The Lapidary Museum, adjacent to the library, displays a high quality selection of sculptures from the Middle Age, from Fontenay or other Abbeys, mainly in Burgundy.
This collection was formed in the early 20th century by Édouard Aynard, the art lover who restored Fontenay. The museum also displays some documents on the history of the Abbey ; a video is projected on the upper floor.
The museum is included in the entry ticket of the Abbey.
The bookshop, whose revenues are entirely dedicated to funding further restoration of the Abbey, offers a wide selection of books, primarily in French, pertaining to the Fontenay Abbey itself, to the Cistercian order and other monastic orders in Europe, to the figure and spirituality of Saint Bernard, and to medieval history. A selection of books is offered in English, German and other languages.
Visitors can also find recordings of sacred music and Gregorian chants.
Parents will find a wide selection of books and toys suitable for children of all ages.
Gifts and objects
Various gifts and souvenirs (jewelry, postcards ...) can be found, as well as objects of art specific to the Abbey of Fontenay, such as reproductions of glazed tiles, or the medal of the famous Virgin of Fontenay, designed by Arthus-Bertrand, and available in several sizes and materials (gold, bronze), including beautiful christening medals.
The bookshop also offers a selection of scarves designed after glazed tiles of the Abbey, and "Toiles de Fontenay", a collection of mural fabrics designed by famed artist and designer Alfred Latour. Alfred Latour created Fontenay's logo around 1950.
The library also offers typical local Burgundy products, including wine, as well as some specialties from the monastic crafts (teas, jams, sweets).