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École Nationale des Beaux-Arts Review

Occupying three large mansions near the Seine, the national fine arts school—today the breeding ground for painters, sculptors, and architects—was once the site of a convent founded in 1608 by Marguerite de Valois, the first wife of Henri IV. After the Revolution the convent was turned into a museum for works of art salvaged from buildings attacked by the rampaging French mobs. In 1816 the museum was turned into a school. Today its peaceful courtyards host contemporary installations and exhibits. The courtyard and school galleries are accessible on 90-minute guided tours, which can be arranged through Cultival (see www.cultival.fr for details).

    Contact Information

  • Address: 14 rue Bonaparte, St-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, 75006 | Map It
  • Phone: 01-47-03-50-00
  • Cost: €13.50
  • Hours: Mon.–Fri. 9–8:30; closed weekends
  • Website:
  • Metro St-Germain-des-Prés.
  • Location: St-Germain-des-Prés
Updated: 02-19-2014

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