The Bar-le-Duc Museum occupies the remains of the old chateau belonging to the Dukes of Bar and Lorraine, located in the heart of the town’s historic quarter, in the Upper Town. It contains an abundance of valuable and diverse collections.

The “petit Louvre”

The museum was founded in 1841 as an encyclopaedic collection to mirror that of the Louvre. It features all forms of production as a means of educating and passing on knowledge. Its 13 rooms give the visitor an opportunity to discover paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century, natural history specimens, decorative art objects, weapons and armour, and archaeological objects from the ancient city of Nasium (modern-day Naix-aux-Forges).

It showcases the various artistic treasures and local characters, including works by the famous St Mihiel Renaissance sculptor Ligier Richier, pottery from Les Islettes, and sculptures by Jean Robert, known as Ipoustéguy.

An ethnographic section raises public awareness of output by non-Western societies. One of the museum’s real finds is a 12th century Taino cemi, a rare vestige from this now extinct people of the Caribbean.

Opening hours

The Bar-le-Duc Museum is open to the public all year round from Wednesday to Sunday between 2pm and 6pm (except on 01/01, 01/05, 01/11 and 25/12).

In July and August, the Bar-le-Duc Museum is open every day from 2pm to 6pm (except on 14/07 and 15/08).


Standard admission: €4
Concessions: €2 (OAPs, and general admission on Saturdays)
Family ticket (2 adults and at least 2 children): €6
Group rate (min. 10 people): €2 per person

Free for under 18s, students, disabled, unemployed, job-seekers and trainee groups, and for general admission on the first Sunday of the month.

The Bar-le-Duc Museum holds events throughout the year. These include concerts, conferences, workshops and storytelling sessions, designed to appeal to all tastes and ages. Whether you’re on your own or part of a group, come and explore the area’s treasures from a different perspective!

For more information, go to : Meuse Grand Sud

And don’t forget to check the museums’ events calendars!


Esplanade du Château
55000 Bar-le-Duc
03 29 76 14 67

Email : musee[at]