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The Museum of Sacred Art occupies the southern aisle in the old St Mihiel Benedictine abbey. It showcases Meuse’s religious art through a variety of gold and silverware and sculptures.

The collections in St Mihiel’s Museum of Sacred Art comprise ornaments and liturgical furnishings, including an outstanding series of gold and silverware from the period spanning the 13th to the 20th century, and various sculptures. A collection of “dressed wax figures” are testament to the sheer volume of production in Lorraine in the 18th century. These elegant objects were very much tied to devotion and popular piety.

By following a themed tour in chronological order, visitors can appreciate the various shapes and functions of the objects on display, as well as the changes that occurred in liturgical practices between the Middle Ages and the second half of the 20th century.

St Mihiel’s Museum of Sacred Art was the result of a strong local determination to preserve, study and enhance the wealth of religious heritage in Meuse.  It enables local communities to deposit objects that might not otherwise be safe. Of the 2,000 works in the museum’s collections, 30% are objects deposited by people living in Meuse. The other items have been acquired through donations or purchases by the Meuse department.

Museum visits can be extended by exploring the old Benedictine library and its 18th century-styled decor. The streets of St Mihiel are signposted with directions to help you discover the town’s heritage and past.

Opening hours

1 January to 31 March / 1 November to 31 December:

  • Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:30
  • Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm

April 1 to June 14:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1.30 pm to 6 pm

June 15 to September 15:

  • Monday to Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Sundays from 1.30pm to 6pm

September 16 to October 31:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays from 13:30pm – 6pm
Prices

Standard admission: €3

Joint ticket for admission to the Benedictine Library: €6, €4.50 for students and Pass Lorraine holders.

Free for under 12s.

The Art Museum is involved in events organised by the Ministry of Culture, such as Museums Night, and the European Heritage Days. The rest of the year features a range of shows, concerts and conferences. Ask us for a programme ! The museum can be accessed by persons with reduced mobility. There is a tactile gallery for visually impaired persons.

Children can find out about the museum using a fun activity book , and there is a special play area where they can read, colour in or simply let their minds wander. Discover the secrets of sculpture and goldsmithery with our workshop tours, held during school holidays for children aged 7 and over. These workshops are free of charge. Check out the programme !

Groups can tour the museum or the current temporary exhibition either unaccompanied or with an approved guide. Information is available from the Cœur de Lorraine Tourist Office.

Meuse’s museums educational service offers a range of options for exploring the collections in St Mihiel’s Museum of Sacred Art. The themes of these events do not focus on the objects’ religious character, although this is often used as a starting point for exploring the monotheistic religions listed in the programmes, along with secularity. Each event is tailored to the students' ability levels and what they are studying at school or in class. Coming face to face with works of art and being able to observe first-hand enable students to develop a range of cross-cutting skills in art history and an appreciation of the role of a museum. From pre-school to university

  • What is a museum?
  • “Animals” discovery tour
  • “Plants” discovery tour
  • Sculpture, materials, techniques and expressiveness
  • St Nicolas through sculpture

In addition to these events, groups can also discover the Renaissance heritage of St Mihiel and two major works by the town's homegrown sculptor, Ligier Richier: Le Sépulcre, St Etienne Church and La Pâmoison de la Vierge, St Michel Church. To assist those on self-guided tours, we provide a free teacher’s educational guide and information pack for each student. If you would prefer to have a guide, the Cœur de Lorraine Tourist Office offers this option for a fee.
Contact : Marie-Laure Milot m-laure.milot@ac-nancy-metz.fr  / 03 29 90 70 50 ((Monday and Tuesday)

Adress
Links

1 rue du Palais de Justice
55300 Saint-Mihiel

03 29 89 06 47 (Cœur de Lorraine Tourist Office)

Email : accueil[at]coeurdelorraine-tourisme.fr