Augustins and Abattoirs in Toulouse, Episode 69

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Today Elyse tells us about two wonderful museums: the Augustins and Abattoirs in Toulouse. We know visitors don't come to Toulouse specifically to see museums, but maybe they should and we explain why!

A Convent and a Slaughter House? Really?

These are two buildings that were re-purposed to be museums but they started out as a convent and a slaughter-house respectively. The Augustins was declared an art museum in 1793, which makes it the first museum open to the public anywhere in France, yes, even before the Louvre! How about that for a provincial city in the south-west of France?

Augustins and Abattoirs in Toulouse: Great Regional Museums

And, as a side benefit, it is also one the rare places in France where you can pet a gargoyle. We know you've always wanted to do that! The Abattoirs has a gruesome past, but it has been transformed into a peaceful place with a lovely garden near the Garonne River.

Proud of Our Home: Toulouse

As you know, both Elyse and I live in Toulouse, so it's a place that's special to our hearts. If you've never seen Paris you must visit. But once you've seen Paris you really need to see Toulouse and go on a tour with Elyse!

Learn More: Toulouse Area
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Discussed in this Episode

  • Musée des Augustins in Toulouse
  • Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse
  • Museums in France

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Toulouse Area

The Augustins Museum in Toulouse was the first museum to open to the public in France. Yes, it is older than the Louvre! The Abattoirs has a more gruesome history: it used to be a slaughter house. Both museums have a lot to offer and Elyse explains why you should visit them next time you come to Toulouse.

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