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Monastère des Bernardines • 21000 Dijon
The Museum of Sacred Art is housed in the church of the former Bernardine Convent and contains works of art, sculptures, paintings, textiles and gold and silver plate from the 12C to the 20C.
The church itself is remarkable for its unusual architecture. The visitor enters by a monumental door flanked by four Doric columns backed and linked by an entablature under a triangular pediment, on which floats the dove of the Holy Ghost. The interior consists of a vast circular nave whose composite-order pilasters hold a tambour crowning a cupola. This rotunda opens on to chapels and the nun’s choir, a long room covered by groined vaults and closed by a grill. The magnificent altar by Jean Dubois (1625-1694), originating from the Convent of the Visitation (destroyed during the French Revolution), was installed on the site of the high altar at the beginning of the 19C.
The Museum contains sculptures, paintings, furniture and liturgical vases relinquished by the Church on the occasion of various religious reforms. The tribunes, which are open to the public during guided visits, include a major collection of liturgical vestments and ornaments, for the most part from the 18C and 19C.
The Museum of Sacred Art fulfils two functions: firstly, it displays the liturgical objects (12C to 19C) of the Catholic faith, and secondly it recreates the daily life of female communities belonging to different religious persuasions.
It approaches religion from the point of view of the layman and seeks to provide keys for understanding this heritageService for the general public
Guided visits, workshops and numerous teaching aids: brochure on the site, visitor’s guide on liturgical vestments, linen and colours, documents on the roots of Christianity, etc.
Library and information centre
open to all requiring specific information on subjects covered by our collections (works of art and liturgical objects from the 12C to the 19C).
The documentary resources (works, periodicals, dossiers, photographs, etc.) may be consulted on site only and are shared with the Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne Perrin de Puycousin (Burgundy Folklore Museum).
.Discovery visits for adults and children:
General visit of the collection. Information and reservations at the Museum.
Subject-specific visits for adults and children:
The most popular subjects are: history of the monastery, liturgical objects and vestments (reliquaries, etc.) and the early years of Christianity (the life of Jesus, St John the Baptist, St Paul, etc.). Information and reservations at the Museum.
Closed on January 1st, May 1st and 8th, July 14th, November 1st and 11th, December 25th.
Animation themed • Conferences • Temporary exhibitions
Entrance free of charge.