L’Hôtel de Cabrières-Sabatier d’Espeyran
Attached to the Musée Fabre is L’Hôtel de Cabrières-Sabatier d’Espeyran, a lavish Montpellier mansion that belonged to local notable...
Hôtel de Varennes
The Hôtel de Varennes is a harmonious 18th-century makeover of a medieval structure that now contains the city’s small history museum,...
Musée du Vieux Montpellier
This municipal museum has a fairly pedestrian collection of local-interest pieces, ranging from furniture to tapestries and antique...
The city’s main concert venue and conference centre.
Scrumptious pastries and fine teas served in china teapots are on offer at this cute cafe.
39 bd de Bonne Nouvelle · interesting places nearby
Musée Fabre information
Founded in 1825 by painter François-Xavier Fabre, this exceptional museum houses one of France’s richest collections of European art. The galleries are split into three main sections: Old Masters, Modern Movements and Decorative Arts, collectively representing the last 600 years of artistic activity in Europe. Most of the big names are represented, and the renovation has transformed the museum into a light, airy and engaging space.
Highlights of the Old Masters include three paintings by Rubens, a dreamy Venus and Adonis by Nicholas Poussin, and a collection of works by Jacques-Louis David. The Romantic section is strong on French artists – particularly Delacroix, Géricault and Courbet – while Manet, Degas and Delaunay are among the standouts of the modern section.
Of particular local interest are the works of Marseille-born artist Fréderic Bazille (1841–70), a close contemporary of Monet, Sisley and Manet. The artist has a whole room devoted to him: look out for his portrait of Renoir, seated on a chair with legs tucked up beneath him, and a moody portrait of the artist himself by a very young Monet. Tragically, Bazille’s potential was never fulfilled: he died aged just 28 in a battle during the Franco-Prussian War.
Attached to the museum is L’Hôtel de Cabrières-Sabatier d’Espeyran , a lavish Montpellier mansion that belonged to local notable Madame Frédéric Sabatier d’Espeyran. The interior of the house is filled with incredible ceramics, furniture and objets d’art – an evocative reminder of the fabulous wealth enjoyed by Montpellier’s elite during the late 19th century.