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The Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi, the Fabre Museum in Montpellier, the Soulages Museum in Rodez - set off to explore a region with nearly where the arts and culture, beauty and knowledge are warmly treasured. Do you like contemporary art, Renaissance painters or the wonders bequeathed by ancient civilisations? Here are our tips.
You mustn't miss Soulages in Rodez, Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, Ingres-Bourdelle in Montauban, Goya in Castres and Maillol in Banyuls-sur-Mer. These great artists were either born in Occitania or had close links with the region. The region's museums are exceptional for their unique character and rich collections.
Everywhere, beautiful museums immerse visitors in the major currents of painting, sculpture, photography, etc. The Augustins Museum and the Abattoirs in Toulouse, the Fabre Museum in Montpellier and the modern art museum in Céret will also be at the top of your visiting list.
At the Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes, we love the roof terrace with a panoramic view over the arena, and the café-restaurant supervised by the Michelin-starred chef Franck Putelat.
In Occitania you can explore the countless traces left by the major civilisations of the past. For the prehistoric era (and even earlier!), head for the Dinosaurs Museum in Espéraza, the Prehistory Museum in Tautavel or the Fenaille Museum in Rodez.
Antiquity and the great influence of Rome on the history of our region come to life at the Romanité Museum in Nîmes, Narbo Via in Narbonne and at the Saint-Raymond Museum in Toulouse.
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Jean-François Champollion, who deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs, was born in Occitania: in Figeac (Lot). The house where he was born contains the superb and highly contemporary World Writings Museum.
The decorative arts from the Toulouse region raise their colours at the Paul Dupuy Museum in Toulouse; and the traditions of Languedoc at the Old Nîmes Museum.
In our region, you can also enjoy some very special talents highlighted in their birthplaces. A visit to the Dom Robert and 20th century tapestry museum in Sorèze is not to be missed, and in a different style, the Millau Museum with rooms devoted to Millau glove-making.
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You can also encounter farmers, shepherds, miners and everyone who has helped build the identity of Occitania: for instance, at the Cuzals Departmental Museum (a huge, open-air museum!), the Pyrenean Museum in Lourdes Castle and the Bishops' Palace Museum in Saint-Lizier.
On the theme of life sciences, set aside a wonderful afternoon at the Natural History Museum in Toulouse, one of the finest museums in France.
On the theme of astronomy, take the cable car up to the Pic du Midi museum area. On the theme of aviation, amaze your children with a visit to Aéroscopia in Toulouse-Blagnac.
In Occitania, even sweets have their own museum: a visit to the Haribo Museum in Uzès will go down well all round. And while you are in Uzès, take a trip to Arpaillargues to visit the 1900 Museum with an unbelievable collection of objects that we all look at with they eyes of children.
Do not miss
In Auch in the Gers, discover the Museum of the Americas. This magnificent place holds a collection of sumptuous pre-Columbian art: it is the second in France, after the Quai Branly museum in Paris.
Visit the museums of Occitania, your allies for all your family outings or for two! Fine arts, history and archaeology, science and technology, arts and popular traditions, unusual objects, etc.: explore all the registers!
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