A certified "Museum of France" since 2002, the Fabre Museum in Montpellier opened in 1828 in response to a suggestion by the local painter François-Xavier Fabre. It is one of France's most important museums.
Between history and modernity, the visitor is taken on a journey into the art world through the centuries, discovering the great Flemish, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and French masters.
When visiting, you have three options:
- The main trails, arranged across a number of rooms: the early art trail, with Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 17th century, European paintings on canvas and sculptures from the 14th to 18th centuries, as well as neoclassical paintings; the modern art trail, with works by Delacroix, Ingres, Courbet, Bazille, Richier and Soulages; the decorative arts trail, located in the Cabrières-Sabatier d'Espeyran Mansion; and the dedicated graphic arts trail.
- Themed trails: paintings of interiors, nudes, fruit, cloth and fabrics, children, angels, heroes, flowers, etc.
- A trail that can be customised individually online, by selecting the works of your choice.
There are game booklets for families, to help them explore the permanent collections. The museum also has temporary exhibitions of great heritage value, and a varied programme of activities, to meet demand from the public, be they tourists or Montpellier residents. For example, at lunch time on the last Friday of every month, you can take the "Curator's tour", which will guide you around the exhibits. This first-class museum also offers workshops for children and adults, as well as conferences, including classes from the Louvre School. Don't miss this attraction if you're visiting Hérault's capital.
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM