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The Mayenne Castle

The Musée du Château de Mayenne (Mayenne Castle Museum) is a unique museum located in one of the best preserved High Middle Ages building in Europe. The visitor is invited to discover the incredible story of the town of Mayenne and its castle. The treasure of the museum is an extraordinary collection of pawns to play chess and tabula games (best known as backgammon) dated from the 10th-12th centuries, with a fabulous iconography, very rare and little known in Europe.
Since the 10th century till nowadays, the castle knew successive functions:

– In the 10th century, it was a Carolingian palace. It was a stone building, built around 900-920. The Carolingians was a dynasty of frank kings, who reigned from 751, with Pepin the Short, till 986, with Louis V the Lazy.
– In the 13th century, it became a fortified castle.
– In the 17th century, it was used as a prison.
– In the 21st century, the castle was turned into a museum.

The Museum is approved under the ‘Tourisme & Handicap’ scheme for all four types of disability (motor, visual, auditory and mental).

Days and hours of opening

January :
February :
Every day except Monday, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm
From March to June :
Every day except Monday, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm
From July to August :
Every day, from 10 am to 6 pm.
September :
Every day except Monday, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm
From October to December :
Every day except Monday, from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm

Closed on January, the 1th May and the 25th December

At the museum

Not available at the moment

Guided tour in english (groups only) :
Masterpieces and buildings (1h30)
From the 1100 years old Carolingian palace to the prison, from the 10th-12th century pawns to the Middle Ages archaeological collections, discover the treasures of our museum !

– 3€ per person
– Groups from 10 up to 50 person
– Reservation is required for all groups ( +33 2 43 00 17 17 or


Normal : 4€

Concessions : 3€

– 18 – 25 year olds
– Disabled
– Pass Mayenne
– Groups of 10 or more
– Guests of a season ticket’s holders

Free entry : 0€

– Children under 18
– Unemployed
– Holders of guide card
– Holders of ICOM card
– Holders of press card

Access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month !

Season ticket

– Adult : 15€
– Children : 12€

Combined ticket with the Calvairiennes’s Chapel :

– Normal 4,50€
– Concessions 3,50€.

Combined ticket with the Memorial of Mayenne’s deportees

– Normal 7.00€

Contact informations

Musée du château de Mayenne
Place Juhel
53100 Mayenne

+33 (0) or

To get here


Getting to the museum

By bus :Bus station « Place Juhel »

By taxi :Place Juhel

Park your car : Car park « Quai de la république » / Other car park : Quai Carnot & Place Juhel

Getting to Mayenne

By train :The nearest train station is in Laval (30km)

By bus :
From Laval : Réseau Pégase : Ligne 2 – Mayenne / Laval – Get off the bus at « MAYENNE Léonard de Vinci » bus stop (Timetable available here, website in French)
Plan your journey from and to anywhere in the region « Pays de la Loire »

Car-sharing :
Car-sharing in Mayenne


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