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Unusual museums

Each of these unusually-themed museums is a unique place, and they’re all full of surprises.
Some take you back in time to discover Languedoc’s traditions, some are invitations to share a particular passion; there are so many museums to be visited. Great fun for all ages.

Languedoc, where traditions meet history

Musée du Tambourin - Hérault, le Languedoc © Photothèque Hérault Tourisme

The Old Village Museum in St-Guilhem (Musée Village d'Antan):

To help visitors to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the little town of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, this museum has been established in a beautiful medieval residence.

 

Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Olargues :

Local life in days gone by, collections of tools and paintings, workshop reconstructions, and a mineralogical exhibition of the area around Olargues.

 

Musée de Cruzy :

This museum displays collections of paleontology, archaeology and mineralogy, with treasures from the local area and its surroundings.

 

Musée du Tambourin in Gignac:

The game of Tambourin is one of Hérault’s traditional sports. This museum is dedicated to the topic and will tell you everything there is to know about this pastime, taking you back into the sport’s history.

 

Lights in the Mine (Les Lumières de la Mine) in Bousquet d'Orb:

The permanent exhibition ‘Les Lumières de la Mine’ is housed in an attractive exhibition space and displays a collection of miners’ lamps and other items from the mines, that have been entrusted to the Communauté de Communes des Monts d'Orb.

 

The Hydraulic Museum (Musée Hydraulique) at Gignac:

The Hydraulic Museum traces the story of water in the town, with the history of the Barrage de la Meuse dam starting in 1850. The displays include all the old machinery and photographs from contemporary times right up to the present day.

 

Espace Taurin in Béziers:

A museographic facility attached to the Béziers Musuem (Musée du Biterrois), created in 2002. The collections consist of documents concerning bull fighting in Béziers and also references to the history of bull fighting in general.

 

L’Oustal des Abeilles bee discovery centre in Faugères:

L’Oustal des Abeilles, an ecomuseum on the theme of bees and local flora, is an educational place to visit and learn about the ecological role that nature has assigned to bees.

 

Skills, local produce, arts and crafts

Miam (Musée International des Arts Modestes) - Hérault, le Languedoc © Miam

Musée Chapy in Boujan-sur-Libron :

Patrick Tournier has translated his passion into 1,400 items (motorbikes, scooters, tricycles, bicycles...) set out on display for visitors.

International Museum of Modest Arts (Musée International des Arts Modestes) in Sète:

Here you can see displays of ordinary objects from days gone by. Everyday knick-knacks, toys, collections, gadgets... all the everyday objects that had a certain amount of influence on contemporary art.

Musée des meubles modestes in Bassan :

Alain Fornells has created his wonderful museum of quirky furniture and objects where stories are told by items made from wooden crates and salvaged materials!

Ceramics museum at the Château de Raissac in Béziers:

Born out of a passion for ceramic art, the exhibits show creativity and illustrate trompe l'oeil techniques.

Le Palais de la Maquette in Valras-plage :

This is the only museum of its kind in France, with a display of giant animated models. There are various play areas and workshops to visit.

Toy museum (Musée du Jouet) in Pézenas:

Wander around this astonishing collection that includes some 8,000 items. For those who want to make it a more educational visit, all the relevant information is given on the signs.

Au Pays de Boby, in Pézenas :

The Boby Lapointe museum, created in memory of the man and the artist, presents a permanent exhibition dedicated to him, with rare photographs and large biographical, informative and fun displays.

Epidaure in Montpellier :

Epidaure-Espace de Prévention is a first in Europe in the field of preventative medicine and health education.

Bell Museum (Musée de la Cloche et de la Sonnaille) in Hérépian:

Hérépian’s museum of bells and cowbells explains how bells are made and looks at the skills connected with the world of foundries. This is an amazing place where visitors can touch and ring various kinds of bells and cowbells!

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