In a beautiful old house in the Saint-Bruno district, discover the studio fund and personal collection bequeathed by Lucien Mainssieux (1885-1958), painter, musician, critic and art collector, to his hometown. Health pass compulsory.

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the collection's legacy, the permanent exhibition at the Mainssieux museum has been redeployed. The course offers a refined presentation of works where, from room to room, you will discover his collection, his training, his passions and his travels.

For this event, the visual identity of the Museum was redefined with the participation of the Voironnaise artist Stéphanie Miguet. From the reception hall, his cut-out silhouettes, inspired by patterns on paper in vogue in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, evoke an “Album of memories” by Lucien Mainssieux created from personal photos and preserved archives.

This permanent exhibition was not conceived as an end in itself, but as a starting point. A slow rotation of works will regularly allow you to take a fresh look at a collection and a multi-faceted artist, thanks to works in reserve or on loan from other museums.

Find the audio tracks of the audio guides for download.

Room 1: Mainssieux collector
“An artist aspiring to universal expression must be a collector”. L. Mainssieux
He began to buy old works or those of friends at a very young age. Over the years, his collection grew and his tastes asserted themselves. His passion for the masters of the XNUMXth century is expressed with Corot, Courbet, Ravier, Carrand… He will also forge deep friendships with his contemporaries whom he collects: Flandrin, Dunoyer de Segonzac, Lewitska, Marchand, Marval….

Room 2: a voironnais in Paris
Lucien Mainssieux trained with the painters François-Joseph Girot and Jules Flandrin, themselves former students of Gustave Moreau. His first works display a certain innocence, the touch is realistic and academic. Convinced of his pupil's potential, Jules Flandrin urges him to join Paris. Lucien Mainssieux evolves in the middle of artists like: Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Marquet ... This artistic effervescence considerably influences his painting and gives birth to solid friendships.

Room 3: a life between painting and music
Very early on, Lucien Mainssieux immersed himself in the world of music through his mother, a pianist. He will play the violin and the viola under the baton of great conductors such as Stravinsky or Weingartner. From 1919, he was also a music critic for the newspaper “Le crapouillot - arts, lettres et spectacles”. Lucien Mainssieux will paint his musician friends, like “the violinist Lilien” and the instruments will take a privileged place in his paintings.

Room 4: Mainssieux and the Mediterranean
In 1910, Lucien Mainssieux began his “Grand Tour” of Italy, he was then 25 years old. He stayed mainly in Rome completing his training in contact with a prestigious past. His notebooks, sketches and other drawings that bear witness to his movements, show a great freedom and flexibility of style. Under the light of Italy, very different from that of Dauphiné, he developed a painting made of simplifications and modulated tones.
In 1920, the visit to Renoir's studio in Cagnes upset the artist. Bathed in the light of the Mediterranean, he found the technique of his first studies in the time of his master Girot. He abandons the thick and massive paste and then plays on the transparency and the clarity of the key.
A year later, he left for North Africa. The discovery of another culture and of an arid landscape flooded with light influences it considerably. The use of warmer colors, the particular work of atmospheres and a more flickering and wavy touch make up the more classic works of this period.

Accessibility to the museum: in accordance with the Handicap law of February 1, 2005, the museum has been redeveloped to provide appropriate reception and services. In addition to the lift and the magnetic loop, tactile boards are installed along the route of the permanent exhibition and audio guides with audio descriptions are available.

Adapted mediation on request: adapted routes and speeches allow all people with disabilities to discover the museum's collections. By reservation, accompanied by a mediator, you can take advantage of the workshop visit with a dedicated tool.

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  • Groups welcome
  • Compulsory health pass


  • Average duration of the individual visit: 60 min
  • Average duration of the group visit: 30 min
  • Groups of 10 to 30 people welcome.


  • Groups welcome
  • Compulsory health pass

Visit languages

  • French

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently

Group visits services

  • Unguided group visits on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Opening hours

Museum open Tuesday to Sunday: April to October from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m., and from November to March from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.

Closed on January 1, May 1, November 11 and December 25.


Group rate from 10 people.

For rates for adult and young groups (guided tours) contact us.

For rates for adult and young groups (guided tours) contact us.

Payment method

  • Check
  • Species

Equipments and Services


  • Elevator
  • Toilets
  • Show room
  • Parking nearby


  • Educational visits
  • Shop
  • Drop off on site for groups
  • Permanent animator
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Tourist information
  • Free visits
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Children's entertainment
  • Temporary exhibitions

Reduced mobility

Adapted tourism

  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • Reserved space 330 cm wide <20 m from the site
  • Smooth rolling and barrier-free ground
  • Doors> = 77 cm wide
  • Lift (80 x 130 cm) and door> = 77 cm
  • Reception desk between 70 and 80 cm high
  • Height without table> = 70 cm width> = 77 cm
  • WC + grab bar + circulation space
  • Magnetic buckle available at reception
  • Presence of pictograms and / or simplified visuals
  • Relief map, tactile model or audio description device available at reception
  • Reception staff made aware of the reception of people with disabilities


From Grenoble, A48 direction Lyon, Voiron exit.
Near the "Place Général Leclerc" stop or the bus station for the Pays Voironnais transport lines and the TransIsère lines, and the SNCF train station.
The museum is located in a pedestrian street behind the Saint-Bruno church.