Although many come to Caen for its historic church, WWII memorial, or to use a base from which to explore Normandy, they also discover a delightful surprise – the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which is home to one of the finest collections in France. Spanning four centuries, the art on display here is well-curated and shows an astonishingly wide array of European artists, normally only seen in national museums.
Of particular note are the revolving series of print exhibitions, featuring original prints from the masters of art. The sculpture park is a must-see as well, with a small collection that wows visitors. And the grounds – it's located at Le Château de Caen – make for a full day at the museum, especially with young ones in tow. There's a cafe with an outdoor terrace, and it's closed only on Sunday nights, Mondays, and Christmas – good to know for those making an off-season trip to Caen.
The museum itself is closed on major national holidays and Tuesdays. Otherwise the last tickets are sold at 5:30pm each day; it's only 3,20€ for the permanent collections, with reduced rates for kids, students and seniors.