If the first day of our road trip in September 2021 was dedicated to the Futuroscope, the second allowed us to visit the Château d’Angers, but also the pretty city center. We took the opportunity to make a detour to the Galerie David d’Angers, which conceals small marvels of architecture. What’s more, a small leaflet invited children to enjoy a fun visit and aroused their curiosity.
It is within the Toussaint abbey in Angers, dating from the 13th century, that so many sculptures are hidden. It was restored in 1984 with the addition of a contemporary glass roof and houses the works of David d’Angers. You will come across famous figures, ranging from Jean Bart to Gutenberg. And among the essential works of the artist, there is also the pediment of the Panthéon.
Barely visible from the outside, the Galerie David d’Angers is nevertheless a marvel inside, especially since it has truly remarkable architecture.
Good to know
David d’Angers is above all known for the many portraits he made. A large number of these bust portraits are displayed in the mezzanine space, you just have to go up to the back of the gallery. A selection of 550 bronze medallions is also presented in the former choir of the abbey.
The princess loved
She really liked having to find the statues that we were asked to find in the little game booklet. It clearly made the visit very entertaining.
The ups for kids
Your kids are over 8 years old
Different activities for kids of all ages are regularly organized within the Gallery. You can also ask for the fun booklet that we had in order to make the visit much more lively.
Your kids are less than 8 years old
I am not sure they will be fascinated by the visit of the Galerie David d’Angers. However, you can enter with them and let them guide you. They will inevitably find a sculpture, a bust… which will trigger a conversation or which will arouse their curiosity. Different activities are regularly organized for toddlers.