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Lodève Museum

Lodève Museum

Musée de Lodève

One can find the Lodève Museum nested in a town house from the 17th and 18th centuries, an elegant building and birth home to Cardinal André Hercule de Fleury, the tutor and prime minister of Louis XV. Renovated between 2015 and 2018, it is now endowed with a contemporary wing.

540 million years of Earth History : The Musée de Lodève is one of the very rare museums in France to cover 540 million years of Earth history 

Permanent collection

Earth Sciences  : Traces of life
After traversing the dizzying room of time, discover the extinct animals and plants which populated our territory. Each room immerses you in a geological period – Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Miocene… – with the landscape, animals and plants of each period. Through multimedia you will understand the formation of continents, the evolution of species or even the work of researchers.

Archaeology  : Man's footprints
The end of the Prehistoric era
The Musée de Lodève is one of the only regional museums entirely consecrated to the end of the Prehistoric era and particularly the Neolithic period (between 4500 and 2500 BC), a period not well known by the general public. It is throughout this fascinating period, a pivotal moment in the evolution of society, that man would begin little by little to change the way of life. Hunter-gatherers, they would progressively become farmers and livestock breeders. Brush the dust of the Prehistoric era! That is the goal of this new presentation of the archaeological collections. Nine animated short films show a slice of life in diverse ages of the Prehistoric era, by focusing on characters which will feature throughout the episodes. These skits give life to the objects on display in the cases. All the films were directed by the “Fées spéciales” the team behind Kirikou and the witch...

Fine-Arts : Sculpting lives
Sculptures and sketches of Paul Dardé
After experiencing a meteoric rise to acclaim in Paris and across the Atlantic, in 1920, Paul Dardé (1888-1963) decided to return to his native region to realise his dream of artistic decentralisation. He would never cease to fight to build a free and professional body of work, at the price of extreme poverty. Representing a fascinating period of Art History, a pivotal moment in the evolution of sculpture, Paul Dardé produced his works mainly between the two world wars, in a classical figurative style. Discovering his work is the occasion to lift the veil on a whole era and a generation of forgotten artists. Today his work is on display in great museums such as the Musée D’Orsay, the Tokyo museum of western art and the Chicago Art Institute. Today, the Musée de Lodève conserves 600 sculptures and 3000 sketches by Paul Dardé. It is the institution of reference for his work.

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 Key exhibition from 28 sep. 2019 to 23 feb. 2020
Ensor, Magritte, Alechinsky...
Masterpieces from the Musée d'Ixelles

This exhibition is an invitation to explore pathways in Belgian art, moving through a selection of masterpieces from the Musée d'Ixelles collection (Brussels).

This panorama, casting a light on the main currents from fin-de-siècle Belgium to the aftermath of the Second World War, illustrates the charged richness and unique character of the period. Oscillating between international influences and specifically local concerns, between a deep attachment to the physical and a fertile propensity for the imaginary, Belgian art reveals itself to be a hymn to modernity, freedom and non-conformity.

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openings : Open all year
- January to March :  tuesday to friday  10am-1 pm & 2pm - 6pm

 saturday 10am - 1pm. 
-April, May, June, September & October : Open everyday 10am-1 pm & 2pm - 6pm 
- July & August : Open everyday  10am - 7pm 

- November & December : tuesday to Saturday 10am-1 pm & 2pm - 6pm

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