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Musée Saint-Raymond, Toulouse archaeological museum

The Musée Saint-Raymond, a city archaeological museum is something not to be missed in Toulouse.

Situated in a listed monument in the old town centre, it conserves and exhibits works from Mediterranean civilisations dating from Antiquity. An  exceptional collection of Roman sculptures, unearthed at the site of the imperial domain of Chiragan (Martres-Tolosane), is on display here. Visitors also enjoy the objects capturing the splendour of Tolosa and the Roman province of Narbonne. Equally impressive is the basement. It is an exhibition space and an archaeological site, presenting a collection of sarcophagi sculpted for the earliest Christians, and remains unearthed during excavations: a remarkably well-preserved lime kiln and part of a cemetery dating from late Antiquity. They provide visitors with a better understanding of the origins of the Romanesque basilica Saint-Sernin, standing opposite the museum.

The explanatory texts in the museum are translated into English.

This extraordinary site is well worth a visit.
From February 27 to December 27, 2020, don't miss the exhibition Visigoths. Kings of Toulouse. All the texts of this exhibition are fully translated into English.

Both staff members and visitors over the age of 11 will be required to wear a mask in the museum. Visitors must bring their own masks. Hydroalcoholic gel will be provided at both entrances to disinfect hands and must be used before entering the building.

1ter place Saint-Sernin 31000 Toulouse
Tél : 05 61 22 31 44
Metro: Capitole or Jeanne-d’Arc.
Admission free for under 19s, students and for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday : 10:00-18:00
Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

A Museum in a Historic Monument

Classified as a historic museum in 1975, the Musée Saint-Raymond, along with the schools Saint-Martial (currently the Hôtel de l’Opéra) and Pierre de Foix, is one of the rare, existing examples of medieval, academic architecture in Toulouse.
  • 1523 : construction under the direction of the architect Louis Privat. At the time, it served as a collège, a dormitory for students coming to Toulouse from different regions to study law, theology, medicine…
  • 1836 : the City of Toulouse buys back all of the buildings belonging to the former Collège Saint-Raymond.
  • 1852-1853 : the museum’s edifice is the only building to escape the demolitions brought on by the construction of a large square around the basilica of Saint-Sernin.
  • 1868-1871 : saved from destruction, the building is restored thanks to the intervention of Viollet-le-Duc
  • 1891 : the Musée Saint-Raymond opens.

The Garden of Antiquities

Musée Saint-Raymond, Toulouse archaeological museum
You can enjoy the museum’s atmosphere in the café in the Garden of Antiquities.
You will discover its hundred-year-old hackberry and many other plant species - laurels, cypresses, and palm trees - that envelop the museum in a verdant treasure chest.
The acanthuses echo the Corinthian capitals decorating the museum while the vine and olive tree evoke ancient Roman landscapes.
 All that is missing from this garden is the fig tree, cultivated in the region until the nineteenth century.
The garden welcomes you all year for a walk, a coffee, a cold drink or a quick snack.

The Museum’s Library

Here, students and researchers in history, art history, and archeology will find publications specialized in Antiquity.
Its collection addresses the history, art, and technology of civilizations from the following periods: protohistory, Cypriot civilizations, Etruscan, Greek and Roman, late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.
Archeological and museum techniques are also present in the library’s resources, as well as specialized fields such as Latin epigraphy and numismatic. The last shelf includes all of the reference books in French and English.
You will find the vast collections indispensable to your research along with the numerous periodicals, including foreign journals and a resulting collection of catalogues of expositions taking place in France and abroad.

This library also stores a few very ancient works.
Whether it be for academic research or to satisfy a personal curiosity or simply for pleasure, do not hesitate to use the library in the Musée Saint-Raymond.
In anticipation of the renovation of the museum’s annex building, the library is only open upon request.

No document is available for lending.

Access the database online.

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