The Museum which takes its name from a local archaeologist and scholar who donated his collection to the town in 1927 was opened to the public in 1983.
However, the museum’s origins go back further than that; in fact, in 1862 a wealthy local man, Monsieur de Brécourt’s successors gave the town a collection of 2000 stuffed birds as well as other items. The museum later suffered from the fact that it was repeatedly moved from one place to another and also from the bombing of Vernon in 1940.
The idea of founding a new museum saw the day again in 1964, when the town purchased the former police station, and, when it received a large donation (works by Steinlen). Significant rebuilding and conversion work was thus undertaken. The project aimed to do two things: first of all, to create a place which could house both everything that could be saved from the former museum, as well as the many works recently acquired by the town. The other reason behind this idea was to save one of the only private mansions in the town to remain standing after the war.
The 3 sections which make up Vernon museum, now housed in a former private mansion and which make it so original are: the animal-focused Art with its collection of animal sculptures comprised of over 300 pieces including the works of Bonnard, Di Falco, Pompon and Prost; the Giverny artists collection which includes some twenty works, namely some of Monet’s paintings in round format (which are, in fact, to be found nowhere else in the county and finally the drawings section which houses a collection of more than 250 of Steinlen’s works, added to which are some produced by Poulbot, Sem Woop and Robert Noir.
2015 Exhibitions :
Rosa Bonheur – From 25th April 2015 to 20th September 2015
Vernon Museum’s hidden treasures – From 8th November 2014 to 8th March 2015
The ‘Sur le vif’ exhibition (Real life observation) – From 5th December 2014 to 17th May 2015
Opening times :
From 1st January to 31st March and from 1st November to 31st December:
Open from Tuesday to Friday from 2p.m until 5.30p.m and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2.30p.m until 5.30p.m.
From 1st April to 31st October:
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10a.m until 6p.m.
Closing dates :
Closed on all the following Bank Holidays: 1st May – 14th July – 15th August – 1st November – 11th November – 25th December – 1st January
Full price: 4€
Concessionary price: 2.50€
Free entry for residents of Vernon, persons aged under 26, teachers, students in Art History, members of the International Council of Museums, (ICOM), upon presentation of their membership card, unemployed persons and pupils enrolled at schools in either Vernon or the Portes de l’Eure Borough. Free for all on the 1st Sunday of every month.
Musée A.G Poulain
12, rue du Pont 27200 Vernon
Tél : 02 32 21 28 09 – Fax : 02 32 51 11 17
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