If you needed a number of reasons to visit Montpellier, here is yet another one: discovering one of the most important museums in France, which holds 900 pieces between sculptures, paintings and other works of art.
Climb on one of our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable day in Musée Fabre. We’ll drop you off just a few steps away!
Who was François-Xavier Fabre?
The person that gives the museum its name was a painter born in the city, who during his career specialized in History subjects. It was during the time when he lived in Florence, during the French revolution, when he became most famous, and when he garnered the friendship of people like Vittorio Alferi – one of the most important Italian poets at the time, and whose wife, princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, donated her fortune to Fabre before her death.
Fabre used a part of this inheritance to acquire a wide collection of art; a collection that he donated to the city before his death in 1837, and which served as the foundation of what today is the Musée Fabre picture gallery.
Located right at the Montpellier city center, a stone’s throw from Place de la Comédie and right across Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, Musée Fabre is one of the main tourist attractions of this beautiful city in southern France.
Inaugurated by the painter himself in 1825, it has suffered an number of renovations during its almost 200-year history, and in addition to paintings by Fabre himself, it is home to paintings by other major French and international artists such as Delacroix, Zurbarán and Monet. Worth mentioning is also the presence of ceramic art from ancient Greece, and sculptures and drawings from various epochs and artists.
In addition to these permanent collections, the museum organizes periodic temporary exhibits. Among the ones currently available, we can mention one that lets us discover, until September 2nd, the different restoration works performed over some of the pieces in the museum, and the most remarkable secrets that these restorations have revealed.
A few of the rooms in Musée Fabre
When to visit Musée Fabre
It is always a good time to discover Musée Fabre. Located just a kilometer (0.6 mi) away from the Gare de Saint-Roch train station, visiting it just off the train is one of the most pleasant tours we can take part of in Montpellier, and it lets us walk past some of the nicest places in the city. Stumbling upon the tramway, walking up Rue de Maguelone until reaching the Place de la Comédie, or strolling around Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle will make us fall even more deeply in love with one of the most charming cities in southern France.
Some of the works that can be admired in Musée Fabre
Like many others in France, you can visit Musée Fabre for free the first Sunday of every month. Children under 18 who live in the city or any of the municipalities that comprise the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, as well as people under 26 who present a student’s credential, whether they live in the area or not, can also enter for free.
If you like taking pictures, don’t worry; the museum allows it and you won’t have to leave your camera behind or hide it. All they ask is that you don’t use your flash, both in order to preserve the works and to avoid bothering other visitors.
Entrance to Musée Fabre
Montpellier has always been a bustling, dynamic city interested in culture and art. In addition to discovering its night life, or the charm of some of its best-known locations, visiting Montpellier can be the perfect excuse to dive into one of the most renowned museums in France. And remember that by taking the Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains, less than three hours away from Barcelona, you will already be admiring some of the works in this city jewel.