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Arts & Museums
Housed in the current Faculty of Pharmacy in Montpellier, this museum displays objects from the history of medicine, pharmacy and surgery. One mustn't forget that Montpellier was the first city where the teaching of medicine became established during the Middle Ages. Among the many curiosities on display are herbariums, decorated vases from the pharmacies of yesterday and surgical instruments. There are also remarkable reconstructions of two pharmacies from the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Century.
Specimens of over 15,000 animal species are stored in this museum. The ethnological section consists of objects from Polynesia dating from the expeditions of Admiral Bérard between 1817 and 1825. Masks, sculptures and weapons are all on display. There are also osteological and palaeontological collections and even a mummy which was found in 1982. The museum will please young and old alike with its rich collection of fauna from across the world.
One comes here not only to buy and taste fine wines but also to see a museum dedicated to the art of wine making. This castle is one of many near Montpellier as the fashion of building extravagant summer residences or romantic retreats in the country was all the rage during the end of the 17th and in the 18th Century. Bought in 1757 by Jean Vassal, an advisor to the Cour des Comptes, the gateway alone is enough to justify a visit. The château is now classed as a historic monument.
Found in the current Faculté de Lettres, this museum has a fascinating collection of more than 3000 pieces, mostly reproductions of ancient sculptures. You can discover Greek and Egyptian artwork and some reproductions of Gothic and Renaissance art. There are also 150 moulds of medieval art, from the Didelot collection, and from the pre-Romanesque and Romanesque periods from the Auvergne, the Rhône valley, Provence and Languedoc. This excellent way of catching up on art history is rounded off by the section on prehistoric finds from excavations in the region.
A project run by 2500 teachers and researchers, Agropolis aims at research related to food and agriculture. Information on agriculture from the world over can be learned at this museum, which is a great place for children and adults alike to learn about this field.The three sections: Orientation, Thematic and Prospective rooms, give a minute perspective on the relationship between man and agriculture. Discounted rates and free of charge entry is also offered, check website for applicable criteria.
Come and discover the history of the French infantry from 1480 to the present day. This little museum was created in 1973 and is filled with 800 illustrated documents, 43 mannequins, and 130 pictures and flags allowing you to travel back through time and learn about the evolution that the infantry has undergone over the ages. On the ground floor is the ancient history room (1480 to 1815) and the room of the African Army (1830 to 1967). On the first floor are the 19th and 20th-century exhibitions. In total there are 1500 items retracing the history of the infantry.
Tucked away within the buildings of the oldest medical faculty in France is a rare collection of almost 1000 drawings from the Renaissance up until the 19th Century. The collection is largely due to Roger Atger who from 1913 to 1933 made a gift of his collection. One can admire the talent in masterpieces by Caravaggio and Charles Le Brun of the Italian and French schools respectively and Van Dyck of the Flemish school.
The anatomical conservatory was created in 1794 within the oldest medical faculty in France. It houses an important collection of rare specimens, monstrosities and dissected anatomical organs which make it a real house of horror for the uninitiated. You can also visit the surgical theater built in 1806 and wander around the vast premises of the medical faculty on the steps of François Rabelais. The statue of this great 16th-century writer, author of Gargantua, and famous doctor, is found in the nearby botanical gardens.
The soaring steeple of the church of Saint Anne is one of the most visible landmarks of Montpellier. Situated in a pedestrianized zone of the city center, the church is no longer used for religious worship and today houses a city art gallery which regularly exhibits the work of artists from Montpellier and elsewhere. The artwork tends to be contemporary, including painting, photography and sculpture.
The gallery of the Ancien Courrier mostly exhibits works done by artists from the south of France like Jean Rudel. So the midday sunshine is celebrated in this gallery run by Danielle Benzima and Martine Mongin. This spring Philipe Vercellotti holds the place of honor. This painter from Toulouse shows us his world, that of boiterie: a bric a brac composed of boxes, phials, toys, boats. In effect it is an organized pile, in which the trompe l'œil technique is used. Furthermore you will find this gallery situated in the Rue de l'Ancien Courrier, hence the name, in the Écusson quartier, the historical heart of Montpellier. So you can continue your visit of the city in this quartier made up of narrow, winding alleysways.
Come to the Museum of Old Montpellier to get to know Montpellier better and discover the tumultuous and peaceful past of the city. The museum's abundant collection includes furnishings, objects and clothing from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the French Revolution. It's the opportunity to learn about the gradual transformation of the city once called Mont Pestelario in the 13th Century. If the prosperous capital of the Languedoc still carefully conserves many architectural features of its past, only a visit to this museum lets one truly immerse oneself in the history of the city.
Tucked away among the shopping streets of the historic center, this gallery lets one learn about the contemporary art scene. You can admire painted glass-work by Rémy Muratore or optical crystal work by Yan Zoritchak. The blown crystal with gold of Jean-Claude Novaro is also well worth a look. Whatever your opinion about contemporary art, the striking colors and forms are sure to make an impression. This attractive gallery offers a beautiful setting for original artists to reach a wider audience.