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[Press release]
Tours, the 10 May 2021
Press contacts : Departmental Council of Indre-et-Loire – Territory Attractiveness Department


The monuments and museums of the Department of Indre-et-Loire will once again welcome visitors from Wednesday 19 May.

In order to respect the health protocol in force, specific arrangements and devices are in place in each of the monuments and museums : modified visit routes, provision of individual stylus for the use of touch tools, download of visits booklet on smartphone by QR code…

Novelties, new events are to be discovered upon opening on 19 May and throughout the season.


Royal Fortress of Chinon


The "three castles" that make up the only royal medieval fortress in the Loire Valley today reveal their secrets through various reconstructions and events.

New arrivals : opening of the Plantagenêt space with the reconstitution of the room of Eleanor of Aquitaine, presentation of the Myths and Legends exhibition. Since the 19 May, possibility of immersive self-guided tours thanks to HistopPad ©
Open every day from 19 May. More information : www.forteressechinon.fr

Royal city of Loches


Overlooking the city and the Indre valley, the Royal City of Loches is a unique heritage complex, built on a rocky outcrop and surrounded by a wall, composed of two major monuments : the keep and the royal residence. A journey through time to cover more than 500 years of French history.
On the program this season : L'exposition ANIMATED, royal or fantastic animals, real or imaginary, rediscover the animals of the middle ages, as you never envisioned them. Immersive tour of the Dungeon with the Histopad ©. Break in the gardens at the foot of the keep.
Open every day from 19 May. More information : www.citeroyaleloches.fr

Saint-Cosme Priory, Ronsard's home

Saint Cosmes Museum - Ronsard
Saint Cosmes Museum – Ronsard

In this place full of meaning and history, the facilities and gardens are invitations to learn, let yourself be surprised and relax, with family or friends.

On the program from the opening : Les portants exhibition by Natalia Jaime Cortez, artistic performances in May, entertainment for meetings in the gardens at the beginning of June. Possibility of free visits to the priory and contemporary gardens.
Open every day from 19 May, for more information : www.prieure-ronsard.fr

Rabelais-La Devinière Museum

Domaine de la Devinière - Rabelais museum
Rabelais’s birthplace is surrounded by a garden, of an orchard and vines and offers a bucolic discovery in the heart of nature.
Exhibitions to be discovered upon opening : Pantagruel illustrated by Derain, “Nothing goes” restitution of the residence of artists Jean-François Guillon and Didier Galas.

On the occasion of 70 years of the museum : Views and viewpoints exhibition from June. A walk-show, aperitifs-concerts, night visits, concerts ... will also be offered during the season.
Open every day from 19 May, for more information : www.musee-rabelais.fr



Balzac-Château de Saché Museum

Domaine de Saché - Balzac museum


Enter the romantic park, discover the interior of this small castle furnished and decorated in the style of a bourgeois residence, is like a 19th century plunge into the privacy of Balzac. An invitation to
let go and indulge in a gentle meditation in the shade of the tall trees in the park.
Novelty : a Balzacian library made up of nearly 600 works including all early works published by Balzac.
From the opening : Situations de Vallées exhibition restitution of Léa Bismuth's residence & Nicolas Boulard. Dinners on the grass, balzacian naps, literary hikes will also punctuate this season 2021.
Open every day from 19 May, for more information : www.musee-balzac.fr

Grand-Pressigny Prehistory Museum

Grand Pressigny prehistoric museum
Come to the Grand-Pressigny museum, it means going to meet an entire section of Prehistory and learn how the men and women of Touraine lived between the Paleolithic and the Bronze Age.
Since the 19 May, presentation of the exhibition La Grotte Chauvet, Humanity's first masterpiece.
Open every day from 19 May, for more information : www.prehistoiregrandpressigny.fr

Field of Candé

Field of Candé
In a preserved setting, with 20 minutes from Tours, the Domaine de Candé invites you to stroll in the heart of a park of 230 hectares. With its vegetable garden and its safeguard orchard, the vast park with hundred-year-old trees now hosts playful and unusual contemporary creations.
You can explore this Sensitive Natural Area by following one of the hiking trails that cross it, bring a picnic and sit on the grass before exploring before discovering the incredible atmosphere of luxury and modernity of the castle, fully furnished - closed for over a year – celebrated by the marriage of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson in 1937 or look down into the Indre valley ...
Castle and park open from Wednesday to Sunday. Free access. More informations : www.domainecande.fr


Hotel Goüin

Hotel Gouïn
Finally ! A new setting for hosting contemporary art exhibitions.
After several weeks of work, The Hotel Goüin will reopen its doors and present the exhibition La Touraine Mécène, support for contemporary creators.
Opening of the Hotel Goüin from Wednesday to Sunday, from the 22 May.
More information : www.hotelgouin.fr