Cultural attractions in Bordeaux

Bordeaux has numerous museums dedicated to the arts, from contemporary art to the decorative arts and design, it also has museums of natural history, ethnography, the history of trade and customs, and the history of the region. Their diversity is such that there is something for everybody!

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A passion for history

The Musée d’Aquitaine (Aquitaine Museum) presents the history of Bordeaux and the surrounding region, from prehistoric times up to the present. A new exhibit will open in March and introduce visitors to 20th- and 21rst-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.

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.

The Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute was created by dynamic entrepreneur Bernard Magrez, who owns an impressive collection of wine properties. He converted this magnificent town house into a cultural centre with regular exhibitions of modern and contemporary art; it has quickly become a popular venue, in a similar style to the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, owned by François Pinault.

Fans of unconventional art should head for the Musée de la Création Franche (Museum of Free Creation) in Bègles, with its collection of 16,000 works.

A journey into the past, the Submarine Base is one of the five bases built on the Atlantic coast by the Germans during the Second World War to house their submarine fleets. Today, this « underground” space has been converted into an unusual arts facility with a wide-ranging cultural programme.

2019 CULTURAL SEASON: Liberté! Bordeaux2019

The region’s cultural institutions will be uniting for a new cultural season dedicated to freedom, inviting visitors and inhabitants of the city to make a journey through history towards the ocean and the estuary. A hundred multidisciplinary artistic events will be proposed from 20 June to 20 August.