Musée Fabre

Lonely Planet review

Founded in 1825 by the painter François-Xavier Fabre, and totally renovated to the tune of €61 million between 2002 and 2007, this landmark museum houses one of France's richest collections of European art.

The light, airy galleries are split into three main sections: Old Masters, Modern Movements and Decorative Arts. Highlights of the Old Masters include three paintings by Rubens, a dreamy Venus & Adonis by Nicholas Poussin, and a collection of striking works by Jacques-Louis David.

The Modern Movements has a good selection of Romantic paintings by Delacroix, Géricault and Gustave Courbet, and a vibrant, colour-splashed collection by key figures including Manet, Degas, Delaunay, Frédéric Bazille and Kees van Dongen.

Ceramics, furniture, faiences and jewellery make up the excellent Decorative Arts section, housed in a lavish former mansion belonging to the local notable, Madame Frédéric Sabatier d’Espeyran.