MUSÉE HISTORIQUE SAINT-REMI - ABBAYE ROYALE
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Housed in the buildings of the former royal abbey of Saint-Remi, classified as a World Heritage Site in 1991 by UNESCO, this museum allows visitors to discover the history of the abbey but also the Gallo-Roman past of the city, its military history and regional archaeology. Four sections take visitors to different rooms. In the refectories and the kitchen of the abbey, we discover Durocorturum, capital of the Roman imperial province of Belgium. On the first floor, prehistory, protohistory, Gallo-Roman craftsmanship and medieval collections from the Merovingian period to the 16th century are shown in seven rooms.
The collection unfolds chronologically from the Roman conquest to the 1870 war, with a particular interest in the military past of the Reims region, the scene of famous episodes such as the battle of Valmy or the battle of Reims on 13 March 1814, which was Napoleon I's last victory.
Amongst the 600 items on display, the admirably preserved collection of helmets and cuirasses dating back to the time of Charles X is particularly noteworthy. The Second Empire and the War of 1870 are also well represented by weapons, equipment and uniforms but also by a painting by Edouard Detaille. In this majestic architecture, the holy bulb used for the coronation of the kings of France was preserved.
The abbey is illustrated by the cloister, the old medieval parlor from the 13th century, the grand staircase (1700), the chapter house from the Middle Ages and three rooms devoted to the chronology of the site. In the abbey's refectory and kitchen (17th century), visitors can discover the former capital of the Roman imperial province of Belgium, while the first floor houses a chronological tour tracing the past of the Rheims region from prehistoric times to the Merovingian era. On this same level, the collections linked to the history of the abbey are presented, in particular the Tapestry of the life of Saint Remi, made up of ten large tapestries dating from the Renaissance, as well as the impressive reconstruction of the façade of the 13th century Musicians' House, decorated with five statues of minstrels. During the wars of the Revolution and the Empire, the former abbey was transformed into a French military hospital before becoming a Russian hospital in 1814. The king's bodyguards were stationed there during the coronation of Charles X in 1825.
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Closed on January 1st, May 1st, July 14th, 1st and November 11th and on December 25th. Open Monday to Friday from 2pm to 6.30pm. Saturdays and Sunday from 2pm to 7pm. Free each first Sunday of each month, students, beneficiaries of the RSA, unemployed people, young people registered with the Local mission for the Youth of Reims, disabled people. Adult: €5. Child (from 18 to 25 years old): €3 (and +65 years). Group (20 people): €3. Rate in partial closing: €4. Exemption from payment for the veterans (only museums rendering and strong of Pompelle) and reduced rate for the friendly members of associations of the museums of Reims. Accessibility with the disabled guests only at the ground floor. Guided tour (€4 besides the admission ticket). Shop.
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