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For comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts, the Le Musee de la Bande Dessinee is a must-see attraction. The museum is housed in an impressive Art Nouveau centre designed and built by Victor Horta in 1906. It was opened in October 1989 and features temporary as well as permanent art as well as exhibitions that feature comic books which are related to science fiction, mythology, crime, politics, Wild West, and many other genres. The museum also houses life-size models of comic book characters and scenes. To find out how to plan a trip to Angouleme, use our trip itinerary maker.
Le Musee de la Bande Dessinee reviews
We love bande dessinée so of course we checked the museum! They had an exhibit about Picasso and comic strips that was fantastic. It was fun and we learned a tone. Tickets also allowed you to check.... more
We love bande dessinée so of course we checked the museum! They had an exhibit about Picasso and comic strips that was fantastic. It was fun and we learned a tone. Tickets also allowed you to check.... more »
Did the main museum, and the Trondheim exhibit. Really informative, although would have been nice to see a British comic within the collection (Beano, 2000AD for instance. A lovely installation.
Did the main museum, and the Trondheim exhibit. Really informative, although would have been nice to see a British comic within the collection (Beano, 2000AD for instance. A lovely installation. more »
I’ve been waiting to visit the Musée de la Bande Dessinée since it moved into its new home a few years ago. I’d visited its old location in the CIBDI many times over the years when visiting the Angoulême comics festival, but I hadn’t been for about 18 years and so had missed out on the new building. Well, finally I made it this year and it was worth the wait. The permanent exhibition on the history of the comics art form was immaculately presented and features a mix of rare original art and reproductions as well as printed copies of comics and artifacts. There’s interactivity in the form of video presentations dotted about and I highly recommend the audio presentation that you can download as a podcast from iTunes (in a number of languages). At the time of writing, there are three temporary exhibitions as well—the comics from around the time of the May ‘68 riots (the beginnings of the comics for adults movement in France), a look at the work of René Goscinny in the movies (featuring the many adaptations of Astérix, Lucky Luke et al. ), and a marvellous exhibition on the new wave of Arab comics that simply blew me away with the breadth of fantastic work that’s being created in the Middle East, both in print and online. The visit wouldn’t be complete without visiting the museum’s bookshop. I’d heard good things about it but if you’re a comics fan, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Simply put, it’s one of the best comics shops you’ll find anywhere (they do mail order too). In short, if you’re in the area, and you have the slightest interest in comics, you really need to visit. Actually, even if you’re not into comics, it’s well worth going along. You’ll learn lots and who knows? It may just make you a believer in the power of comics after all!
Brilliant museum. The shop is incredible, you can tell the buyer must be a fan of every possible comic genre!
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