Montpellier Museum Walking Tour, Montpellier (Self Guided)

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.
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Montpellier Museum Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Montpellier Museum 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: 1.6 km
Author: Cathy
Fabre Museum

1) Fabre Museum (must see)

The Musée Fabre was founded by François-Xavier Fabre, a Montpellier painter, in 1825. Beginning in 2003, the museum underwent a 61.2 million euro renovation, which was completed in January 2007. It is one of the main sights of Montpellier and close to the city's main square, the Place de la Comédie. The museum's national importance is recognized by it being classified as a Musée de France by the French Ministry of Culture.

On display are ceramics from Greece and the rest of Europe. Furthermore, the museum has a large collection of paintings from the 17th until the 19th century, with a large representation of the luminophiles movement. In 1825, the town council accepted a large donation of works from Fabre and the museum was installed in the refurbished Hôtel de Massillian, officially opened on 3 December 1828. Fabre's generosity led others to follow his example, notably Antoine Valedau who donated his collection of Dutch and Flemish masters to the city.

On the death of Fabre in 1837, a legacy of more than a hundred pictures and drawings completed the collection. In 1864, Jules Bonnet-Mel, an art collector from Pézenas, bequeathed 400 drawings and 28 paintings. In 1868, Alfred Bruyas offered the works from his private gallery to the city. He is credited with having moved the museum collection into the modern era. In 1870, Jules Canonge, from Nîmes, gave a collection of more than 350 drawings. A legacy of Bruyas of more than 200 works completed his gift in 1877.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

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Sabatier d'Eysperan Museum

2) Sabatier d'Eysperan Museum

The Sabatier d'Eysperan Museum is hosted by an ancient house, built in the nineteenth century. The museum is directly linked to the Fabre Museum, many showpieces belonging to the latter. Sabatier d'Eysperan focuses mainly on the exhibition of furnishing, paintings, vases and sculptures. The second floor of the building consists of a big hall decorated with Corinthian columns. The pride of the museum is a collection of sculptures whose author is the famous Augustin Pajou.
Museum of Old Montpellier

3) Museum of Old Montpellier

The Museum of Old Montpellier is located in Hôtel de Varennes, decorated with woodworks from the 18th century. The museum consists of several rooms with different themes. The first room begins with engravings and water colors and the second holds the office of Mr Pagézy, the mayor who transformed the city under the Second Empire. The best department of the museum is undoubtedly the black Virgin, a Madonna with a child, a polychrome wooden statuette from the eighteenth century.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 12 pm; 1:30 pm - 5 pm
Languedocien Museum

4) Languedocien Museum

Museum Languedocien's doors opened to the public in 1992, but its history starts much earlier, when a group of notable artists and collectors decided to initiate a society which would gather and preserve diverse art exhibits. The collection was launched with a series of Greek vases. Nowadays, Museum Languedocien hosts numerous exhibitions, conferences, shows and other cultural activities. It is located in the first historic residence of the city, the Jacques Coeur palace.

Operation hours: September 16 - June 14: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm; June 15 - September 15: 3:15 pm - 6 pm
Museum of X-XV Centuries Montpellier History

5) Museum of X-XV Centuries Montpellier History

Editor's note: The museum is closed for renovation.

Museum of X-XV Centuries Montpellier History is located right under the Jean Jaures Place, in the bedrocks of the old Notre Dame des Tables Church. The history tour of the museum starts with the foundation of the church and its tower, which was the religious and political center of the city in the Middle Ages. Further, the excursion continues with the study of the Medieval and contemporary periods of the city. The museum is endowed with modern video and audio installations.
Church of Saint Anne & Carre Saint Anne Gallery

6) Church of Saint Anne & Carre Saint Anne Gallery (must see)

Church of Saint Anne in Montpellier is one of the most eye-catching landmarks in the area. It is one of the tallest buildings in the city, and therefore can be seen from a long distance. The Neo-Gothic-style church was erected between 1866 and 1869 by Jules Cassan, on the former site of a church dating from the 12th century.

Since 1991, the building hosts a popular contemporary art gallery - "Carre Saint Anne". The building hosts exhibitions of paintings, photographs and other graphic pieces, featuring varied artistic trends. The manager, Dominique Thévenot, is very interested in promoting creative young persons of the region. Admission is free all year long, with exceptions during the biennial of creative young persons.
Anatomy Museum

7) Anatomy Museum

The Anatomy Museum was initiated in 1794. It is located in the building of the Faculty of Medicine. The collection of the museum includes approximately five thousand showpieces. The walls of the museum are decorated with the portraits of notorious doctors who made a difference in medicine. The pride of the museum, though, is the Anatomical Theatre - a staging of the surgical processes. The Anatomy Museum in Montpellier is the biggest of its kind in the entire country.
Atger Museum

8) Atger Museum

The Atger Museum has the second biggest collection of artwork after the Louvre in Paris. Besides its inner value, Atger Museum is also the most ancient museum in Montpellier. Its initiator is Xavier Atger. Since 1990, it has about 500 drawings on display in two separate rooms, featuring various styles: fancy motives, landscapes, caricatures and human and animal physiognomies. The museum is located on the second floor of the Faculty of Medicine.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1:30 pm - 3:45 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 Nightlife Tour

Montpellier Nightlife Tour

Montpellier is a city with a very wild and colourful nightlife. The younger generation is the main player in this phenomenon. Montpellier is also known as the "never sleeping city" and this is due to the incredible number of clubs, discos, bars, pubs and other such venues.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 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...  view more

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

Montpellier Art Galleries Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 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,...  view more

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...  view more

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...  view more

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.