The castle shelters the museum of the French Revolution since 1984. The collections gather pieces of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings.On July 21st 1788, the castle of Vizille entered History. The Etats Généraux of the Dauphiné meeting which had been forbade by Grenoble authorities had been thus sheltered by Claude Perrier. Seduced by the liberal ideas, his castle sheltered this meeting. 187 members of the Tiers Etats, 49 clergymen and 159 noblemen deliberated during 16 hours. In demanding the meeting of the Etats généraux this event is considered to have triggered the Revolution. The Salle du jeu de paume which was the witness of this event have burnt during the fire of 1865. Its implantation is now symbolised by a terrace planted with trees at the entrance of the museum.
The castle shelters the museum of the French Revolution since 1984. The collections gather pieces of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and engravings. One can see figurative piece of art too such as English and French ceramics, tapestries, materials and furniture. But one can also find French and foreign historical pieces such as (stones of the Bastille, swords of the National Guard) dating from the Ancien Régime to the 3rd Republic.
The museum recalls the French Revolution as well as the artistic creation and cultural transformations all around Europe, from the times of the Lumières to Romanticism.
The museum offers to the public an original approach of this period and its myth through evocative pieces which are replaced in their context.
The museum is opened every day except on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. And from 1.30 p.m. to 6p.m. from April till October and from 10 a.m to 12.30 p.m and from 1.30 p.m. To 5 p.m from November till March. Closed on public holidays from November till March and on the May 1st . Free entrance and possibility of audio guide .Period of opening : From 02/01 to 31/03
Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 5 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
From 01/04 to 31/10
Opening hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st.
From 01/11 to 25/12
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 1.30 pm and 5 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.Prices : Free of charge.