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Installed at the apse of the cathedral, in the former bishopric, the Angoulême Museum revolves around three collections developed over its history. Two of them, of international importance, the collection of the arts of Africa and Oceania and the collection of Archeology, make it possible to evoke respectively the diversity of cultures throughout the world and the original times, from dinosaurs to medieval times.
In four main chronological stages, discover the richness of the geology of the Charente, the natural environment and the evolution of prehistoric cultures, the material and cultural practices born of sedentarization, as well as testimonies of the aristocratic and religious life of the Middle age. Archeology is one of the region's strongest identity elements. From Neanderthal man to Romanesque art via megalithism, it makes it possible to individualize the Charente in what is unique and original about it.
“Extra-European ARTS” collection
The Angoulême Museum has one of the most interesting French collections of African and Oceanic art in terms of the number and quality of the pieces preserved. Most of this collection comes from the bequest in 1934 of its collection by Dr Jules Lhomme (1857-1934), doctor and notable of La Rochefoucauld.
“Western Art” Collection
In 1838, François Ringuet, a painter born in Angoulême, donated ten canvases to the city, the original collection from the collections of the Angoulême Museum. This gift, a mixture of remarkable compositions and paintings of a more secondary interest, is characteristic of the artistic disparity of the collections of an amateur of the beginning of the XNUMXth century.