Visit the museums of the Tarn!

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In the museums of the Tarn , you will discover the remains of the Paleolithic and prehistoric times . The Cathars also left a beautiful architectural and furniture heritage there . The Albigensian Crusade marked the territory and left many traces. Between Gascony and Rouergue , it is a country of rural traditions , with a mountain character. After the wars of religion , it was class struggles that broke out in the Tarn. Mining has allowed the installation of many industries and the working population is significant, leading to a sharp social crisis at the end of the 2nd World War. This rich past promises beautiful cultural visits ...

Carmaux Glass Museum

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Museums on history and nature


The history of a region forges its character… Knowing the major events , the anecdotes of the past and the environment in which they took place will allow you to better understand the identity of this territory .

  • Archéosite de Montans: Activities, workshops, reconstructions, conferences… This living museum takes you to the heart of the Gaillac vineyard, to the Gallo-Roman site for the production of sigillated ceramics .

  • Statues-Menhirs Interpretation Center in Murat: This is a history museum from the Neolithic period, with these enigmatic stone statues, standing stones, as a common thread.

  • Museum Historama Cordes: In an authentic 15th century, scenes of everyday life in the Middle Ages are blended to make you travel through time.

  • Museum of Protestantism , in Ferrières: It is both a museum of religious history , on the significant events of the Reformation until the Dreyfus affair , and a museum of Protestantism , on Protestant practices and culture. It is very comprehensive and covers many social, political, economic subjects ...

  • Museum of Catharism of Mazamet: Here is the museum to visit to learn all about the Cathars : their history, their culture, their practices, the persecutions ...

  • Gaillac Natural History Museum : Here you will find a permanent collection on natural sciences , temporary exhibitions and a garden, with activities and workshops.

  • Museum of Art and History Charles Portal , to Cordes-sur-Ciel: This is the history of Cordes-sur-Ciel, from prehistory to the 20th century.

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Museums on local life of yesteryear and ancient know-how


The museums on the life and trades of yesteryear , the habits and customs , objects or everyday activities, will put you in the atmosphere of the culture of this territory .

  • Departmental mine-museum , in Cagnac-les-Mines: In the former Carmaux-Cagnac mining area, galleries and mine equipment have been reconstructed to put you in the shoes of a miner .

  • Maison du Sidobre , from Le Bez: You enter the largest granite mining center in the world . You will be able to see the extraction, the particularities and the transformation of the granite of Sidobre .

  • Glass Museum , in Carmaux: Glassmaking is part of local history and its use is still relevant today. This center is therefore both a museum and a space dedicated to contemporary art .

  • Glass museum , in Sorèze: It presents more than 2,600 pieces of old glass and offers you an overview of this ancestral know-how of blown glass .

  • Saut du Tarn Museum , in Saint-Juéry: Bringing together the metallurgical heritage of the former Talabot factory, it gives you an overview of the industrial era of the 19 th and 20 th century , from the point of view of a worker from the 'time.

  • Museum Dom Robert and tapestry of the 20th century , Sorèze: The Abbey School of Sorèze shows you the universe of an innovative school of the 19th century and works (drawings and tapestries) contemporary of Dom Robert.

  • Museum of the old car , in Moulin-Mage: Here are grouped mythical cars from the 1920s to the 1970s.

  • Old Trades Space, in Saint-Sulpice: Many tools and machines, old photographs tell you about the trades of yesteryear .

  • Le Militarial , in Boissezon: The museum exhibits military equipment and documents, in homage to the dead for France and with the objective of a memorial for Peace.

  • House of leather trades , in Graulhet: This former tanning factory you reveal a piece of industrial history of the region, explains and shows you the tannery leather work.

  • Maison de Payrac , in Nages: This museum opens the doors of an old traditional farm to you to appreciate peasant life in the Monts de Lacaune .

  • Fashion museum , in Albi: To stick to the world of fashion , the museum is regularly renewed and shows you pieces according to the selected theme.

  • Basketry Museum , the gallery of baskets, in Brassac: This house-gallery explains the ancestral know-how of the basket maker and the techniques used to create these baskets, both beautiful and useful.

  • Copper Museum , in Dufort: You will see the everyday objects of our grandparents there: cauldrons and other pots… to make you aware of this local copper craft .

  • Prefectural Museum of Textiles, Labastide: This former textile factory of the 19th century shows the production of textiles, carded wool to finished product.

  • Museum the dream of the past , in Ronel: It is an immersion in the countryside, in the good old days… thanks to miniatures, automatons, everyday objects of the past!

  • Miniatures Academy , in Albi: The artist tells you about his childhood through miniatures of buildings and interiors. A world of playful and magical dollhouses .

  • Museum of Wood and Toy , Mazamet: In the heart of the forest of the Montagne Noire , you follow the path of wood, from tree to toy ...

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Mining heritage in Cagnac-les-Mines

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Museums to discover great men ...

The Tarn has seen the birth of great men and welcomed famous artists . Museums unveil their works and pay homage to them.

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Art in all its forms


The Tarn has a long history, a magnificent environment and authentic inhabitants. This particular atmosphere has inspired many artists . You will take full eyes!

  • Museum of modern and contemporary art , Cordes sur Ciel: This museum tours of art contemporaindu 20th century, through its various movements.

  • Saint-Michel Abbey Museum , in Gaillac: Religious art, popular art, companionship are discussed there, but also archaeological works or on the theme of the vine.

  • Museum of Fine Arts , Gaillac: Oils, drawings, paintings, sculptures… It is a complete museum for lovers of the fine arts .

  • Musée du Pays Rabastinois , in Rabastens: It is a museum of classical art , with Gallo-Roman mosaics , paintings and sculptures, from sacred art and local works .

  • Raymond Lafage Museum , in Lisle-sur-Tarn: You will find engravings and glassware there .

  • Center d'Art Contemporain Le Lait , in Albi: It is a place of research, of dissemination, which works for the influence of contemporary art .

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Museums on local gastronomy


One last essential category, in the Tarn: gastronomy of course! Here are the museums for young and old alike.

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Here is our tour of the museums of the Tarn finished. Whatever your field of predilection, you will surely find your happiness there to satisfy your curiosity, to discover, to cultivate you and to learn lots of anecdotes on all these subjects.

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Article written by Stéphanie Tempier for the Guide du Tarn Aveyron.


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