A fortified city built to defend salt production.
Old town gate the “Porte de France” is home to the Salt Museum. Since prehistoric times, salt springs have enabled essential trade, as salt played a crucial role in preserving food.
“No, kids, salt hasn’t always been used to season pasta” Learning how food was stored for millennia enables us to understand the significance of this “white gold” throughout history.
The refurbished Departmental Salt Museum in Marsal reopened in Spring 2020. Discover how prehistoric humans used salt, and how this technique has developed up to the present day.
It enriched the Saulnois region and made it possible to fortify the town of Marsal, nestled in the Seille valley, home to several salt springs.
They provide the perfect environment for unique plants, such as salicornia, or “sea asparagus”. This “Musée de France“ houses archaeological remains, memories of everyday life and an impressive collection of saltcellars.
A museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art.
The remarkable architecture reflects an avant-garde ethos. This cultural hotspot hosts temporary exhibitions, live shows, conferences and film screenings, showcasing all forms of artistic expression.
Externally, the Centre invites us to see things differently with its bold roof structure. Centre Pompidou-Metz makes contemporary art accessible to young and old alike through themed workshops.
In addition to these workshops, the centre works to foster the creativity of children and young people. For example, they run freeform sculpture courses for 5- to 12-year-olds, allowing their creativity to run wild.
Tours and events aimed at families with young children invite them to explore “pocket sculpture”, understand the world of shapes and dream of flying machines...
The cultural project hosts temporary exhibitions, live shows, cinema sessions and conferences in two dedicated spaces: the Studio and the Wendel Auditorium.
The Chagall Way – Chapel of the Cordeliers
Dreamlike painting that draws on religious tradition.
The works of Chagall are inspired by Jewish tradition, bright colours and war poetry. The Chapel of the Cordeliers features an immense stained-glass window by Chagall, similar to that of Metz Cathedral.
The Chapel of the Cordeliers is the jewel in the crown of Sarrebourg’s heritage, containing several exceptional works: a majestic 12-metre-high window entitled “La Paix” (Peace), as well as several side windows designed by Marc Chagall.
As you enter the Chapel, pick up an audio guide, which provides commentary on your visit. On the wall, panels explain the history of the Chapel, with quotes by Marc Chagall on his views on religious art.
Visitors can then access the choir to admire the windows through which the colourful light streams, up close. Four red plexiglass cubes provide information. There is a symbol to marking the sections aimed at children. With their parents, they can sit in a movable seat and choose their own viewpoint for a moment of contemplation.
Georges de la Tour Museum
The temporary exhibition showcases a rich body of work.
The birthplace of the Lorraine painter now houses a museum, featuring the masterpiece: “Saint John the Baptist in the desert” Animation and augmented reality bring around one-hundred paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries to life.
Painter Georges de La Tour was born in Vic-sur-Seille in 1593. He became a master of lighting and chiaroscuro, in the Caravaggio tradition. Thanks to his eye for detail and talent, La Tour’s work is an ideal tool for helping children understand life during his era. He loved painting realistic scenes depicting the everyday life of his people.
The Georges de La Tour Museum contains around a hundred original canvases from various eras, while casting new light on the artist’s own work. A highlight among these paintings, which span the 17th to 19th centuries, is “Saint John the Baptist in the Desert”, the painter’s masterpiece.
George’s Studio offers a step back in time: a VR headset plunges visitors into the studio of Georges de la Tour, guided by an apprentice to the great master, to discover the paintings.