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Museum of Grenoble

See one of France’s most prestigious art museums, with an outstanding collection that holds works by Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and other masters.

Home to a collection of ancient, modern and contemporary art, the Museum of Grenoble takes visitors on a journey through Western painting from the 13th to 20th centuries. See samples of the museum’s 900 works, including many by prominent figures responsible for defining their artistic eras. 

The art house was founded in 1796, making it one of France’s oldest museums. At the time, it was also the first French museum outside of Paris devoted to modern art. In 1994, the museum moved from the 19th-century building it had occupied for more than century. Visit the treasured works in their new home.

The museum’s collection is presented chronologically, laid out along a simple circuit. Begin in the classical wing, which focuses on art from the 13th to late 19th centuries. Look for pieces by famed artists like Rubens, Canaletto, Renoir and local artist Henri Fantin-Latour. 

After exploring the classical wing, move to the second area, which focuses on 20th-century art. Look for works by Picasso, Chagall and Warhol, among other leading artists. Save time for the temporary exhibition area, where the museum hosts two major shows each year. 

Head to the museum’s basement to see its exhibition of ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian paintings, sculptures and other antiquities, which are spread across three rooms. Look for the intricate 15th-century sculpted door panel depicting Jacob and his sons, one of the highlights of this collection. 

Stroll across the glass passageway to an addition of the museum, which is housed in the medieval Tour de l'Isle (Island Tower). This building contains exhibits devoted to graphic arts and drawing. 

Outside the museum, walk along François Mitterrand Esplanade and through Albert Michallon Park, where you’ll find a collection of 20th-century sculptures. Look for important pieces like Zadkine’s Orphée and Gottfried Honegger’s Monoforme 26.

Sunday is one of the best days to visit the Museum of Grenoble because free guided tours are available with the admission price. The museum is located along the riverbank, in Place de Lavalette, and can be reached by both bus and tram.


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Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre $94
Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre

Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre

5 Rue De La Republique, Grenoble, Isere
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Grenoble City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps from Place Grenette and Les Halles Sainte-Claire. Jardin de Ville and Grenoble Theater are also within 5 minutes. Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Sainte-Claire Les Halles Tram Stop is 3 minutes.

    Residhotel Grenette $48
    Residhotel Grenette

    Residhotel Grenette

    12 rue de Palanka, Grenoble, Isere
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Grenoble City Centre, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Place Grenette, Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car, and Jardin de Ville. Grenoble Theater and Les Halles Sainte-Claire are also within 10 minutes. Victor Hugo Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

      Novotel Grenoble Centre $73
      Novotel Grenoble Centre

      Novotel Grenoble Centre

      7 Place Robert Schuman, Grenoble, Isere
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Secteur 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of WTC Grenoble and Minatec. Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car and Jardin de Ville are also within 1 mi (2 km). Palais de Justice Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Saint-Bruno Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

        Citadines City Centre Grenoble $64
        Citadines City Centre Grenoble

        Citadines City Centre Grenoble

        9-11 Rue De Strasbourg, Grenoble, Isere
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Grenoble City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Paul Mistral Park, Museum of Resistance and Deportation, and La Caserne de Bonne. Les Halles Sainte-Claire and Place Grenette are also within 10 minutes. Verdun-Prefecture Tram Stop and Chavant Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

          Hôtel d'Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre
          Hôtel d'Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre

          Hôtel d'Angleterre Grenoble Hyper-Centre

          5 Place Victor Hugo, Grenoble, Isere
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Grenoble City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Grenette, Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car, and Jardin de Ville. Les Halles Sainte-Claire and Grenoble Theater are also within 10 minutes. Victor Hugo Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Hubert Dubedout-Maison du Tourisme Tram Stop is 4 minutes.

            Residhotel Central Gare $42
            Residhotel Central Gare

            Residhotel Central Gare

            8 Place de la Gare, Grenoble, Isere
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Secteur 1, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of WTC Grenoble and Jardin des Dauphins. Minatec and Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Grenoble Station is only a 2-minute walk and Gares Tram Stop is 2 minutes.

              Residhome Caserne de Bonne $66
              Residhome Caserne de Bonne

              Residhome Caserne de Bonne

              21 rue Lazare Carnot, Grenoble, Isere
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Grenoble City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of La Caserne de Bonne and Paul Mistral Park. Place Grenette and Les Halles Sainte-Claire are also within 15 minutes. Foch-Ferrie Tram Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Gustave Rivet Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

                The Originals City, Hôtel Gambetta, Grenoble (Inter-Hotel) $61
                The Originals City, Hôtel Gambetta, Grenoble (Inter-Hotel)

                The Originals City, Hôtel Gambetta, Grenoble (Inter-Hotel)

                59 Boulevard Gambetta, Grenoble, Isere
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Grenoble City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Caserne de Bonne and Paul Mistral Park. MC2 and Museum of Grenoble are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gustave Rivet Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Albert 1er de Belgique Tram Stop is 6 minutes.