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Musée des Beaux-Arts ( Museum of Fine Arts )

The museum is situated in the ancient St Denis Abbey and houses works from the 16th century to the present day. The majority of the collection is made up of paintings, with a good selection of sculptures and furniture. The museum has one of the earliest collections of French paintings from the 19th century, as well as a beautiful collection of paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. The collection includes an excellent series of landscapes by Corot and some exceptional drawings and paintings by Cranach father and son, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Delacroix and Courbet.
Located at 8, rue Chanzy, in the heart of the city, near the Cathedral.
8 rue Chanzy (+33 (0)3 26 47 28 44). Open daily except Tuesday. Small entrance fee.

Reims' Museum of Archaeology and History

The museum is housed in the ancient Benedictine Abbey of St Remi, a beautiful building that is well worth a visit in its own right.
The main part of the building was built in the 18th century and there is a magnificent entrance hall to the museum, which features collections from the Prehistoric age to the Renaissance, as well as a section dedicated to military history. There is also a superb collection of tapestries which tell the story of the life of St Remi, the patron saint of the city.
53, rue Simon, (+33 (0)3 26 85 23 36). Open daily. Small entrance fee.

Musée de la Reddition (Museum of Surrender)

Germany signed its surrender to the Allies on May 7th 1945 in an old schoolroom near the railway tracks that had served as Eisenhower's HQ from February 1945. That schoolhouse is now the small but fascinating Musée de la Reddition. A short film and several galleries of photos lead to the glassed-off room with 13 chairs in which the British, French, American, Soviet and German heads of state sat.
Open daily (except Tuesdays and public holidays) 10am–noon & 2–6pm. Located near the train station at 12, rue Franklin Roosevelt. (+33 (0)3 26 47 84 19).

Hôtel de Vergeur

Contains a museum fullof all kinds of beautiful objects, including two sets of Dürer engravings - an Apocalypse and Passion of Christ. Next to the museum there's access to sections of the partly submerged arcades of the cryptoportic which date back to 200 AD. Reims' other Roman monument, the quadruple-arched Porte de Mars, on place de la République, belongs to the same era.
36 place du Forum. Open Tuesday to Sunday 2–6pm.

Centre de l'Automobile (Automobile Centre)

If you are interested in old cars, head for the Centre de l'Automobile where all the vehicles on show are part of the private collection of Philippe Charbonneaux, designer of a number of the postwar classics. In addition to the full-scale cars, there's an impressive selection of models, antique toys and period posters. Open daily except Tuesday 10am–noon & 2–6pm; 84 av Georges-Clemenceau.

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