Discovering museums is a must in Toulouse

Toulouse is a small, quiet, historical and multi- cultural city where many different religions (Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Judaism and Buddhism) exist together. So, if you have an opportunity to come to Toulouse, you should visit the museums, they have different themes and styles, but not so many visitors and it’s not even crowded. Moreover, the tickets are much cheaper than other museums. I have visited these museums during the first month I came to Toulouse, and believe me, they are much better than you thought. And next, I would introduce the top three museums in detail.

Toulouse National Museum

Toulouse National Museum is a museum of natural history. It is located in the Busca-Montplaisir, specimen collection of more than 2.5 million. Naturalist Philippe-Isidore Picot founded the museum in 1796 as an old monastery. Opened to the public in 1865 and run by Douard Filhol, the Toulouse Museum is the world’s first prehistoric museum, thanks to collectors mile Cartailhac,Jean-Baptiste Noulet and Eugène Trutat. Today, the museum was completed by architect Jean-Paul Viguier in 2007. There are plenty of insects, animal specimens and a big garden in the museum today. It is the second nature museum in France, after Paris’ national museum of history.

Address: 35 allées Jules Guesde 31000 Toulouse, France (view map)

Way of arrival: Take Metro Line B to ‘Palais de Justice’ station

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00; November to April: only accept groups or reserved visitors.

Tickets: 9 Euro for adult,  FREE FOR STUDENTS

Phone: 05 67 73 84 84


Tips:Tickets are valid throughout the whole day, and even if you are out of the museum,  you can come back again on the same day.

Les Abattoirs

Les Abattoirs used to be a slaughterhouse in Toulouse and is now an important public place in the city. The main building is located on the left bank of the Garonne River with a Museum of Contemporary Art.

Address: 76 Allées Charles-de-Fitte, 31300 Toulouse (view map)

Way of arrival: Take Metro line A to ‘Saint-Cyprien-République’ station, then 5 minutes walk.       And it is a 30-minute walk from the train station.

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12:00-18:00


phone:+33-5-62 48 58 00


Tips: Next to the park and the Garonne River

Musée des Augustins

Musée des Augustins was originally built in 1309. It was once a monastery and its architectural style is gothic. After the French revolution, the Abbey was secularized and converted into a museum in 1795. It is one of the oldest museums in France (second only to the Louvre) and has a large collection of sculptures and paintings from the middle ages to the early 20th century. There are two very beautiful cloisters in the garden. The museum houses Roman stone tools and works by Rubens, Delacroix and toulouse-lautrec.

Address: 21 rue de Metz, 31000 Toulouse

Way of arrival: Approximately 15 minutes walk from the train station

Opening hours: 10:00-18:00; Wednesday 10:00-21:00; free on the first Sunday of each month;

closed on Tuesdays, closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 25th every year.

Tickets: 5 Euros for adults, FREE FOR CHILDREN and STUDENTS

Phone: +33 (0)5 61 22 21 82


Tips: Tickets are only available for purchases at museums, and credit cards are available for change.


Jingyi Zheng


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