MUDO - Musee de l'Oise, Beauvais

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The Musée départemental de l'Oise is a museum in the former bishop's palace in Beauvais, Oise, in northern France. It is classified as a historical monument.Building historyThe museum is housed in the former palace of the Bishop of Beauvais, who was also the Count of Beauvais and a peer of France. The original palace was built on a Roman wall below the Beauvais Cathedral by Henry of France, son of King Louis VI of France and Bishop of Beauvais from 1149 to 1161. Following a riot in the 14th century the bishop built a fortified entrance guarded by two towers. In the 16th century Bishop Louis Villiers de l’Isle Adam (1497–1521) rebuilt the palace in Renaissance style with Gothic decoration. The clock tower in the facade holds a stairway leading up to a belfry with three bells, one of them made in 1506.After the French Revolution the palace was made the seat of the prefecture in 1800, then returned to the bishopric in 1822. In 1846 it became a courthouse. In 1848 Prosper Mérimée had the building placed on the list of historical monuments. The court moved out of the building in 1973, and renovations were made between 1974 and 1981, when the museum opened. The building began to show structural problems caused by the many visitors, and was closed to the public in 1997. Temporary exhibitions were given in the structurally sound sections of the building. A renovation project was started in 2013 and the museum reopened in January 2015. The renovation cost over €9.5 million, supported by the Oise Department in partnership with the Picardy Region.
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  • This small museum, with free entrance, is a quick "add on" if you visit the St Pierre cathedral (which you should, if in the neighbourhood!). The building itself is worth a visit, especially the...  more »
  • Good selection of paintings displayed in the former Bishop's Palace. When we went there was also a display of porcelain on the top floor. The exterior of the building is interesting in it's own...  more »
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  • Lovely free museum several floors of exhibits, including the attic.
  • Lovely and wonderful place to visit.opens every day except Tuesday..

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