An exceptional museum The Fabre Museum

The Fabre Museum in Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, one of the most important museums in Europe, takes you on a journey through the world of the arts through the centuries.

An exceptional museum

A bit of History

The interior wall, entirely made of textured glass, lights up at night with more than 3,000 neon devices. This original glass facade is an important architectural element of the project. This pavilion is dedicated to works from the 20th century: Pierre Soulages, Simon Hantaï and the “Support-Surface group”.

A natural and coherent route allows you to cross the spaces of the Jesuit college dating from the 17th century, passing by the Fabre Museuminstalled in 1828 in the private mansion of Massillian. Then it underwent major transformations such as the spectacular Galerie des Griffons, restored to its original volume.

The visit continues through 19th century enlargements, in particular the Galerie des Colonnes built in 1875-1878 to house the Bruyas collection.

Did you know ?

The Fabre Museum teams designed the website “Fabre dans mon canapé“(Fabre in m sofa) for all virtual visitors who cannot travel to Montpellier, students who cannot travel and, more generally, all those who are unable to travel to the museum.

A digital version of an “off-site” museum, this site offers you complete tours of the collections and exhibitions, but also stories, documentaries, educational materials, and even games and activities for the youngest.

The collections

The Fabre Museum of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole tells the story of the European creation from the Renaissance to the present days by offering large collections that will amaze you.

You will discover an amazing set of Flemish and Dutch paintings from 17th century. The masterpieces from great European artists like Allori, Véronèse, Ribera, Bourdon, Coypel or Reynolds will also delight you.

Another highlight of the tour, the work of the museum’s founder, François-Xavier Fabre and his contemporaries such as David, Ingres… The modern and contemporary collections promise both wonders: from Delacroix to Géricault via Courbet who stayed in Montpellier up to the Support-Surface group, without forgetting Impressionism with Bazille, Staël, Van Dongen, Richier

The end of the tour holds an ultimate enchantment: the unique set of works by Pierre Soulages retracing the career of this demanding French painter, the best known in the world.

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With our 24h, 48h, 72h City Cards, enjoy free access to the Fabre Museum including the Hôtel Sabatier d’Espeyran: permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and individual guided tours. Reservation online or at the Tourist Office.

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A true jewel of the decorative arts of the 18th and 19th centuries, this decorative department will dive you into a special atmosphere retracing the lifestyles of the aristocracy and upper middle class of the time.

The mansion thus unveils a collection of remarkable furniture and freshly restored decorations, consisting mainly of furniture and objects from the donation of Mrs. Renée de Cabrières and her husband Frédéric Sabatier d’Espeyran, in 1967.

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