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Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The only château in the Loire Valley built in the riverbed itself, the Château de Montsoreau was commissioned by Jean II de Chambes, a close advisor to King Charles VII, in 1450. Many famous figures have left their mark on its history, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Anne of Brittany, Claude of France, Henry IV of France and Francis I. Its avant-garde architecture has inspired artists from Rodin to Turner and writers from Flaubert to Alexandre Dumas. Transformed into a contemporary art museum and opened in 2016, the Château de Montsoreau is a new art venue just two hours from Paris in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage listed area. Stretching for more than 2,000 m², it boasts a permanent collection of artworks linked to the Art & Language movement, and is believed to be the world’s largest collection of works by this group of artists involved in the founding of Conceptual Art.
Reviewed 12 September 2013

NOt a great chateau but good spot to take some excellent photos of the Loire. Interesting sound and light show. Worth a visit.

Thank Lisa M
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ChateaudeMontsoreau, Responsable relations clients at Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2013

Thank you for your visit and the publication on trip advisor. The chateau of Montsoreau is the only one on the Loire, and the best place to discover and take picture of the river
Hope you enjoy your holidays on the Loire Valley.
Delphine

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Lovely chateau on the outside, great service by a very friendly young woman, but pretty sparse interior. It did have this very interesting light show with some mannequins and female medieval dresses being projected onto them (I really liked this). But that was all in the interior. Fab views over the Loire. But for what is in the chateau, it definitely isn't worth €8.90 for a single adult. I paid €11.00 to get into Chenonceau and I was there for 3 hours longer than this place (total visit 40 minutes). If you want to pay for the views, this will more than please you, but expect nothing from the interior.

Thank mattxjl3259
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Chateau de Montsoreau is a beautiful castle in good repair. Visiters climb from the basement, to the main halls, to the roof terraces, where there is an awesome view of the Loire and town of Montsoreau. The castle is unfurnished and the records of the castle’s history have been lost. Instead of showing what castle life was like, there are wonderful displays that explain the history of the Loire River’s commerce and environmental patterns. I was glad to see this chateau before I saw others that were more developed historically. Visitors are given a pamphlet with explanations of each room written in their native language. There are also short descriptions in English on plaques in each room.

Montsoreau is in a great wine producing area. After touring the castle, visitors get a free wine tasting.

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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Having visited our share of Loire chateaux before seeing Montsoreau, we were delighted with the artistic interpretation and presentation at Montsoreau. Montsoreau presents the history of the Loire river - its importance to France - within the walls and rooms of the castle. Stunning views of the Loire from the wall-tops.

From details of the boats specially designed to navigate shallow, ever changing waters, the commerce up and down stream, the geology of the river bed, the building of levees, and the changing meaning of weather vanes over time, this was a welcome divergence from the excesses of the various Louis-es, (Louis XVI is dead already?!) Henri-s, and their mistresses.

Definitely a treat for history buffs and the technically oriented.

Thank Aleta R
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ChateaudeMontsoreau, Responsable relations clients at Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Thank you very much for all these encouragement for the season.
Indeed, the château has an exceptional location, with the Loire which is majestic, troglodyte cellars, vineyard and just between the beautiful cities of Saumur and Tours.
Best regards,
Aline

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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Firstly it's beautifully situated on the banks of the Vienne, in fact it's on the confluence of La Loire and La Vienne so you can see where the rivers meet in the change of colour.

Secondly, well preserved mediaeval chateau with an enthralling history of the great rivers; the trade, the occupants over centuries, well steeped in history.

Thirdly, the views "inland" of troglodyte village, spectacularly peculiar.

fourthly the drive from Saumur along the Loire, spying the chateau in the distance (on the other side) very appealing and enticing.

I could probably go on, but will finish by saying that if you are visiting the Loire valley, then this chateau is well worth the trip.

Thank Haberdasher
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