From the cellars in the right wing on the ground floor, the History visit presents one of the largest mediaeval collections in France, standing out thanks to the quantity and the quality of the items displayed and ranging from the Early Middle Ages to the beginning of the Renaissance. The history visit finishes on the first floor with a display of clay pipes, a colourful reminder of the Saint-Omer pipe industry in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the basement there is an outstanding collection of weapons and vestiges from the old town hall, Notre-Dame collegiate church and Saint-Bertin Abbey (lapidary objects, floor tiles and mosaics) bear witness to the rich history of Saint-Omer in the mediaeval period, then one of the main Flemish towns at the “Portes de l’Artois”.

The visit continues on the ground floor with a display of religious art objects from Saint-Bertin Abbey and other Saint-Omer churches. Silversmith masterpieces, wooden and alabaster sculpture, ivory objects, and paintings provide a wide panorama of the artistic wealth in Northern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century.

The visit comes to an end on the first floor with a local history room dedicated to clay pipes evoking the production of the local Fiolet and Duméril factories in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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