2. Musée d’Angoulême
In the Episcopal palace right next to the cathedral is the exceptional museum that recounts several thousand years of the Angoulême area’s history.
So on the ground floor you’ll peruse artefacts like the grisly but riveting severed skull of a Bronze Age woman or the awesome Agris Helmet that was found in a cave in the Charente Basin and held as a masterwork of Gallic Celtic art, dating back 2,500 years.
On the first floor are the museum’s Oceanic and African primitive art collection, numbering more than 3,000 pieces and donated by a leading anthropologist in the 1930s.
And then on the top floor you can study painting and sculpture from the French, Dutch and Flemish schools.