Musee des Augustins, Toulouse

January 6, 2015 by
Filed under: France 

A Visit to a Toulouse Museum

Our cycling visitors often come to us via Toulouse, which has daily flights connecting with Bristol, London Heathrow and Paris amongst many other destinations. It also has direct TGV (high speed train) and motorway links to Paris (in the North) and Barcelona (in the South).

Toulouse is an interesting city, worth taking time out to explore, so we suggest (if appropriate) that our guests to break their journey to us with a night or two in the city. I spent a weekend in Toulouse a few weeks ago.

One of the highlights of my trip to Toulouse was a visit to the Musee des Augustins. I hadn’t planned the museum visit. The building caught my eye when I took a walk around the centre of Toulouse. I’d just emerged from the nearby Darty shop (selling TVs, computers, etc.) at Esquirol, so it was quite a contrast. The museum dates back to the 14 and 15 century, when it was built as a monastery. It became a museum in 1793 and the building has been extensively restored. It has a gallery which houses 12th century Romanesque sculpture, 14th and 15th century gothic sculpture galleries, a church with 15th to 17th century paintings and a gallery with 17th to 20th century paintings.

Outside the Toulouse Museum

Outside the Toulouse Museum









The museum has no restrictions on photography and video (I asked!), which I found very refreshing. It was an ideal opportunity to test out my new camera.

The Church

The Church at Musee des Augustins









There are 3 main parts to the museum, arranged around a courtyard with a wall on the 4th side. The courtyard is laid out with herbs and shrubs and has a covered walkway all round. Along one walkway is arranged a collection of 13th and 14th century gargoyles. It was very quiet in the courtyard compared with the hustle and bustle of the Toulouse streets on the other side of the brick wall.

Gargoyles at Musee des Augustins

Gargoyles at Musee des Augustins








The Courtyard at Musee des Augustins

The Courtyard at Musee des Augustins










A Visit to a Toulouse Musuem


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