Musée des Beaux-Arts

Fine Arts Museum
Place Charles de Gaulle BP 4212
59378 Dunkerque
Tel: 00 33 (0)3 28 59 21 65

Open: Open daily except Tuesday from 10am to 12.15 pm and 2pm to 6pm
Closed: Closed 1st January, 1st May, 1st November and 25 December


Founded in the 19th century, this museum is home to paintings and scultpures from the 16th to 20th centuries. One room is dedicated to the corsair Jean Bart. The 17th century money box on display was used to hold money to buy back slaves.

There are four schools of work: The modern art gallery (1950-70) with works by Cesar. Arman, Hartung among others, the 16th and 17th century Flemish school which includes Snyders, Jean de Reyn and Van Dyk, the Dutch and Italian schools and the French school from 17th to 20th century which contains works by Corot, Vernet and Carrier-Belleuse.

In the basement there is a natural history collection of butterflies, birds, insects and minerals.