Laval Museum of Naive Art

Europe’s finest collection of Naive Art

  • Musée d'art naïf de Laval

    Musée d'art naïf de Laval

    © Photo : Ville de Laval

  • Musée d'art naïf de Laval

    Musée d'art naïf de Laval

    © Photo : Bruneau

  • Musée d'art naïf de Laval - Toile du Douanier Rousseau

    Musée d'art naïf de Laval - Toile du Douanier Rousseau

    © Photo : Ville de Laval

Laval Castle is an imposing building that dates back to the 11th century, and is now home to the Museum of Naive Art.
This is a fitting posthumous homage to one of the town’s sons, Douanier Rousseau, whose work was celebrated in 2006 with a major exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Amongst the museum’s many possessions are two works (Bouquet of Mimosas and Branch of Fruit) by Séraphine Louis, or "Séraphine de Senlis" , the heroine of Martin Provost’s film.
Currently on display, too, is a work by Ferdinand Desnos, a self-taught painter who is considered to be the spiritual son of Douanier Rousseau. This is a painting entitled "La Cène sur la Seine", on loan from the Centre Pompidou.

Recent renovation
The exhibition rooms of the Museum of Naive Art underwent renovation at the beginning of 2009. The new displays are divided into four themed galleries:
- The Douanier Rousseau Gallery
- The Great Realist Painters
- Jules Lefranc, a Laval artist who inspired the creation of this museum
- "Art Singulier”.

More info

  • Old Castle Museum
  • Place de la Trémoille
  • 53000 Laval
  •  +33 (0)2 43 53 39 89
  • Website