Museums in the Midi-Pyrenees North

Art, archaeology, history and prehistory - find out about the local museums...

There is a large selection of museums in the Midi-Pyrénées North area, with subjects ranging from history and agriculture to knife-making and Gallo-Roman life.

Museums in France are often closed on Mondays or Tuesdays. Entry fees vary and discounts may be available for pensioners and children.  Free entry is available at some monuments and museums on the first Sunday of each month.

Museums in the Midi-Pyrenees North

Aveyron (12)

Maison de la Châtaigne et des Arts Religieux: A museum dedicated to the chestnut, a valuable staple food in the diet of many people living in rural areas. Discover how chestnuts and chestnut flour are used and find out about uses for chestnut wood. The museum also includes displays of religious art.

  • Maison de la Châtaigne et des Arts Religieux
    : Le Bourg, 12430 Ayssénes
    Tel: 06 43 12 57 65

Museé du Couteau de Laguiole: A museum and working factory designed by Philippe Starck. The museum explains the origins of the famous Laguiole knife and on most weekdays an expert blacksmith demonstrates the skills necessary to create a knife. The museum also has an exhibition hall of Laguiole knives.

  • Musée du Couteau de Laguiole
    : Route d'Aubrac, Zone Artisanale la Poujade, 12210 Laguiole
    Tel: 05 65 51 23 47
    Fax: 05 65 51 51 38

Musée Fenaille: A museum of menhirs, or standing carved stones, which are believed to date back to up to 300,000 years ago. More contemporary carvings, from the 17th century, are also on display. The museum is closed on Mondays.

  • Musee Fenaille
    : 14 place Eugène Raynaldy, 12000 Rodez
    Tel: 05 65 73 84 30

Lot (46)

Musée Eclate: A museum featuring Quercynoise utilitarian household crafts, tools and skills of past times, including clog making, food preservation and distilling. Crafts activities available for children. Reservations are required for guided visits. The museum is closed on Saturday except for visitors with reservations.

  • Musée Éclaté
    : Place de la Tour, 46100 Cardaillac
    Tel: 05 65 40 10 63 / 05 65 40 15 65

Museé Lurcat: A museum dedicated to the work of artist Jean Lurçat, a contemporary painter and textile artist whose work was often politically charged. The museum is closed on Mondays.

  • Museé Lurçat
    : Saint-Laurent-les-Tours, 46400 Saint-Céré
    Tel: 05 65 38 28 21

Musée de Préhistoire Amédée Lemozi (Pech Merle): A companion museum to the large Grotte du Pech Merle and its cave paintings. The museum outlines prehistoric life in the area and has exhibits of prehistoric weapons, art and other artefacts that have been discovered nearby. A 20-minute film in English is available for viewing. Numbers of visitors are restricted due to preservation concerns. Reservations 24-hours in advance are recommended. In July and August, reservations should be made 3-4 days in advance.

  • Musée de Préhistoire Amédée Lemozi
    : Near Cabrerets (46060)
    Tel: 05 65 31 27 05

Tarn-et-Garonne (82)

Musée Ingres: A museum dedicated to the gifted 17th-century French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Sculptor Antoine Bourdelle is also featured in the museum. The museum is closed on Sunday mornings and on Mondays.

  • Musee Ingres
    : 13 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 8200 Montauban
    Tel: 05 63 22 12 91

Musée du Miel: An apiculture museum dedicated to bees, the history of beekeeping, the making of honey and products derived from honey. Hundreds of on-site hives house the black European bee. Open only in the summer.

  • Musee du Miel
    : Moure, 82120 Gramont
    Tel: 05 63 94 00 20

Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation de Montauban: Exhibits detailing the history of Montauban during the Second World War. Photographs, maps and other objects paint a portrait of daily life in Montauban under occupation by the Nazis. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

  • Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation de Montauban
    : 33 grand rue Villenouvelle, 82000 Montauban
    Tel: 05 63 66 03 11