The vast raw concrete and tinted glass silhouette of the Musée Sainte-Croix in Poitiers shines with the quality of, among other things, its archaeological holdings. In addition, the museum has an exceptional collection of 10 sculptures by Camille Claudel, three of which were acquired in 2017. This is the third largest public collection in the world and the second largest in France of works by the famous sculptor.
The building, designed by the architect Jean Monge in 1974, occupies the former site of the Abbey of the Holy Cross. Distinguished for its remarkable and singular architecture, it benefits from the label "20th century heritage" awarded by the Ministry of Culture.
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 1pm-6pm
Closed on Mondays and public holidays except Ascension Thursday, 14 July and 15 August.
- Accessible to persons with reduced mobility
- Throughout the year, the museum offers activities around the permanent collections, guided tours, lectures, documentary films, musical, theatrical and dance encounters, discovery tours for groups, sometimes combined with tours of the city's heritage, as well as school activities. A guided tour can be organized on request for people with disabilities.