The Baccarat Museum Gets a Refresh

Laurent Parrault

After a much-needed renovation, the museum shines brighter than ever.

Curious travelers who recently dropped in on Baccarat’s manufacturing campus, in the Lorraine region of France, probably found themselves disappointed. The storied crystal company’s museum, last renovated in the 1960s, had been shuttered for three years. But after a refresh by the Paris-based architecture firm Labro & Davis, the revived Baccarat Museum is now reason enough to make the trip. Housed on the ground floor of the original owner’s 1764 château, the space highlights everything from chandeliers to stemware designed for the likes of French kings and Russian czars. Standouts include an enormous 24-arm candelabra made for the Russian imperial court and a crystal chair designed for an Indian maharaja that took more than 300 hours to make. Cour des Cristalleries, Baccarat; 33-3/8376-6137.