Amusements and things to do in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region in the South of France. Between Provence and the Pyrénées, the Languedoc-Roussillon Region has mountains and Mediterranean beaches, and borders Spain.
Agde - Hérault (34300)
20 km southeast of Beziers; 25 km southwest of Sète.
Santons du Monde Museum - Musée Santons du Monde
A display of over 2000 santons of Provence, in a 17th-century building.
Location: 2 Ave de Vias (across from the Cathedral St-Etienne, on the banks of the Hérault)
Open: Daily, July-Aug: 10h-20h; Sept-June: 14h-18h30
Closed: January 1st
Aigues-Mortes - Gard (30220)
Le Monument d'Aigues-Mortes
Visit the Tour de Constance and the Ramparts
Location: Place Anatole France
Entry: €6.50; 18-25 €4.50; under 17 free
Tel: 0466 536 155; Fax: 0466 537 998
Musée Paleo Passion
Location: 33 rue E. Jamais
Open: every week-end and on school holidays in April, May and June. Open every day from June 15th to September 15th.
The Paléo Passion Museum presents you a splendid fossils and minerals collection coming from Europe. Dinosaurs' eggs, ammonites, tribolites. Exhibition of more than 700 pieces for the great pleasure of children and adults.
Musée de la Torture
Location: 3 rue de la République
Tel: 0611 977 083
An unique and international famous in the world exhibition. A visual synthesis of the torture story and its very impressive organ. Several inventions to torture and kill.
Anduze - Gard (30140)
Music Museum - Musée de la Musique
A thousand musical instruments from around the world.
Location: 4 Montée d'Alès
Open: July-Aug: 7-days, 10h30-13h, 15h-18h30; School Vacations 14h30-18h
Sun and holidays all year (except 25 Dec): 14h30-18h
Entry: 4 euros; kids 3 euros (2012)
Tel: 0466 618 660; Fax: 0466 617 951
This large private collection is in the heart of a Medieval village, on a shady site beside the river.
Arpaillargues Museum - Gard (30700)
Location: Moulin de Chalier, ; Arpaillargues (eastern edge), 3 km west of Uzès
Open: 1 June - 30 Sept: daily, 10h-29h
1 Oct - 31 May: Tue-Sun (closed Mon), 10h-12h, 14h-18h (but open on holiday Mondays)
Closed: 15 Jan - 1 Feb, 25 Dec, 1 Jan
Bagnols-sur-Cèze - Gard (30200)
Contemporary and modern art, specializing in Provencal art.
Location: Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville), Place Mallet, 2nd floor
Open: Tue - Sun, 10h-12h, 14h-18h
Closed: Monday, some holidays
Tel: 0466 505 056
Céret - Pyrénées-Orientales (66400)
Museum of Musical Instruments - Musée des Instruments de Céret
A beautifully presented display of about 400 musical instruments, from around the world, and including Catalan musical instruments.
Our Beyond page Céret Music Museum has photos of the museum displays.
Location: 14 rue Pierre Rameil
Open: 10h30-13h30, 14h30-19h00
Entry: 5 €; under 7 free
Lézan - Gard (30350)
8 km southeast of Anduze; 15 km south of Alès; 30 km northwest of Nîmes.
Doll and Teddybear Museum - Musée des Poupées et Nounours
A thousand teddybears, dolls and ancient toys are presented in a 12th-century house.
Location: 4 Rue de l'Estrangladou
Open: 14 July - 31 Aug: 7-days, 12h30-18h30; Sept - 13 July: Sat-Sun, 15h-18h, or by rendez-vous.
Tel: 0455 831 957
Mialet - Gard (30140)
12 km west of Alès; 5 km east of St Jean-du-Gard.
Desert Period Museum - Musée du Désert
An historical museum for the "Desert" period of 1685-1787 in the Huguenot past of the Cevennes. From the Edict of Nantes to the Edict of Tolerance, the Camisards war, the persecutions and the resistance, up to the French Revolution.
Location: Mas Soubeyran
Open: Mar-Nov: daily, 9h30-12h, 14h-18h; 1 July - 1st Sunday Sept: 9h30-19h.
Tel: 0466 850 272; Fax: 0466 850 002
Free circulation or 1-hour comentary visit.
Nages-et-Solorgues - Gard (30114)
Nages Museum - Musée de Nages
An archeological museum, with artifacts from the Oppidum de Nages and the Oppidum de St-Dionisy.
Location: In the Mairie
Open: You need to ask at the Mairie for entry.
Notre-Dame-de-la-Rouvière - Gard (30570)
Small village in the Cévennes National Park. - 30 km southwest of Alès; 12 km north of Ganges.
International Postman Museum - Musée international du Facteuo Facteur
A collection of postal uniforms, hats, letter boxes, bicycles and other postal objects from 130 countries around the world. Collected with 20 years of research by to postmen.
Location: In the village.
Open: July-August: daily, 10h0-12h, 15h-19h; Sept-June: 14h-17h30 (phone to make sure).
Tel: 0467 812 038
The museum belongs to the Community of Communes de L'Aigoual; maintained by the Office de Tourisme of the Canton de Valleraugue Mont-Aigoual.
Chateau de Porte - Gard (30530)
Chateau de Portes
Medieval castel, with rooms on three floors renovated and open to visitors
Location: Col de Portes, Gard, at the eastern edge of the Cévennes National Park.
GPS: 44.267810, 4.026432
Open: Apr-May: Wed-Sun, 10h-12h, 13h-17h
June-Sept: Tue-Sun, 10h-12h, 13h-17h
Closed: Oct - Mar
Saint Gilles - Gard (30800)
Musée de la Maison Romane
The museum is housed in a 12th-century Romanesque building, classified as an hisorical monument in 1862. The displays include natural history, archeology and regional history.
Stair climbing is required to see all of the museum. Apart from the ground-floor displays, there are two upper-floor sections, each with its own staircase to visit one room each on two higher floors.
Location: Place de la Maison Romane
Open: Apr-Oct 9h30-12h30, 14h-18; Nov-Dec, Feb-Mar 9h-12h30, 14h-17h30
Closed: Sunday, holidays, all January
Tel: 0466 874 042
Saint Hippolyte-du-Fort - Gard (30170)
Silk Museum - Musée de la Soie - Gard-Cévennes
Silk-Making museum and workshop, focused on the silk-making industry of the Cevennes in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Location: Place 8 Mai
Open: 1 Apr - 30 Nov: 10h-12h30, 14h-18h Tue-Sun (closed Mon except for holidays)
3 July - 27 Aug: 7-days, 10h-12h30, 14h-18h
Guided tours in English on Wednesday, 11h30, during June - Sept.
Tel: 0466 776 647; Fax: 0466 77 66 47
Saint Jean-du-Gard - Gard (30270)
Cévenoles Valley Museum - Musée des Vallée Cévenoles de St-Jean-du-Gard
From chestnuts to silk. Located in a 17th-century inn, the museum is dedicated to people's arts and traditions, and deals with the history and the Cevenol Culture. Important to the development was the chestnut tree an silkworm breeding.
Location: 95 Grand-Rue
Open: July-Aug: daily, 10h-19h; Apr-Oct: daily, 10h-12h, 14h-19h;
Nov-Mar: Tue, Thur 9h-12h, 14h-18h; Sun 14h-18
Tel: 0466 851 048; Fax: 0466 851 361
Saint Quentin-la-Potèrie - Gard (30700)
Mediterranean Pottery Museum - Musée de la Poterie Méditerranéenne
Located in an ancient oil mill, sharing the courtyard entrance with the Gallery Terra Viva.
Location: 14, rue de la Fontaine Maison de la Terre; Entrance inside a courtyard.
Open: Feb-May 14h-18h; June 10h-13h, 15h-19h; July-Aug 10h-13h, 15h-19h; Sept 10-12, 14h-18h; Oct 14h-18h; Nov-Jan: wed-sun 14h-18h except school days.
Closed: Sun, Mon
Entry: 3 €; free for under 12.
Tel: 0466 036 586
Sauve - Gard (30610)
Pitchfork Conservatory - Le Conservatoire de la Fourche
A museum about making pitchforks from the nettle-tree (micocoulier). The micocoulier has been used for centuries to make pitchforks, by guiding the growth of the branches into the iconing three-pronged shape.
Location: Les Cazernes
Open: Apr-Sept, daily (except Sun), 9h30-12h30, 15-19h; Oct-March: Wed-sun, 14h-17h and School vacation days 14h-17h.
Entry: 4 €
Tel: 0466 805 466
Vallabrègues - Gard (30300)
Musée de la Vannerie
Location: Village, just north of Tarascon, southwest of Avignon
Open: Wed-Sun, 14h-18h
Tel: 0466 594 814; Fax: 04 66 59 48 14
Vannerie (reeds) and historical artisanal objects. Grand Café 19th century.