The beautiful, brand-new Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon is inside an authentic palace. You can expect to see masterpieces from all eras, on display in a modern visitors' tour. The highlight of the museum is the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy and their incredible procession of mourners!
The tour of the museum is a whole experience in its own right. The museum is also the departure point for a whole host of unmissable discoveries and experiences in Dijon and the surrounding area.
It costs nothing!
Good to know: in Dijon, culture is accessible to everyone and a treasure should be shared! To be able to share the masterpieces with as many people as possible, the Musée des Beaux-Arts is completely FREE-OF-CHARGE! A great family day out that will cost you... nothing!
A palace or a museum? Why choose?
>> A completely renovated museum
Who said a museum had to be dark and dusty? In Dijon, you can expect quite the opposite at the MBA, which is what the locals call this museum (pronounced the English way).
The museum has just been completed inside the palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy after 10 years of renovation work, and today visitors can expect a modern tour in a prestigious historic setting.
>> A historic place
A spot of history... In the Middle Ages, the Dukes of Burgundy had built up one of the most powerful empires in Europe. They were powerful enough even - and they tried - to take on the King! Their palace is just as big and beautiful as you would expect from this power! And the museum inside it is quite simply one of the most ancient and richest museums in France. A must-see...The Musée des Beaux-Arts
The tomb of the Dukes of Burgundy
The highlight of the museum
They are the absolute highlight of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon. Make sure you venture into the "Salle des Gardes" where these tombs are on display!
Make sure you leave enough time because there's so much to see here: the mourners are all different (and there are a lot of them!), the colours, the sculptures, the gold decoration... It is a particularly impressive room. Philip the Bold and John the Fearless were worth the effort!In the footsteps of the Dukes of Burgundy
The mourners, these small, delicate and unique alabaster statues decorating the dukes' tombs, are often talked about in the media.
- In 2010, around forty mourners were taken on a world tour. They travelled to New York, Saint-Louis, Dallas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Richmond, Bruges, Berlin and Paris. Almost 750,000 people came to admire them! They are real celebrities!
- In 2014 George R. R. Martin, the author of Game of Thrones, came from the United States to see them. And he was inspired by the eventful history of the Dukes of Burgundy.
- In 2020, mourner number 17, also known as "mourner holding back his tears" was returned to its base support after more than 200 years of absence!
See some other treasures while you're here!
Philip the Good tower
Climbing the 316 steps to the top is an unforgettable experience: when you get to the top, the view of Dijon is breathtaking.
Recommendation for those looking for a romantic experience: you can book the terrace at the top of the tower for cocktails at sunset... Or an unforgettable proposal.
Book now with the Tourist Office.Philip the Good tower
Dijon has everything you could possibly need for a great getaway! The protected area is reserved exclusively for pedestrians and here you can really make the most of your time in the city: café and restaurant outdoor seating areas, beautiful wine cellars, colourful market, cobbled streets, private mansions, churches parks and gardens, etc.Explore Dijon
The "Route des Grands Crus" (Route of the Great Wines)
It begins at the entrance to Dijon and takes us sixty kilometres further south, as far as Santenay. You are guaranteed to enjoy exploring this route which leads you across an ocean of vines, and through villages with prestigious names.
Stop off wherever you feel like for a wine tasting, a photo, a tour, etc. Unforgettable memories guaranteed!Find out more about the "Route des Grands Crus"