Present on all continents, archery has a long and rich history. Indeed, the most ancient archeological traces confirm its usage around 12 000 years ago.
The shapes of bows and arrows and their uses are extremely diverse according to specific periods and regions.
In the museum’s collection of sacred art, Saint Sebastian, the Christian martyr pierced by arrows, plays an important role as the saint patron of archers.
The museum holds a large deposit of artworks from churches in the Valois.
This remarkable ensemble is made for the most part of wooden or stone statues, often polychrome, from the 13th to the 19th century.