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The Museums of Sens

The entirety of the Sens collections is gradually being transferred to the former Archbishop's Palace, the diversity and number testifying the richness of the history of Sens and its region.

 

The prehistoric and protohistoric collections are regularly enriched thanks to salvaging excavations. The two treasure houses (Villethierry for the Bronze Age and St-Denis-les-Sens for the Gallic period) are exceptional pieces for the archeological world. 

 

The Gallo-Roman collections are an essential asset of the Sens museum: mortuary steles, mosaic floors and walls in particular, vestiges of a 4th century thermal edifice were found during work on the museum.

 

The Treasure House of the Sens Cathedral and that of Sainte-Foy-de-Conques, are the richest in France and contain many famous pieces. Among the tapestries, there are two 15th century altars facings, depicting the adoration of the Magi and the Coronation of the Virgin. The ancient clothes constitute the base of the Treasure. The majority of these tapestries are woven in silk in ornamental designs.

 

The magnificent collection of liturgical ornaments constitutes a precious historical base: the chasuble of St. Ebbon (7th century), the sacerdotal vestments of St. Thomas Becket (12th century) and St. Edme (13th century). Many fine examples of silverwork, enamels and ivory complete this collection: the Sainte Châsse (12th century reliquary), St. Loup's liturgical comb (7th century), the Sainte Coupe (the Holy Cup).

 

Since 2002, the Museums of Sens have been the home of the important Marrey collection. This remarkable exposition of about 80 works includes Flemish paintings and 19th century landscapes. Two sculptures by Rodin are displayed, as well as furniture by Raymond Subbes and ceramics by Mayodon.

 

Place de la République
89100 SENS
Phone: 03 86 64 46 22
(Access via the synodal palace)

Opening hours:


From October 1st to May 31st:

            • Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10.00 to 12.00
            and from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.
            • Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.
            (morning bookings for groups on request)

June and September:
            from 10.00 to 12.00 a.m. and from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.

July and August: 
            from 10.00 to 18.00 


The Museums are closed on Tuesday