Toulouse Art Galleries
(Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, France)
Art galleries in Toulouse cover everything from Roman sculpture to modern art, being popular tourist attractions in their own right. For fine arts, a visit to the Musée des Augustins is a must, while for those visiting Toulouse with a passion for photography, the Galerie Municipale du Château d'Eau will be sure to exceed any possible expectations.
Perhaps most notable of all is the recently opened Les Abbatoirs, which is otherwise known as the Toulouse Modern and Contemporary Art Centre and is dedicated to modern and contemporary works of art. The main art galleries within Toulouse are described here.
Les Abattoirs (Toulouse Modern and Contemporary Art Centre)
Address: 76 Allées Charles de Fitte, Toulouse, France, FR
Tel: +33 05 612 48 58 00
Not a name that you would usually associate with contemporary exhibitions, Les Abattoirs was formerly Toulouse's city abattoir. In 2000, it became the Toulouse Modern and Contemporary Art Centre. Situated on the left bank of the River Garonne, Les Abbatoirs has become one of Toulouse's top cultural centres. For many, it's most memorable work is the huge auditorium curtain on display, which was created by Picasso. The gallery's collection now includes around 2,000 works of contemporary art.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 11:00 to 19:00
Admission: charge (free first Sunday of month)
Musée des Augustins
Address: 21 Rue de Metz, Toulouse, France, FR
Tel: +33 05 61 22 21 82
Housed in a former Augustinian monastery, this fine arts museum is noted for both its fine collection of paintings and artefacts and its unique setting in one of France's finest 14th-century monastic buildings. Exhibits at the Musée des Augustins feature everything from Romanesque sculptures, through to Renaissance and classical works, as well as Italian and French paintings. The work of Toulouse-Lautrec is also to be found here.
Open hours: Thursday to Monday - 10:00 to 18:00; Wednesday - 10:00 to 21:00
Galerie Municipale du Château d'Eau
Address: Place Laganne, Toulouse, France, FR
Tel: +33 05 61 77 09 40
The Toulouse Galerie Municipale du Château d'Eau was the first art museum in France to be devoted purely to photographic work. In the past 30 years, more than 400 exhibitions have been held here, bringing together the work of some of the best-known photographers in the world. The Galerie Municipale also displays the work of young photographers.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 13:00 to 19:00