3 bis, rue Jean Jaures - 86000 POITIERS
 +33 5 49 41 07 53
The Holy Cross museum, built in 1974, is the first museum of Poitou-Charentes for the richness of its art and archeology collections.

Regional Prehistory is represented with an exceptional collection of engravings of the Cave of the March (located in Lussac-les-Châteaux). The ancient Gallo-Roman introduces the visitor to the city of Pictones under the protective gaze of Athena marble statue grade of the 1st century AD. BC Beautiful carved sarcophagi testify to the art of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. A series of sculptures recalls the extraordinary influence of the novels workshops in Poitou.

The fine arts route goes from the 14th century to contemporary art. The major artistic movements of the 19th century (neoclassicism, Orientalism, Ingrisme, symbolism) invite visitors to the remarkable set of seven sculptures of Camille Claudel. The modern art of the early 20th century is brilliantly illustrated by paintings of Mondrian, Bonnard, Vuillard, Sisley, Marquet ...

Opening hours:

From January 1 to June 20, 2017 and September 18 to December 31:
Tuesday to Friday: 10h-18h
Saturday and Sunday: 13h-18h

June 21 to September 17
Tuesday to Sunday: 10h-18h
Tuesday night until 20h

Closed Mondays and the following holidays:
1 January, 1 and 8 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December

Current exhibitions:

Marguerite and Faust, a tragic love in fine
Until January 8, 2017
The Sainte-Croix Museum continues its policy of exchanges and partnerships with national and territorial museums to host regular "guest of a new museum" and promote the discovery of works related to museum collections of Poitiers.
It provides an overview of Goethe's Faust around the character of Marguerite, with three works from museums of Poitiers, Orléans and Cognac, in a theatrical scenography.

Poitou painting
Until July 3, 2017
Number of regional artists continued their careers Paris but have not forgotten their homeland. Rich legacy lessons of the great artistic movements of their time, they have worked to deliver true portraits of their villages and countryside childhood, lingering on the atmospheric effects, light, landscape composition rural.Ces centers artistic interest are also found in urban landscapes where heritage buildings such as Notre-Dame-la-Grande of Poitiers, often the main subject of their canvas, genuine historical witness of time passing and transmitted heritage.

History of a renaissance Two remarkable sculptures in Poitou in 1500
From Saturday, December 10
The Sainte-Croix Museum celebrates two recent exceptional gifts:a Madonna and Child and Saint Joseph of the late Middle Ages, their restoration has revealed a beautiful quality of execution, without comparison in the area to the late 15th century. Two works to discover new insights artistic exchanges at a crossroads between the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
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3 bis, rue Jean Jaures
Tel : +33 5 49 41 07 53
Fax : +33 5 49 88 61 63

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Tarif entrée 1 adulte (le dimanche)
2 euros
Tarif groupe adulte (à partir de 5 personnes)
2 euros
Tarif réduit des visites commentées
2 euros
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4 euros
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4 euros
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4.50 euros
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6 euros
Anniversaires (enfants hors de Poitiers)
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45, place Charles de Gaulle - BP 377 - 86009 Poitiers cedex
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From 21 September to 19 June: from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
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