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Museums

Here's our pick of some of the best museums in Burgundy ranging from aircraft and motorbikes to the Résistance movement, the writer Colette and the Treasures of Vix. The Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Musée des Beaux Arts alongside in Dijon are two of France's national treasures.

Bibracte

 

Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune

One thinks of the Celts, or Gauls as rather rough cave-like people but a visit to Bibracte, the Museum of Celtic Civilisation soon dispels this idea.

 

No fusty painting or wall hangings here, but fast mean machines. Boys toys of all descriptions from fighter jets to Abarth sports cars, motor bikes and model planes. This is a collector's paradise.

     

Hospices de Beaune

 

Musée Archéologique

Museums in Burgundy, FranceWalking around the town of Beaune, you might well ask, where is this famous building with the multi-coloured roof? The beauty of the Hôtel-Dieu lies within…

 

Housed in the splendid Abbaye St-Bénigne, the treasures from the site of the Source of the Seine are on view, plus other exhibits tracing the beginning of Burgundy.

     

Musée Colette

 

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Always the darling of scandal, Colette had a deep affection for her native Burgundy, and the Puisaye where she was born.

 

Home to the magnificent tombs of the Dukes of Bourgogne, this museum contains the finest collection of paintings and sculptures outside of Paris.

     

Musée de la Résistance en Morvan

 

Musée de l'Aventure du Son

The British TV series 'Allo, Allo' may have popularised the work of the Resistance Movement in the Second World War, but a visit to the Resistance Museum in the Morvan Forest paints the true picture.

 

We take TV, CDs, DVDs for granted but who invented the technology to record sound? It all began with phonographs, radios and more…

     

Musée du Châtillonnais

 

Musée de la Faïence de Nevers

To see a huge bronze vase made in 6C BCE, standing 1.64 m high, in perfect condition is breath-taking. This is the Treasure of Vix.

 

Impressive surroundings for an impressive collection of Faïence decorative china, glass, sculptures and paintings.

     

Arc-et-Senans

 

Salins-les-Bains

UNESCO Heritage Site – Ledoux’s vision in town planning in Franche-Comté

 

UNESCO Heritage Site – Salt mine in operation for 1200 years, open to visitors in Franche-Comté