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“Nice Small Museum”

Musee Gustave Courbet
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Ornans
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Departmental Courbet museum presents the life and work of Gustave Courbet, realistic painter from Ornans, through a rich permanent exhibition of over 70 works. The permanent collection evokes Ornans to Paris, his life, the aesthetic revolution he led, artistic circles he frequented, and political and social commitments. The museum organizes two temporary exhibitions each year and offers many activities: concerts, storytelling, shows, conferences, etc., detailed in our "cultural programming" quarterly.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Oakland, CA
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146 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Nice Small Museum”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

An intimate museum featuring works of Courbet, mainly portraits, landscapes and early works. None of his most controversial pieces are here or his large canvasses. But the museum does a good job explaining the progression of his work, the role politics played in his life, and his place in art history. A nice audio/visual presentation talks about his large canvass work focusing on "Funeral at Ornans". The museum is located on the Loue's River in the pleasant village of Ornans. Wander through the small central district afterwards. There are some nice bakeries and chocolate shops.

Visited August 2013
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English first
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112 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Countryside Old House Engulfed by Modern Museum”
Reviewed 28 October 2012

The town of Ornans is a bit like a mini Venice. The Courbet House/Museum is right on the river bank. In fact the see-through staircase of this museum is built over the water, providing an odd sensation as you look at the river below your feet. I enjoyed the paintings and furniture in what had been the Courbet family home. Small scale and pleasant.

Visited October 2012
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Clare, United Kingdom
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182 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“A really excellent small museum”
Reviewed 1 October 2012

Covers Courbets life comprehensivey, with a great selection of his work, and a good video in English

Visited September 2012
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