About the Museum
Besides several temporary exhibitions organized every year, the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art displays the national archaeological, historical as well as art collections. The collections are presented in chronological order, from ancient artifacts to the most recent artistic experiments. The archaeological collections show the development of the human settlement in Luxembourg from Prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages. Highlights of the archaeological collections include a spectacular series of late iron age aristocratic graves and the sumptuous Roman Muses mosaic discovered in Vichten. The collections of coins and currency include samples of Celtic, Roman, medieval and modern coinages. The Fine Art department displays a collection of old master paintings as well as a wide range of Luxembourgish painting from the 18th to the 20th century, including the post-impressionist watercolors of Sosthène Weis, paintings by Joseph Kutter, Dominique Lang, Eugène Mousset, Jean-Pierre Beckius, Nico Klopp and Auguste Trémont as well as sculptures by Auguste Trémont and Lucien Wercollier. While the museum also houses ancient sculptures and paintings, it also has a collection of contemporary art. Luxembourg artists are shown alongside foreign artists (Alechinsky, Bazaine, Beau-din, Bissière, Borès, Estève, Etienne-Martin, Lansky, Lobo, Lurçat, Maillol, Manessier, Pignon, Poliakoff, Villon, etc). as well as a collection of modern and contemporary art from both Luxembourg an abroad. The department of Decorative Arts and Popular Arts and Traditions is situated in well-preserved townhouses of the 17th and 18th century next to the new main museum building inaugurated in 2002.
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