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5 museums to visit in Bordeaux

Famous all over the world for its vineyards, this lively metropolis in the south-west offers a wide range of activities. Bordeaux is a dynamic city with many stories to tell, and these are interwoven into the fabric of the city's rich cultural heritage. Between shopping and a river cruise on the Garonne, take time to discover the city's fascinating and rewarding cultural attractions. Bordeaux's many museums offer something for everyone, and the theme of this summer's cultural season is Liberté. Eager to discover Bordeaux's art and history? Then take a look at our top five pick of the best museums.  

Great value offer: 
Make the most of your stay with a "CityPass", which allows you to visit all the museums mentioned below at a reduced rate. You also get unlimited access to all public transport, numerous discounts and many other benefits.

 
Tomb in Musée d'Aquitaine
 
Painting in Musée des Beaux Arts

 

 

 

01 | Museum of Aquitaine: Without history, there is no future ...

Travel back in time in one of the largest historical museums outside the capital. Discover the secrets and stories of the city and its surrounding region.  From prehistoric times up to the present day, the Museum of Aquitaine is a must-see for you and the whole family. Over and above its varied and renowned collections, this museum has become a reference point for France's heritage. From June 2019: come and ride some seasonal waves at the temporary exhibition "La déferlante surf" ("Breaking surf"). Discover the history of surfing culture from its origins to the present day, in 800 square metres of exhibition space. 

02 | La Cité du Vin: Where wine takes centre stage

Whether you're a connoisseur or simply an enthusiast, take a trip to the Bacalan district and discover the next generation site through its evocative architecture. A visit to this unique place offers a multitude of interactive experiences. Take an immersive sensory tour at your own pace and you'll soon discover that the experience is unmissable. After your bike tour on the banks of the Garonne, take a break with some wine-tasting at this popular Bordeaux leisure spot. Take a trip through time and space – and across a range of themes – to discover and understand the secrets of wine. The culmination of your visit - make time for the "Belvedere" panoramic bar, at the top of this beacon of wine tourism. 

 

03 | Musée des Beaux Arts: A neoclassical institution

Located in the gardens of the City Hall since 1881, the Musée des Beaux-Arts is one of Bordeaux's most important cultural institutions. It has been fully renovated and redesigned to exhibit more artworks and welcome a wider public. This institution is an absolute must for all art history enthusiasts. The museum owns works by some of the greatest artists of Bordeaux and Europe, including Perugino, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Van Dyck, Rubens, Delacroix, Matisse, Kokoschka, Albert Marquet (Fauvism) and André Lhote (Cubism). June 2019 marks the kick-off of the cultural season "Liberté" during which the Louvre will lend 45 artworks from its collection for exhibition. 

04 | Cap Sciences: Eureka! 

Cap Sciences combines fun and culture for curious minds and enthusiasts. With so many puzzling questions to answer, the challenge of Cap Sciences is to make this complexity accessible to everyone using a range of activities. Dedicated entirely to science and technology, you will find a place for interaction as well as a centre for events, conferences and exhibitions. Want to understand and learn more about everything from biodiversity to technological developments  with family or friends? Make your trip a memorable one! 

05 | CAPC, the Museum of Contemporary Art

Just a short distance from Quai Louis XVIII, this museum is brimming with history and not to be missed. Outstanding thanks to its remarkable architecture, this museum offers you one of the richest contemporary collections in France. With more than a thousand artworks from the late 1960s through to the present day, CAPC has made its mark on the French contemporary art scene by organising gatherings, workshops and conferences throughout the year. This really is an unmissable stop on your Bordeaux itinerary! 


> You can find comprehensive information about Bordeaux's museums here.