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“Worth an hour”

Musee de l'hotel Sandelin
Ranked #7 of 25 things to do in Saint-Omer
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth an hour”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We were initially attacted to the place, as it's a stunning building. Though the staff were friendly and pointed us in the right direction, rather than an audio guide, the English accompaniment is a booklet. This didn't seem too bad, but there are times when it's not clear which room to enter next, and the whole thing can seem a bit frustrating. I'd say it's a definite place to go if you speak French, but if your French is rusty, it might be a bit less enjoyable.

Visited March 2014
2 Thank Max B
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Kent, England
Level 6 Contributor
441 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“average even for a local museum”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

We thought this would be an interesting way of spending a spare hour in St Omer but it left us feeling rather frustrated.
There are a few paintings of interest, Brueghel and Belly, and local historical artefacts, but no sign of information in English so you end up ambling by giving a cursory glance at everything but not learning about anything. This seems a wasted opportunity considering the number of English visitors in the town.
The building it's situated in is of passing interest and in the right light would be a worthwhile subject for photography.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Stephen S
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Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Beautiful museum, friendly staff.”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

A museum in a former stately home, with collections covering some of the vanished history of St Omer (e.g. the abbey of St Bertin and the one-time major industry of tobacco pipe manufacture), some interesting pictures, and a series of 18th century salons with beautiful woodwork and furniture - among other things. The building is beautiful in itself, and the museum has a pleasant, unpressurised atmosphere, uncrowded rooms, and exhibits which are well labelled and helpfully displayed. At present there is also a very well presented special exhibition of 12th century manuscripts and works of art. Some good publications and cards available for sale, though this side of the museum could be further developed. They are very keen to have foreign visitors and the staff are particularly welcoming.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank TashaKent
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Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2013

I visited primarily to see the current (April-June 2013) exhibition of medieval art. The display was disappointing: the sculpture was generally well-lit, but the illuminated manuscripts were very badly lit and displayed. Such a wasted opportunity. The permanent collection was generally second-rate, as is to be expected in a small provincial town, which would be fine if it were free or cheap to visit, but 6.50 Euros is far too expensive as an entry-fee for what you get. I would not recommend anyone visit unless they have already run out of other things to do, it's raining, or it's too early to sit outside have a drink.

Visited May 2013
Thank JdeP
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