Located in a beautiful XNUMXth century Pastelier hotel, the Hôtel d'Ardouin museum offers visitors a chance to revisit the history of Mazères from the Neolithic period to the present day.
This hotel is bordered by a garden made in the spirit of the Renaissance (medicinal plants, vegetables, topiaries). An exhibition hall presents the culture of pastel and its history. Reproductions of medieval weapons are displayed in the garden.

The museum offers a permanent exhibition "Barbarians in Southern Gaul".

It presents the objects (especially metal) resulting from the excavations of the Merovingian necropolis of Bénazet. The visitor is called upon to become an apprentice archaeologist in order to find out who were the people who were buried there around 1500 years ago. How did they live? What was their daily life? What was their belief? How did they die?
This exhibition "Barbarians in Southern Gaul" answers all these questions and many more! Come discover it quickly !

The various exhibitions at the Mazères museum

LEVEL 1 : The foundation of the abbey of Boulbonne (12th century) and the creation of the bastide of Mazères in 1253.
Reconstruction of a "living room" from the beginning of the 20th century, with objects from everyday life.

LEVEL 2 : Home of the museum.
Room of illustrious figures (14th -16th) who stayed at Mazères.
19th century room and architectural transformations of the bastide.
Reconstruction of a dyer workshop.

LEVEL 3 : 2nd part of the "Barbarians in Southern Gaul" visit.
LEVEL 4 : Beginning of the "Barbarians in Southern Gaul" visit.

From June 1 to September 30:
Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 15 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Guided tours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 10:00 am.

From January 2 to May 31 and from October 1 to December 31:
Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Closed Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Tuesday
Guided tours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 10 a.m., by appointment.
Group visits: all year round, by appointment

individual : 5 € Adults. 3 € Young people (12-18 years old) and Students (-26 years old).
Free for children up to 12 years old.
Groupes (from 10 people): € 3,50 Adults. € 1,50 Children and Youth.
Schools : Specific offer For more information contact us
at or by email at musee.mazeres@wanadoo.fr


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  • French bank and postal checks
  • Cash


From April 21 to December 31, 2022
Monday Open
Tuesday Open
Wednesday Open
Thursday Open
Friday Open
Saturday Open
Sunday Open

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  • Boutiques
  • Garden
  • Shaded garden
  • Park


  • Drinking water point