Museums and Galleries
Museums and Galleries information
Bordeaux has a healthy collection of museums and galleries . Gallo-Roman statues and relics dating back 25,000 years are among the highlights at the impressive Musée d'Aquitaine . Upstairs is a small collection of statues and masks from the ex-French African and Oceanic colonies. Ask to borrow an English-language catalogue.
Built in 1824 as a warehouse for French colonial produce like coffee, cocoa, peanuts and vanilla, the cavernous Entrepôts Lainé creates a dramatic backdrop for cutting-edge modern art at the CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain .
The evolution of Occidental art from the Renaissance to the mid-20th century is on view at Bordeaux's Musée des Beaux-Arts . Occupying two wings of the 1770s Hôtel de Ville, either side of the Jardin de la Mairie (an elegant public park), the museum was established in 1801. Highlights include 17th-century Flemish, Dutch and Italian paintings. Temporary exhibitions are regularly hosted at its nearby annexe, Galerie des Beaux-Arts .
Faience pottery, porcelain, gold, iron, glasswork and furniture are displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs . For your own decorative treasures, browse rue Bouffard's antique and homewares shops.