Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont Tours
57, rue Groison
Phone: (33) 2 47466500
Fax: (33) 2 47466501
Arts & Museums
Dating back to the 15th Century, the Hôtel Goüin building of Tours is one of the finest examples of early Renaissance style architecture seen today. Originally built as a hôtel particulier or a townhouse, it today houses the collections of the Archaeological Society of Touraine. Flanked by a impressive stone gate and large double doors along with intricate stone carvings on its walls, the house is a major architectural landmark of the region.
Located in the old part of Tours, near Place Plumereau, this museum was officially inaugurated in 1828 and is spread over four floors. It displays world-class permanent and temporary exhibitions, and also includes a library and shop. Whether you spend half an hour or a whole day, you can be sure you'll learn something about animals, science, ecology, biology and vegetation. The museum is particularly renowned for its exhibition of fossils and rocks from the Tours region.
The Tours Fine Art Museum was created in 1801. It contains a great collection of artwork that spans many genres, for instance: neo-classicism with works by Suvée and Taillasson, romanticism with works by Vinchon, orientalism with works by Belly, Chassériau and Delacroix, realism with works by Bastien-Lepage, Cazin and Gervex, and impressionism with works by Monet and Degas. Some famous sculptures by Rodin, Barye, David d'Angers and Bourdelle are also on display, as well as 20th Century masterpieces by Geneviève Asse, Calder, Davidson, Debré, Maurice Denis, Zao Wou-ki and more.