Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine - Lorrain Museum

The former residence of the Dukes of Lorraine stands in the heart of Nancy's Old Town, just a stone's throw from Place Stanislas. It became an art and history museum in 1850, housing collections on the Lorraine region's identity and heritage, and is currently undergoing major renovation and extension works, with a view to becoming a walk-through museum by 2023.

A walk-through museum in the heart of historic Nancy

Launched in the early 2000s, the Lorraine Museum's renovation and extension  project aims to re-distribute their exceptional collections throughout the Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine site.

The City of Nancy plans to :

  • upgrade the heritage buildings which house the museum using an environmentally-friendly approach,
  • preserve the site's architectural history by providing new, user-friendly spaces for services, studying and socialising in keeping with the requirements of a major 21st-century museum,
  • offer five new, simple, easy-to-read, interactive tours,
  • create a museum space open to the surrounding area and city, which is accessible from all sides.

Headed by the City of Nancy in partnership with the State and the Grand Est region, and in conjunction with the Lorraine History Society and the Lorraine Museum, this project should propel Nancy, already well known for its Art Nouveau heritage and Unesco-listed Place Stanislas, to become one of Europe's must-see tourism and cultural destinations.

A walk-through palace

Just a few hundred metres from Place Stanislas, the triangle formed by the Ducal Palace, the Cordeliers Convent and the Government Palace will be undergoing redevelopment to improve visitor access. The area will be opened up to the city at five different access points and expanded with a new building that will host temporary exhibitions, conferences and educational workshops. In this new complex, visitors will have access to five new multimedia tours, all on themes related to Lorraine's history. They will also be able to enjoy a country walk in the Government Palace garden, a space packed with history, including works by Callot, Georges de la Tour, and Ligier Richier,  which evoke memories of the Court of Louis XIV. 

A public building, engaging citizens

Sizeable contributions to the project have come via "MuséoLab" public workshops held in 2015. In small themed groups, the people of Nancy offer their suggestions for future improvements to the extended Palace. These workshops have already outlined attractive tours for families and students and adapted the museum's layout to accommodate handicapped visitors.