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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Summer exhibition from 29 april to 27 august 2023

"Metamorphosis. Violaine Laveaux in dialogue with Paul Dardé"

As she is fascinated by the figure of Gorgon, the artist has gathered a range of forms, plants and animals inspired by Dardé's work and the life of Medusa. The exhibition thus offers a sensitive and playful stroll through plant and mineral installations (stoneware and porcelain), like a cabinet of curiosities inspired by a botanical and mythological imagination.

The second exhibition space presents the fabulous illustrations of Shakespeare's Macbeth that Paul Dardé produced in 1931. Lady Macbeth, a woman transformed by her quest for power, holds a prominent place.

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Office de Tourisme LODEVOIS ET LARZAC

7, Place du Rialto
34700 LODEVE

+33(0)4 67 88 86 44

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Opening time

Open all year

- January to March :  tuesday to saturday  9;30am-12am & 3pm - 5pm

- April, May, June & September  : tuesday to saturday  9;30am-1pm & 2pm - 8pm

- July, August : Open everyday  9:30am-1 pm & 2pm - 6pm 

 - October, November & December : tuesday to saturday  9.30am-12am & 3pm - 5pm

Closed on 1st of November, 25th of december & 1st of january




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