Musee des Augustins is the home of 4000 pieces Western fine arts. It also homes Augustins convent which is one of the oldest convents after Louvre. The other part of the building is Church of the Augustines that started to build in 1309 and was to last until the beginning of the 16th century.
Musee des Augustines, an Exceptional Collection of Western Arts
1. The Sculptures
The museum's sculpture collection is in large part. It is particularly strong in 12th-century Romanesque. It also includes many 14th and 15th century sculptures (Gothic) that was locally-produced and 16th century terracotta figures (Renaissance) from the chapelle de Rieux, as well as gargoyles from the same convent. They also house the 17th - 18th century sculptures as well as from the 19th century.
2. Convent and Museum
Musee des Augustins consists of two buildings, the Augustins convent and the museum. According to Wikipedia, the building in which the museum is sited was built in 1309 in the Gothic style and prior to the French Revolution housed Toulouse's Augustinian convent. The convent was secularized in 1793 and first opened to the public as a museum on 27 August 1795 by decree of the French Convention, very shortly after the opening of the Louvre, making it one of the oldest museums in France after the Louvre and the Musee des Beaux Arts in Besançon.
After the museum has successfully undergone a restoration, the works will be brought under the day lite such as Secret Polychrome: The Restoration of Two Major 15th Century Toulousain Works.
The museum’s painting collection consists of paintings from primitive era, as well as the 16th century until the early of 20th century era. The painting collection also includes painting works by Spanish, Dutch and Italian artists. The Italian collection spans from the 14th to the 18th.
How to Get Tickets?
You may buy ticket online or directly on the spot. Group visitors have to place a reservation in advance.
How To Get Around?
To go around at Toulouse, it is suggested to go on walk, by bicycle or by public transport. Driving and parking can be pricey at Toulouse. Travelers are advised to buy a Toulouse Pass Tourisme that gives you several benefits such as free access for most museums, free public transport, and also reduction on watching many attractions, services and shops.
What Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable and nice clothes that is family-friendly. Preferably a fine one.
Best Time to Visit
Popular time to visit the museum is between 12PM - 1PM. Some travellers suggest to come in the morning or afternoon when the crowd has decreased. Their closing time is on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Will I Need a Guide?
Guides are present in each of the museum's rooms to guide you, however, if you want to independently view the museum, there is audio guide to be borrowed.
How To Get There?
There’re two ways to get to the museum, such as by metro or bus. If you want to go on metro, depart from Esquirol Station (line A) then stop at Carmes or François Verdier Station (line B). If you want to go by bus, take any bus that has stop at Esquirol or Boulbonne (Lines: 2, 10, 14, 38, 78, 80).
Until 2019, Musee des Augustins is partly closed for renovation. Visitors are only able to view 400 out of 4000 items whereas it is the academic and local painters parts.