Experience the famous “Chantilly cream” while visiting the renowned castle of the same name. This Renaissance castle emerges majestically from the midst of water and its park created in the 16th century by Le Nôtre. Inside, you will visit the apartments of the Princes of Condé (17th and 18th centuries) and the Condé Museum, which is the first French museum of ancient paintings after the Louvre!
Nestled at the bottom of a small valley near the Thérain Valley, the Abbey of St Arnoult, also known as Parfondeval, seems secluded from the world. This former Cistercian barn, dependent on the Abbey of Froidmont, has changed little over the centuries. You can discover the cellar (13th century), the residence (16th century), and the chapel (12th century) which houses the tombstone of Saint Arnoult. Visits are available by appointment.
Adjoining the “Basse-Œuvre,” a vestige of the cathedral from the year 1000, its Gothic choir from the 13th century is the tallest in the world! Throughout the summer, you can enjoy the Skertzo show “Beauvais Cathedral Infinite”: the cathedral is brought to life at dusk (as well as during the Christmas festivities).
Located in the former episcopal palace, the museum houses a rich collection of medieval carved stones and wood, Art Nouveau furniture, Delaherche ceramics, as well as a beautiful selection of 19th and 20th-century paintings.
Discover the magnificent ruins of the ancient fortress with its 17th and 18th-century houses. Made of wood, cob, bricks, or flint, these houses make Gerberoy a unique place to stroll. In spring and summer, climbing roses on the facades transform the village into a true rose garden.
An exhibition of 1000 square meters offering numerous documents, personal belongings of aviators, 1000 aircraft parts, and models… not to mention three airplanes, an English anti-aircraft gun, and a video room where a film from 1939-1945 is projected.
The National Gadzarts Museum allows you to relive the history of the Arts et Métiers ParisTech school. (Gadzarts is the nickname for students or alumni of Arts et Métiers ParisTech, derived from “Gars des Arts” which translates to “Guys of Arts”). This museum is dedicated to the history of the La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt family, the school, its centers, as well as various works by students and professors. You can admire numerous authentic memorabilia such as uniforms, class promotion documents, examination keys, models, illustrations, and ancient drawings. The museum also organizes conferences on various topics, attracting both gadzarts (Arts et Métiers students/alumni) and non-gadzarts alike.
The Museum of Mother-of-Pearl and Button-making is recognized as a Musée de France (Museum of France). Here, you can explore the various stages involved in transforming raw materials such as mother-of-pearl, bone, and ebony into finished objects like fan mounts, dominoes, and buttons. The museum offers a presentation that showcases the craftsmanship of a button-maker and provides insights into this intricate process.