Musée du Vieux Nîmes
Housed in the former Bishops palace from the 17th century, the museum tells the story of Nîmes since the Middle Ages, with newspapers, objects and displays. You can discover the local traditions and daily life in Nîmes through time and experience reconstructions of interiors from the 18th and 19th centuries. Large in the city’s history is the textile industry which is demonstrated with the famous shawls Nîmes exported throughout the 18th century and a room is devoted to the fabrics of Nimes with the famous blue “denim” taken up by Levi-Strauss.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the City decided to install the l archaeological collections in a former Jesuit college in the south of the old city. The collection of the Archaeological Museum consists of objects from local and regional finds, with some Greek and Etruscan ceramic objects from bequests of private collections.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes
The Museum of Fine Arts presents paintings French, Flemish, Dutch and Italian. The building has a central atrium which is surrounded by two levels of galleries. The museum contains more than 3,600 works. The lower gallery consists of three rooms and exhibits Italian paintings from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century ( Bassano, Lelio Orsi, Fontata). The upper gallery of seven rooms houses Flemish and Dutch paintings from the sixteenth and seventeenth century.