Toulouse, from traditional art to aerospace!

20 juillet 2016

The Ville Rose, named after the clay bricks used to build the old town, is undoubtedly one of the nicest southern city of France. The architecture of the old Toulouse, its narrow streets, the banks of the Garonne and the Canal du Midi are the main attractions of the city. Along with the Saint-Sernin basilica, the largest existing Roman building and one of the most beautiful churches in France, the Capitol,  and the St. Stephen's Cathedral.

From the most traditional ...

To begin, the Musée des Augustins is undoubtedly the prerequisite for any cultural tour of Toulouse. The Museum of Fine Arts of the city  was opened in 1795 (!) in the former convent of Toulouse. It exhibits very important collections of paintings and is housed in a remarkable building that is worth seeing.

The Musée Saint-Raymond is also exciting and turns out to be the Archaeological Museum of Toulouse. It is based in the former college of Saint-Raymond, near the Basilica Saint-Sernin, and showcases collections from prehistory to the year 1000. In addition, during the whole summer and until September 25, 2016, you can attend the exhibition "Archeo, une expo à creuser," which will allow you to understand the archaeological excavations, their functioning, and the work of archaeologists ... an interactive exhibition that will entertain every member of the family.

A third "museum" is also a must-see in the capital of Rugby, the Hotel Assézat and the Fondation Bemberg. This hotel, which is almost a palace, is dated from 1555-1557 and now houses the Fondation Bemberg, an exceptional collection assembled by the eponymous billionaire. Paintings, sculptures and artworks from XVIth and XVIIth century are showcased with more recent French paintings from impressionism, pointillism or Fauvism inspiration.

Finally, this is not really a museum, but the Ensemble conventuel des Jacopins is another important edifice in Toulouse. This outstanding Gothic construction is dominated by a 45 meters tower.

... to the most futuristic!

As for modern and contemporary art, Toulouse is proud to have a "Musée de France", a major label that the Abattoirs - FRAC Midi-Pyrenees owns. This place is located in the former Abattoirs, as its name suggests, and is home of a huge collection of 3400 pieces including La Dépouille en costume d’Arlequin by Picasso, his fantastic curtain stage ... This summer, you will also have the opportunity to see the "Centrifuge” exhibition or "Morale du joujou."

Finally, a visit in Toulouse would not be complete without a trip to Cité de l’Espace. This scientist "theme park" is an unmissable event for astronomy and astronautics lovers, and those who are fascinated by the space conquest. If you have the opportunity to be in Haute-Garonne in August 5, do not miss the "Nuit des Etoiles" (night of stars), an unforgettable moment in the Planetarium and in the garden to admire the Sun and  the sky with professional telescopes.

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