During my last trip to France, I visited the Écouen castle with my grandad. Originally built between 1538 and 1550, it was used as a school for the daughters of chevaliers of the Legion d’Honneur between 1807 and 1962. Nowadays, it is home to France’s Renaissance museum, the “Musée national de la Renaissance”.
Located in the Val-d’Oise region relatively far out from the most renown museums of the French capital, it’s not really famous even within France. Nonetheless, it is home to a remarkable collections of artifacts including paintings, tapestries, weapons and ceramics. It’s also stunning to look at from outside.
The Renaissance museum is closed on Tuesdays and open the rest of the week, between 9.30am-12.45pm and 2-5.15pm (because we French love a long lunch break). You can find more info about it here, and a few pictures below: