Montpellier's Fabre Museum

If you needed reasons to visit ​​​​​Montpellier, here is one more. Discover one of the most important museums in France, with more than 900 works of art, including sculptures, paintings and other pieces. Hop on our AVE (high-speed) France trains, AVE (high-speed) International travelling between Spain and France and prepare to enjoy an incredible day at Fabre Museum. We take you on our Alta Velocidad (high-speed) trains so you are only two steps away from the museum!  

Who was François-Xavier Fabre?

The person who gives the museum its name was a painter born in Montpellier who specialised in historical themes. He lived in Florence during this period (the French Revolution), when he acquired greater fame and became friends with other important artists, such as Vittorio Alferi, one of the greatest Italian poets of the time, whose wife, Princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, donated her fortune to Fabre before she died.   

Fabre used part of the inheritance to acquire an extensive art collection, which he donated to the city before his death in 1837, and which served as the basis for what is now the gallery of the Fabre museum.  

Inside the museum

Fabre Museum 

Located in the heart of Montpellier, very close to Place de la Comédie and right in front of Park L'Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, Fabre Museum is one of the main tourist attractions of this beautiful city in southern France.  

It was inaugurated by the painter in 1825 and has undergone several renovations in its almost 200 years of history. It not only exhibits Fabre's paintings but also the paintings created by other important French and international artists, such as Delacroix, Zurbarán or Monet. There is also a noteworthy presence of ceramics from the Greek era or sculptures and drawings from different eras and artists. In addition to these permanent collections, the museum organises regular temporary exhibitions.   

When to visit Fabre Museum 

It is always a good time to discover Fabre Museum. Only a kilometre away from Gare de Saint-Roch train station, you can visit it right after you hop off the train. This is one of Montpellier's nicest walks, which passes through some of the city's most attractive places. Finding a tram, walking up Rue de Maguelone until you reach the Place de la Comédie, or strolling around Park L'Esplanade Charles-de-Gaule will make you fall in love even more with one of the most charming cities in the south of France. 

Like many others in France, you can visit Fabre Museum for free on the first Sunday of each month​. Children under the age of 18 who reside in the city or in one of the municipalities that make up the Montpellier Mediterranée Métropole, and those under 26 years of age who present a student card, whether they reside in the area or not, can also visit the museum for free.   

And if you like to take pictures, don't worry, you can take them inside the museum, so you can take your camera with you. The only thing they ask you is not to use the flash, both to preserve the works and not to disturb other visitors. 

Travel to Montpellier by train

Montpellier has always been an active, dynamic city, with a passion for culture and art. In addition to discovering its nightlife or the charms of some of its best-known places, a getaway to Montpellier is the perfect excuse to visit one of France's most famous museums. Remember that you will be admiring some of the city's gems in less than three hours when you travel on Renfe's Alta Velocidad (high-speed) International trains Barcelona

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