A passion for history
The Musée d’Aquitaine (Aquitaine Museum), located in the former faculty of Letters and Sciences, presents the history of Bordeaux and the surrounding region, from prehistoric times up to the present. A new exhibit, "Bordeaux harbour, gateway to the world", inaugurated in 2014, introduces visitors to 19th- and early 20th-century Bordeaux.
Located in a superb mansion on the Place de la Bourse, the Musée National des Douanes (National Customs Museum) reveals the secrets of this little-known institution in varied displays: uniforms, scale models, measuring instruments, etc.
A passion for the arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, located behind the Palais Rohan, displays 330 paintings and sculptures, from Titian to Picasso. The animal paintings of Rosa Bonheur, a Bordeaux artist, are also noteworthy.
The Museums of Decorative Arts and Design, with its original furniture and decor, offers a remarkable glimpse of the lifestyle of the Bordeaux aristocracy at the time of the French Revolution. The delicious tearoom is not to be missed!
A passion for contemporary art
The CAPC, Contemporary Art Museum, located in the Entrepôts Lainé, a former warehouse, has one of the richest permanent collections in France: over 1,300 works by 190 artists, including Robert Combas, Annette Messager, Mario Merz, and Richard Long. Until 17 April 2016, The CAPC is hosting a major monographic exhibition by Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes in the central aisle of the building.
Within the Hotel Labottière, this is the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, recently opened by a businessman whose career is a byword for excellence, innovation, and creativity in the wine world. Bernard Magrez, owner of several international vineyards, provides a new showcase for modern and contemporary art in Bordeaux, set to become the must-see hub of the new cultural scene in Bordeaux, along the lines of François Pinault’s Palezzo de Grassi in Venice.
The Création Franche museum in Bègles is a benchmark in the world of outsider art, with a collection of 14,000 works. Five exhibitions are organized every year, including the keenly-expected "Dissident Visions and Creations" event.