Museums and Galleries in Toulouse

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Museums - Introduction

Toulouse has alot to offer the museum goer. In your car hire you will find fine art museums: contemporary, traditional and ancient. There is the Resistance museum and a museum for photography, uniquely housed in a water tower, an historical museum for the history of the City of Toulouse.

Some of the buildings that house the museums in and of themselves have their own history: the Abattoirs, the Augustins which was a monastery and the Toulouse museum in the Hotel Dumay, an eighteenth century mansion. There are exhibits of the great masters, and of contemporary names. You'll find Toulouse has an interesting and varied offering, so enjoy yourself and visit her museums.

The musee des Augustins is located in the center of the city. It has an interior garden. It exhibits paintings and sculptures in the whole range from ancient times to modern art. The salle des Illustres is located in le Capitole, right in the center of Toulouse. You will also want to take your hire car and visit the couvent des Jacobins and the fondation Bemberg which has resnaissance and modern art. The espace d'Art moderne et contemporain on the left bank of the Garonne, has a permanent collection of modern art. And if you are interested in photography or graphic arts, go with your rental vehicle to the centre municipal de l'Affiche. And don't miss the de la Carte postale et de l'Art graphique and the galerie municipale du Château-d'eau.

You may find it fun to get in the car you have hired and go exploring in the interesting little areas of Toulouse where there are a number of art galleries, such as: Galerie Sollertis, Galerie Jacques Girard, Galerie du Coq d'Inde et du Biblion. It is at these places you can buy works of art of lesser known artists and local artists. Interesting and lesser known museums are the decorative arts places like the musée Paul Dupuy. They house displays of antiques. There is also the musée Georges-Labit, devoted to Asian and Ancient Egyptian art. For those who take a close interest in history and particularly local history, the Saint-Raymond archaeological museum is a good place for learning about local history. The musée du Vieux Toulouse and the musée départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation bring to life the daily lives of the people of Toulouse and the time of the Resistance during World War II. It is good to note museums offer free entry on the first Sunday of every month. Also practical are museum passports, available in each of the city's museums, which allow visitors access to three museums for EUR 4.57 or, for enthusiastic museum goers, six museums for EUR 7.62.

Les Abattoirs
Modern and Contemporary Art

Tel : 05 62 48 58 00
Fax : 05 62 48 58 01
E-mail :
Site web :

Open daily except Mondays,
summer : 12.00 to 20.00
winter : 11.00 to 19.00
(Metro Saint Cyprien
bus 1)

Les Abattoirs for modern and contemporary art sits on the Left Bank of the Garonne. The museum, once an abattois, became Les Abattois, the museum in 1995 when it was created by Antoine Stinco and Remi Papillaut.

It now houses permanent and temporary exhibitions, a home for experimental art and creativity, a library and bookshop, a cafe and restaurant and an auditorium. On July 14th, 1936 a theatre curtain made by Picasso was installed. Les Abattoirs houses 'La Depouille du Minotaure en costume d'larlequin' consisting of almost 4000 drawings, paintings, photos and reliefs.

There is a plethora of post Second World War art at Les Abattoirs representing Europe, the U.S.A. and the Far East and there are examples of schools such as: abstract expressionism, tachism, art brut, El Paso, Cobra, spatialism, arte provera and trans avant garde. Such artists as Aman, Bellemer, Brassai, Cesar, Chassac, Dado, Dubuffet, Duchamp, Hartung, Le Gac, and Mapplethorpe are all to be seen here.

Entrance: 6,10 euros
Free entrance the first Sunday of the month

Les Augustins
Musée des Augustins and Musée des Beaux Arts

METRO Esquirol
Tel : 05 61 22 21 82
E-mail :
Site web : http ://

Open every day from 10.00 to 18.00, except Tuesdays, 25th December, 1st January and 1st May.
Late opening on Wednesdays
till 21.00

 Les Augustins, Musee desAugustins and Musee des Beaux Arts was an Augustinian monastery. The environment of the buildings reflect back to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and are in and of themselves interesting. It has a collection of Romanesque and Sourthern Gothic sculptures and masterpieces.

There are Renasissance and classical works by Bachelier, Arcis, Maillol, Rodin and Camille Claudel. There are also housed here Italian works by Prugino, Guido, Crespi, Guardi to name a few. If you are interested in French paintings, there are works from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries by such artists as: Delacroix, Ingres, Vigie-Lebrun, not to forget, Corot and Courbet. You'll find works by Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard and Manguin. You'll find the artists: Chalette, Tournier, Jean-Pierre, Jean and François de Troy, Jean-Paul Laurent and Henri Martin coming out of the Golden Ages of painting in Toulouse.

Entrance: 2,20 euros
Free entrance the first Sunday of the month.

La fondation Bemberg
Hotel d'Assézat

Tel : 05 61 12 06 89

Open every day from 10.00 to 12.30
and 13.30 to 18.00
except Mondays,
late opening on Thursdays
until 21.00
Theme tours Thursdays at 19.00

Hotel d'Assézat, which houses Fondation Bemberg is in itself an example of Renaissance architecture. It was built by Nicholas Bachelier for Pierre d'Assézat. George Bemberg was a lover of art and books and was a collector. It is his collection that is found here. The Fondation Bemberg also houses paintings by Bonnard, Renaissance bronzes and Venetian sculptures.

Entrance: 4,6 euros

Le Musée des compagnons

(street next to the
rue Saint-Rome)
Tel : 05 62 71 58 91
Fax : 05 62 71 58 98

Facilities for groups at other times:
Telephone the Fédération
Site web :

Open Wednesday afternoons
14.30 to 17.30

Exhibits dealing with the work of the Grande Ecole des Metiers
Wood and iron work, structural works

For those of you who may want to go to a museum off the beaten track, you might try Le Musée des Compagnons. It is a museum for the world of journeymen whose skills are in the trades of wood, iron and structural works. The exhibition takes you on a tour of their precision and skill. For instance, if you would like to see the architectural style of the Middle Ages, it is housed here, showing you the half-timbered building with brick and cob walls and the heavy timber framing.

Entrance: 3 euros
Free for children under 12.

Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation

Tel : 05 61 14 80 40

Open Monday to Friday
9.30 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00; Saturdays 14.00 to 17.00.

You'll find this museum of interest for those of you interested in the history of World War II and the part the French Resistance played in that war. The Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation was opened by Jean-Philippe on the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Toulouse and of Haute-Garonne, on October 19th, August 1994. It is a museum for history, research and is a memorial.

Free admission.

Le Monument à la gloire de la résistance

Tel : 05 61 14 65 50

Open 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.00. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Further continue your interest in la Résistance by visiting Le Monument a la gloire de la Résistance. This monument exhibits artifacts of the Occupation and the Resistance in France and in the area of Toulouse. It was built in 1971. It is located close to the former Gestapo headquarters.

Le Musée Paul Dupuy

(Corner of Rue Ozenne)
Tel : 05 61 14 65 55

Open daily 10.00 to 17.00
(1st October to 31st May),
and 10.00 to 18.00
(1st June to 30th September).
Closed Tuesdays and public holidays.

Le Musée Paul Dupuy is a unique chance to see the artifacts that make the past come to life. It has the feel of being in a mansion. The "Cabinet des Objets d'Art" holds gold pieces, pottery, glass, ironwork and textiles. You will see a reconstruction of a Jesuit pharmacy, wood carvings and Edouard Gélis clocks and watches. There are also weaponry and musical instruments., coins, seals and meteorology. One of the exhibitions are of drawings, engravings and posters by the artists from Toulouse and Languedoc.

Entrance: 2,20 euros
Free entrance the first Sunday of the month.

Musée Georges Labit

Tel : 05 61 22 21 84

Open daily 10.00 to 17.00
(1st October to 31st May)
and 10.00 to 18.00
(1st June to 30th September).
Closed Tuesdays and public holidays.

If you are interested in the art from the Far East and Egypt, the Musée Georges Labit is an interesting museum . Georges Labit had a collection from his many travels in the late nineteenth century. Being that it is located outside of the city, you may well want to take your rental car to go out there. It is well worth the trip. There is art from India, China, Cambodia, Tibet, Nepal, Egypt and Japan. You will find objects such as: mummies, sarcophagi, Indian wood carvings, Buddhas, Chinese artifacts like terracottas and masks and Japanese Samurai armour.

Entrance: 2,20 euros
Free entrance the first Sunday of the month.

La Galerie Municipale du Château d'Eau

Tel : 05 61 77 09 40
Fax : 05 61 42 02 70

Open every day except Monday
and bank holiday
from 13h00 to 19h00


If photography is your interest, you won't want to miss La Galerie Municipale du Chateau d'Eau. Take your rental car and before you even get to the exhibitions, you will probably be interested in this unique museum. It was once a working water tower from the 1920's. It was buillt to supply the fountains and water supply points in the city. Its old hydraulic machinery can still be seen. The museum for photography was founded in 1974 by Toulouse photographer Jean Dieuzaide. There is the permanent exhibit on the history of early and contemporary photography. And, there are, of course, shows of nationally and internationally famous photographers. This gallery is one of the oldest photo galleries in Europe.

Entrance: 2,30 euros

Musée Saint-Raymond
Musée des Antiques

Tel : 05 61 22 31 44

Open every day from 10.00 to 18.00
(1st September to 31st May),
and from 10.00 to 19.00
(1st June to 31 August).
Closed on 1st January, 1st May,
25th December.

If the archeology of Antiquity and the Middle Ages is your interest, visit the Musée Saint-Raymond.It has the largest collection of Roman statuary discovered in France and has an outstanding collection of sculptures of antiquity. By the way, the museum, itself, is a listed national monument from the fifteenth century.

Tour with commentary by art historian. Specialist library (11, rue des Trois-Renards) open to the public daily 10.00 to 18.00; Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 18.00. Closed 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.

Entrance: 2,20 euros
Free entrance the first Sunday of the month.

Le Musée du vieux Toulouse
Hotel Dumay, XVIth century

Tel : 05 62 27 11 50

Open 15th June to 15th October, every afternoon except Sundays and bank holidays, 14.00 to 18.00.
During the year, open for groups and schools, reservations required.

This is a museum in an XVIIIth century town mansion, with pictures and historical records recalling the past history of Toulouse. In the XVIIIth century setting of its salons with a thousand items on display, visitors can discover the great moments of the city’s past, its old institutions, its now disappeared great monuments and sights and the lives of its earlier people and its customs.
For those of you that want to know more about Toulouse, take your hired car and visit its customs, sights and monuments of yesteryear; this is just the museum for you. You'll find here exhibits of great occurrences in the city's past and institutions that existed long ago or old pictures of buildings present and past. There are also historical records and pictures that make the past in Toulouse come alive. It is housed in the eighteenth century Hotel Dumay, which is in itself quite interesting.
Entrance: 2,20 euros