The museum (Musée des Beaux-arts) in Bernay is situated in one of the buildings of the old abbey. It’s a very small museum with tiny rooms that are stuffed up to the ceiling with treasures. The entrance is free on Wednesdays and on every first Sunday of the month.
Pierre-Victorien Lottin (1810-1903), also known as “Lottin de Laval”, was a French painter and sculptor. He was painting in the style of orientalism, undertook long voyages to Persia and Egypt and copied archaeological finds with a self-invented method called “lottinoplastie”. He donated many of his “lottinoplasties”, some archaeological finds and a lot of paintings to the museum of Bernay. He spent his retirement in Menneval near Bernay.
Some of the artworks hail from the church Notre-Dame-de-la-Couture and from the abbey Notre Dame du Bec-Hellouin, which was plundered during the French Revolution (1789-1799). Some of the church treasures were sold, others brought to Bernay.
The statue of Madonna and Child is attributed to the sculptor Michel Lourdel (1575-1676 ?).
The artist Michel-Hubert Descours painted Anne de Ticheville (aka “Tincheville”) in 1747. She was the founder of the hospital of Bernay. The painting is heritage protected as a “Monument historique” (historical monument). The hospital administration donated it to the museum in 2005.
The Dutch painter Jan van Goyen (1596-1656) is well-known. His painting “the castle of Dordrecht” is painted in oil on panel and it’s dimensions are 52,5 x 61 cm.
The unfurnished abbey church Notre-Dame belongs to the museum. It regularly hosts expositions.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bernay in Musées de Haute-Normandie (French)
Musée des Beaux Arts Office de tourisme Bernay(French)