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The museum boasts an extensive and varied collection from the Renaissance period.

The Renaissance represents a golden age for discoveries and inventions, including the refinement of navigational techniques, cartography and astronomy.

The sixteenth century is characterised by a fascination for the marvellous and the savage: new worlds have just been discovered, with populations and animals that were previously unknown in old Europe.

Antiquity was also rediscovered during the sixteenth century and was to become an important source of inspiration for the artistic movement of the Renaissance, which started in Italy.
The Renaissance was introduced to Normandy very early by patrons such as Georges d’Amboise and Thomas Bohier.

You can see just how rich this artistic movement was in the architecture, through the splendour of its decor and furniture.