|Museums in Reims, France|
|Reims has museums of traditional and contemporary art, architecture, a Renaissance home, autos, wine and—uniquely—the room in which documents were signed to end World War II in Europe.|
Although Reims is best known for its Cathedral and its champagne, it does have a selection of interesting museums, all to be found on this map.
Palais du Tau
The Palais du Tau, next to the Cathedral, is devoted to the history and architecture of the Cathedral and houses some of its original sculptures. More...
The Musée Saint-Remi, next to the Basilique Saint-Remi, includes collections from the prehistoric to the more recent past. More...
Musée de la Reddition
The Musée de la Reddition, or Museum of the Surrender, was General Eisenhower's headquarters during the last days of World War II, including the room where German military commanders signed the surrender documents on 7 May 1945. More...
Musée des Beaux-Arts
Close to the Cathedral is the Musée des Beaux-Arts, or Fine Arts Museum. Located in a beautiful 18th century building, its collections range from the 15th to the 20th centuries. More...
For those interested in more contemporary art, the FRAC (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain) of Champagne-Ardenne has a contemporary art collection and hosts special exhibits of contemporary art. More...
Musée du Fort de la Pompelle
A new museum in an ancient fortress 10 km (6.2 miles) southeast of Reims's Cathedral (map), the collections here recall the battles and horrors of World War I in and around Reims and the Champagne-Ardenne region. More...
Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur
About midway between the Porte Mars and the Cathedral, the Musée-Hôtel Le Vergeur is a private home dating from Renaissance times, which allows visitors to appreciate the earlier life style. More...
Musée Automobile Reims- Champagne
And for those into cars, Reims also has the Musée Automobile Reims Champagne, with about 200 cars and motorbikes from the past century. More...
Le Phare de Verzenay
About 17 kilometers (11 miles) southeast of Reims (map), looming on a hill above the town of Verzenay, is Le Phare de Verzenay (the Verzenay Lighthouse). Beneath the lighthouse is a Musée de la Vigne (Wine Museum) which focuses on champagne, of course.
Le Phare is closed on Mondays and in January. Reserve your visit online in advance. There's a small admission fee for the museum and the lighthouse.
Along with historical and educational exhibits about champagne, and panoramic views over champagne vineyards, Le Phare offers the chance to taste more than 50 cuvées (types) of champagne—not that you'll want to drive if you sample more than two or three. More...