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The castle of Saumur
Online VisitExhibitions

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The Museum

Figured in all its splendour on the illuminations of the Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry, the castle has had an eventful history, narrowly escaping demolition. The 11th century Romanesque tower was surrounded by four round towers before being levelled. Louis I of Anjou transformed the castle into a palace. His son, Louis II, gave it its present silhouette in the 15th century. If the memory of King Rene remains, the castle remained after his death, for a century, uninhabited, before welcoming in 1589 the Protestant governor Duplessis-Mornay. The latter built around the castle a citadel with bastions and redans completed long after his dismissal required by Louis XIII. Under Louis XIV, the castle, a place of garrison and prison, deteriorated badly and his assignment to state prison by Napoleon I saved it from ruin.
In 1906, the castle was purchased by the City of Saumur, which undertook its restoration to house the municipal museum, labeled Musée de France, including the collection of Count Charles Lair.
An exceptional collection of decorative arts, consisting of furniture, tapestries and ceramics from the 14th to 18th century, occupies part of the first floor of the castle. The horse collection, a jewel worthy of a world equestrian capital, is presented through a selection of harness pieces from Antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century.

Focal points

History, Architecture , Palaces & Castles


49400 SAUMUR
+33 241402440

Opening hours

The Château-Musée is open to the public from 1 April to 30 June and from 1 September to 30 September, from Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm.

From 1 July to 31 August, 7 days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm.

from October 1st to December 31st, Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays Mondays from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5.30pm.


Plein tarif / full rate 8 € / full rate 8 €.
Tarif réduit / reduced rate* € 6

Family rate (2 adults, 2 children)
Family deal (2 adults + 2 children)
24 € (+ 1.50 € per additional child / + 1.5 € per additional child)

Gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 7 ans / Free for children under 7

Thematic visits for children with a cultural mediator
Themed tours for kids With a cultural guide
extra : 2€.

ACCESS TO BELVÉDÈRE with a guide, from June 1st to September 30th
(8 people maximum)
ACCESS TO BELVEDERE, accompanied by a guide, from 1st June to 30th September
(8 people maximum)
extra : 3 €.

Group rate adults from 12 people
Adult group rate 12 or more individuals
6,00 €

Reduced group rate from 12 people
Reduced group rate, 12 or more individuals*
5,00 €

Guided tours

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