Museums and Art Galleries Walk in Rennes, Rennes (Self Guided)

The city of Rennes invests heavily in art and culture, it features numerous museums and art galleries that are well worth visiting. If you consider yourself an admirer of art, take this self-guided walking tour and admire the city's art side.The city of Rennes invests heavily in art and culture, it features numerous museums and art galleries that are well worth visiting. If you consider yourself an admirer of art, take this self-guided walking tour and admire the city's art side.
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Museums and Art Galleries Walk in Rennes Map

Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries Walk in Rennes
Guide Location: France » Rennes (See other walking tours in Rennes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: DanaU

1) Oniris

In business since 1986, the Oniris gallery has become a landmark of contemporary art in Brittany. With the works of twenty artists on exhibition every three years in Rennes, Oniris represents many international artists such as: Aurelie Nemours, Vera Molnar, Norman Dilworth, Farncois Morellet, Alain Clement, and many more.

The gallery is open for you from Tuesday to Saturday, 2 pm – 7 pm.
Galerie Laute

2) Galerie Laute

Established in 2005, Galerie Laute is located on Rue Bertrand in Rennes. Since its foundation, the gallery displays unique and original works by contemporary artists; including painters, sculptors and designers. The exhibitions change every month and the art works are selected according to quality, diversity and artistic personality.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Friday 2:00 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 11:00 am – 7 pm, or by appointment.
Galerie Divet

3) Galerie Divet

Located on Rue Saint Guillaume, Galerie Divet is a place that has something for every one. The gallery specializes in Breton paintings, sculptures, ceramics, art from the 19th and 20th centuries, and more. Galerie Divet also buys and sells art works.

The gallery is waiting for you on Thursday-Friday 14:30-19:00; Saturday 10:30-12:00- 14:30-19:00. Also you can call for an appointment.
Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes

4) Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes (must see)

The Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes is a municipal museum whose collections range from ancient Egypt antiquities to the Modern art period and make the museum one of the most important in France outside Paris, notably for its paintings and drawings holdings.

The museum was established in 1794 during the French Revolution like most of the main French museums. Its first collections were the confiscated artworks of the churches and public buildings of Rennes. However the majority of the present holdings come from the private collection of Christophe-Paul de Robien, a president of the Parlement de Bretagne, which was at the time of the Revolution one of the largest of its kind in Europe. It comprised drawings, prints, paintings, antiques and sculptures. The museum's collections continued to expand during the 19th and the 20th century thanks to donations and acquisitions. The building housing the museum was built between in 1847 and 1855 but it is only since 1911 that it is entirely devoted to the museum's collections. The building and the exposition rooms have been restored and modified several times.

The painting collection include artworks created between the 14th century to the 20th century. The drawings holdings are one of the treasures of the museum as they include very valuable pieces and rare names, mainly thanks to the Robien collection.
Sight description based on wikipedia
La Criée

5) La Criée

La Criée is a center for Contemporary Art whose main responsibilities are to support creative activity, hold temporary exhibitions and provide support to artists from both Brittany and abroad. The center has several programs, one of them is called “Art at the Centre”. It specializes in exhibitions and holds four or five exhibitions of new works each season.

La Criée is open from Tuesday to Friday 12 noon – 7 pm; Saturday – Sunday 2 pm – 7 pm.
Museum of Brittany

6) Museum of Brittany (must see)

Located at Cours des Alliés, the Museum of Brittany is a real treasure trove for those who want to get a broader understanding of Brittany. It hosts three permanent exhibitions focused on the region, its history and its people. The first exhibition features audio-visual material about Brittany in general; the second one takes us back in time and walks us through the history of Brittany; and the last exhibition presents Captain Dreyfus, who was accused of spying for Germany. The Museum of Brittany also holds 2 temporary exhibitions.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00 pm- 7:00 pm; Saturday,Sunday 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm.

Walking Tours in Rennes, France

Create Your Own Walk in Rennes

Create Your Own Walk in Rennes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rennes is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightclubs Walk in Rennes

Nightclubs Walk in Rennes

Consider the city's student population, which is quite large, and you will immediately realize that Rennes has a booming nightlife. If you are a real clubber and want to blast the night, Thursday is the perfect day for it. Most students go home on weekends, so usually all the revelries take place on Thursday. Take this tour to be best nightspots in the city of Rennes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Religious Walking Tour in Rennes

Religious Walking Tour in Rennes

Rennes is a city rich with religious heritage and has plenty to offer for the religious oriented traveler. Among the most important religious sights, you will find the Rennes Cathedral, Saint-Yves Chapel, Jacobite Convent, and many more places of worship. Take this walking tour to see the best religious places Rennes can offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Architectural Tour in Rennes

Architectural Tour in Rennes

Rennes is known as a city of art and history, it has plenty to offer its visitors. Among which, a number of beautiful historic monuments. Most of the city's “monuments historiques" can also be found within the historic city center and can be covered in a single tour. Take this tour to the most fabulous buildings in the city of Rennes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The capital of Brittany in the northwest of France, Rennes is renowned for its medieval half-timbered architecture and grand Rennes Cathedral. The local Parc du Thabor features a rose garden and aviary, while the local Museum of Fine Arts, situated on the southern bank of the Vilaine river, displays collection of Botticelli, Rubens and Picasso works. The Champs Libres cultural center is a home to...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Rennes for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Rennes has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Rennes, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.