Toulouse Museums Tour (Self Guided), Toulouse

Toulouse is the sixth-largest city in France and has an endless list of interesting places to visit. Some of the city's most noteworthy attractions are its museums, where you will find a large array of paintings, artifacts, sculptures and more. Take the time to explore the beautiful museums and galleries of Toulouse on this walking tour.
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Toulouse Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Toulouse Museums Tour
Guide Location: France » Toulouse (See other walking tours in Toulouse)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Musée Saint-Raymond
  • Musée du Vieux Toulouse
  • Bemberg Foundation
  • Musée des Augustins
  • Musée Paul Dupuy
  • Museum de Toulouse
Musée Saint-Raymond

1) Musée Saint-Raymond (must see)

Musée Saint-Raymond is located in a historic villa near Basilica Saint Sernin. It is a world-famous museum that exhibits a wide range of items. The museum's collection lacks a general theme but that makes exploring the museum even more interesting. You can find Roman sculptures and reliefs, Christian sarchophagi, Gaul jewelry and much more.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Musée du Vieux Toulouse

2) Musée du Vieux Toulouse (must see)

Musée du Vieux Toulouse is located in a 17th-century mansion and contains many important historical and cultural items from Toulouse. Here you can discover thousands of objects related to the city, its ancient institutions and customs. This quiet museum will surely delight history buffs.

Operation hours: April - November: Monday - Saturday: 2 pm - 6 pm.
Bemberg Foundation

3) Bemberg Foundation (must see)

Since 1994 the Hôtel d'Assézat has housed the Bemberg Foundation (Fondation Bemberg), an art gallery that displays the personal collection of the rich Argentinian Georges Bemberg. His foundation was created in collaboration with the city of Toulouse. The gallery's large collection features paintings, drawings, sculptures, ancient books and furniture, with a focus on 19th- and early 20th-century French paintings, as well as 16th- and 18th-century Venetian paintings.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am- 12:30 pm/ 1:30 pm- 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée des Augustins

4) Musée des Augustins (must see)

Editor's note: The museum is closed for work from June 1, 2019 to spring 2020.

The Musée des Augustins de Toulouse is a fine arts museum which conserves a collection of sculpture and paintings from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. The paintings are from throughout France, the sculptures representing Occitan culture of the region with a particularly rich assemblage of Romanesque sculpture.

The progressive concern of the museum's founder Jean-Antoine Chaptal, an early example of cultural devolution, was intended to ensure that "each collection presents an interesting series of paintings representing all the masters, all the genres and all the schools". In a series of shipments culminating in 1811, Toulouse was enriched with works by Guercino, Pietro Perugino, Rubens and Philippe de Champaigne.

The collections total over 4,000 works and their core derives from confiscation of Church property at the time of the French Revolution as well as seizures of the private collections of emigrés, in Toulouse notably the paintings of the cardinal de Bernis and Louis-Auguste le Tonnelier, baron de Breteuil. The museum's church even houses an organ built in 1981 by Jürgen Ahrend.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musée Paul Dupuy

5) Musée Paul Dupuy (must see)

Editor's note: Closed for renovation until spring 2020

Musée Paul Dupuy is situated in the old Hôtel de Besson near the Capitol. The exhibits were collected by Paul Dupuy, a resident of Toulouse, at the beginning of the 20th century. The collection is divided into several sections. One room has an exhibit of gold pieces, enamel, 18th- and 19-century clothing, furniture, wooden sculptures and a marvelous collection of Edouard Gélis watches. A second room is dedicated to meteorology, coins, seals, and more, while a third room houses paintings and engravings.
Museum de Toulouse

6) Museum de Toulouse (must see)

The Muséum de Toulouse, is a museum of natural history. It houses a collection of more than 2.5 millions items.

The museum was founded in 1796 by the naturalist Philippe-Isidore Picot de Lapeyrouse. It was at that time housed in the old buildings of the monastery of the carmelite friars. It was opened to the public in 1865 in its present location and under the directorship of Edouard Filhol.

Toulouse museum was the first museum in the world to open a gallery of prehistory, thanks to the collaboration of Émile Cartailhac, Jean-Baptiste Noulet and Eugène Trutat. Today the museum is housed in a 2007 building designed by the architect Jean-Paul Viguier.

Operating hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Toulouse, France

Create Your Own Walk in Toulouse

Create Your Own Walk in Toulouse

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toulouse 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.
Toulouse Introduction Walk

Toulouse Introduction Walk

Toulouse is an enchanting city and much of its beauty is found in the amazing details of its old, elaborate architecture and historic landmarks. Discover the noteworthy bridges, buildings and statues of Toulouse with this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Eastern Toulouse Tour

Eastern Toulouse Tour

Many of Toulouse's most popular attractions are located in the historical center of the city. However, if you want to explore Toulouse further, visit the eastern part of the city. You will see more locals and be able to better practice your French. Take this tour to explore the eastern part of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Toulouse Markets and Shopping Streets

Toulouse Markets and Shopping Streets

At Galeries Lafayette, a renowned Toulouse department store, you can find exclusive French items for sale. However, to discover some great bargains, visit Toulouse's street markets. At the markets, you will see everything from fresh, organic vegetables to antiques. Take this tour to explore the best shopping areas and markets of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Toulouse, also called the Pink City due to its original brick architectural style, has a unique cultural scene. It is the center of Occitan culture in France, because the renowned Académie des Jeux Floraux is located here. The Occitan cross is, in fact, the symbol of Toulouse. Take this self-guided tour to gain some insight into the cultural life of Toulouse.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Historical Churches Tour

Historical Churches Tour

Toulouse's historical center is full of architectural treasures, particularly churches. You will find a large variety of basilicas, cathedrals and cloisters built from the 11th to the 19th centuries in the city. Their architectural style varies from Romanesque to Gothic. Take this tour to visit Toulouse's picturesque churches.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Architectural Jewels of Toulouse

Architectural Jewels of Toulouse

Even if you are not an architectural expert, you can appreciate the beauty of Toulouse's historic buildings. Walk the streets of Toulouse and admire medieval 16th-century buildings alongside 19th-century structures. Take this tour and explore the hospitals, hotels, churches and plazas that make Toulouse unique.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles

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