nancy R
Reviewed 29 April 2017

The Palais du Tau is a museum that documents much of the art and tradition involved in the coronation procedure of the kings of France. It is adjacent to the Cathedral so it is a recommended visit in order to better appreciate the historical monument....More

Thank Chepenato
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

This museum is a great flash back to when Reims was highly influential. They have some very impressive pieces from kings and popes from by gone times. If you want to learn and have a keen interest in history, an absolute must.

Thank Magnus C
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Very interesting and especially the treasure. But also some of the original statues of the cathedral: huge! Check out the one of Goliath

Thank Giuliano G
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Nice place to see some treasures of some French kings. It is a small museum but you must have seen it. Good place for those who love to take pictures

Thank William_Mieke
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Some really interesting crown jewel type of exhibits and many very large tapestries. Good summary history over coronations. But for me just two much on the architecture , residual ruined items, and rebuilding A visit for some, but probably not for the younger citizens

Thank Orcaorca
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