Montpellier Art Galleries Walking Tour, Montpellier

Montpellier is a very culturally developed city, boasting numerous art galleries. This tour will introduce visitors to the world of both modern and ancient art and will give everyone a chance to see the works of the most talented sculptors, painters and other artists. Some of the galleries presented here feature the works of the world renowned artists.
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Montpellier Art Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Montpellier Art Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Montpellier (See other walking tours in Montpellier)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: Cathy
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Pavillon Populaire

1) Pavillon Populaire

The building of Pavillon Populaire was completed in 1891, designed by Leopold Carlier. It was used as a shelter for various student organizations until 1990, when it was transformed into an exhibition devoted to photographic art. The Popular Pavilion is built in Neo-Renaissance style and adorned with sculptures. The gallery hosts different exhibitions all the time; the themes and the authors are always different and unusual.

Operation hours: Winter: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm; Summer: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 7 pm
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AL/MA Gallery

2) AL/MA Gallery

AL/MA Art Gallery is a contemporary gallery. It was opened in 2002 and since then has displayed the most diverse compositions of various artists. The interior of the gallery is minimalist, but the works that decorate the gallery are a real treat for the eyes. AL/MA often hosts diverse presentations, exhibitions and other cultural events.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 3 pm - 7 pm
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Place-des-Arts Gallery

3) Place-des-Arts Gallery

Place-des-Arts Gallery is a very special art gallery located in the historic center of Montpellier. The characteristic feature of Place-des-Arts is that all the works exposed here are made of glass or crystal. The forms and designs of the showpieces are rather unusual. Some of them are expensive and classy-looking, while others are funny and colourful. Some of the artists promoted in the present gallery are Yan Zoritchhak, Elisabeth Decobert and Jean-Claude Novard.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 12 pm; 3 pm - 7 pm
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Saint Ravy Gallery

4) Saint Ravy Gallery

Saint Ravy Gallery is an art gallery located right in the center of the city. It is a very popular building in Montpellier thank to its ancient arches and stone walls. It organizes about twenty exhibitions per year. All forms of visual art can be admired here. Besides exhibitions, the gallery often hosts various events, such as The Spring of the Poets and The Comedy of the Book.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 1 pm - 7 pm
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Ecusson Gallery

5) Ecusson Gallery

The Ecusson Gallery, like many other galleries in Motpellier, exhibits mostly contemporary art. The gallery has an abundance of diverse sculptures, watercolor, oil paintings and engravings made mostly by very famous painters and sculptors. The artists whose works are exhibited in Ecusson are known both in France and abroad. Some of them are painters Michel Calvet, Jean Soyer, Gerard Barthelemy and sculptors Pierre Riba, Mireille Chevin and Sabine Cherki.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 3 pm – 7 pm; Friday - Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm
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The Gallery of the Ancient Courrier

6) The Gallery of the Ancient Courrier

The Gallery of the Ancient Courrier was opened in 1990 by Danielle Benzimra and Martine Mongin. The gallery displays the artworks of the southern French artists, and gives a chance mostly to the new and budding ones. The gallery also has a nice restaurant where visitors can relax after admiring the paintings and drawings. Some of the most popular artists who exposed their works here are Sandra Bussiere, Oliver Bevan, Cristophe Giral and other talented people.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 1 pm; 3 pm - 7 pm
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Hélène Trintignan Gallery

7) Hélène Trintignan Gallery

Hélène Trintignan Gallery is a very modern art gallery located on a very busy street in the heart of Montpellier. Many extremely famous artists and sculptors had their works exhibited in this gallery. The French Art Galleries Committee included the present gallery in its list and Hélène Trintignan, its owner and also a talented artist, is a member of The Contemporary Art Court of Appeal.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm; 2:30 pm - 7 pm
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Jean-Claude Réno Art Gallery

8) Jean-Claude Réno Art Gallery

In the Jean-Claude Réno Art Gallery, numerous works of art of very different styles and eras are displayed. The interior contains an abundance of paintings, photographs and sculptures, mainly in the contemporary style. The gallery opened its doors to the public in 1984. The initiator of the idea was Jean-Claude Reno, who is still the present owner. Many famous artists had their works exposed in Reno Gallery. Some of them are Alain Gaudry, Eric Battista and Gabriel Couderc.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 12 pm; 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Walking Tours in Montpellier, France

Create Your Own Walk in Montpellier

Create Your Own Walk in Montpellier

Creating your own self-guided walk in Montpellier is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour

Montpellier Antigone Walking Tour

The Antigone is the most modern and futuristic part of Montpellier. Most of the buildings in this area are conceived by architect Ricardo Bofill and all of them are designed in neo-classical style, but they each have their individual charm and beauty. Established around the end of the 1970s, the architectural complex starts at the edge of Place de la Comedie and runs up to the river Lez. It is decorated with beautiful buildings, fountains, greenery and cozy cafes and restaurants.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Montpellier is a very attractive city from an architectural standpoint. Some of the local structures are extremely old, this being an inviting factor for history buffs. Among the ancient landmarks worth visiting here are the Tower of Babotte, the Opera House and more. Those with the taste for modernity will certainly love to explore the local buildings facade frescoes - a new course in contemporary art.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Montpellier Museum Walking Tour

Montpellier Museum Walking Tour

The museums of Montpellier are an important part of the city's culture and history. They not only provide external decoration to the city's panorama, but they also concentrate on the far-reaching evolution of the art and other branches (medicine, history). Over the centuries, Montpellier has had the chance to gain an impressive amount of precious showpieces which are definitely an important attraction for visitors.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Montpellier Children Entertainment Tour

Montpellier Children Entertainment Tour

Montpellier is a city with numerous attractions for children of all ages and their parents. The young ones will be happy to savour a delicious ice cream in Cocco e Fragola, watch an entertaining performance in the Théâtre de la Plume and pick a nice toy to take back home from the Pomme de Reinette and Pomme d'Api shop. The kids who are a bit older will enjoy climbing the Water Castle, admiring the exhibits in the Anatomy Museum and walking through the parks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Montpellier Shopping Tour

Montpellier Shopping Tour

Montpellier, being a French city, has an abundance of shops of all kinds. Of course the shops that promote traditional products, such as cheese, wine and perfume are the most popular among visitors and the owners try to reflect in them the true traditions of the French culture. French designers are also very famous everywhere in the world and the products bought in their shops are perfect gifts for friends and relatives.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Montpellier Corum Walking Tour

Montpellier Corum Walking Tour

The Corum in Montpellier is a very interesting place to visit considering the number of events organized here. Its surroundings are also well worth visiting. Montpellier, being a very animated city, hosts a big number of diverse concerts, festivals, expositions and other such events and most of them are held either in the Corum, or in the Ursulines, Pavillon Populaire and Kiosque Bosc. The Corum area can easily be named the cultural wing of Montpellier.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Montpellier for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Montpellier has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Montpellier, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.