Musée des Augustins , Toulouse!

I will take you south deep cathar country and home of family on wifes side. We have been here many many times and have posts on several locations ,however, most have been brief comments of the sights to see. I think they deserve more so will do several posts on the things to see and we like in the pink city of Toulouse! The city is in the Haute Garonne department 31 of the region of Occitanie. Hope you enjoy the series.

The Musée des Augustins, one of the first museums done after the decree of 1792 during the French revolution, open in 1795 with a huge amount of portraits of France and Europe, especially coming from France and Italy, but also from Spain and the Netherlands, as well as sculptures from Roman to Gothic times and has a bust of Rodin and Claudel.  A wonderful museum to see.


Before being assigned to the museum, the buildings were a house of the order of the hermits of St. Augustins. In its current location, inside the walls of the city, the Augustinian convent of Toulouse was built in 1309 with the authorization of Pope Clement V. It was transformed into a museum after the suppression of religious orders in the French revolution. The first collections are composed of revolutionary seizures and works from the Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Toulouse. In 1804, the museum and the School of Arts settled in the east wing of the small Renaissance cloister. The School of Fine Arts leaves the Augustinians for the Daurade in 1892.  During his visit to Toulouse in 1808, Napoleon confirmed the sale of the convent to the city for museological purposes. In 1812, the museum received from Napoleon 30 new paintings (Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French) including the Reception of the Duke of Longueville in the order of the Holy Spirit of Philippe de Champaigne.

The renovation work consists first of all in the reconstruction of the walls separating the chapel and the sacristy in the eastern wing. Beginning in 1975, the surface of the exhibition halls and the restoration of the convent were increased. Finally a new entrance is built in the south-east by recovering the portal of the chapel of the Black Penitents, formerly rue Saint-Jérôme. The new layout of the old church has enabled the museum to have a remarkable classical German organ designed by Jürgen Ahrend and decorated by Pierre Belin. It was inaugurated in 1981 and it is still possible today to listen to concerts every Wednesday night in the museum’s church.


The garden of the Musée des Augustins museum  has parcels composed on the plan of the gardens of the abbey of St. Gallen in Switzerland which is the reference plan used for the monastic buildings of the medieval West. This one is divided into four parts. Each zone has its own utility: each of the 112 plant species is distributed according to its function. First of all, the central garden is mainly decorated with flowers and allows to make bouquets to decorate the altars. It can include roses and lilies, but also violets, nasturtiums, acanthus and periwinkles. The second part, the Herbularius, otherwise known as the “Garden of Medicinal Plants”, is located next to the doctor’s home and serves it to cultivate the plants he needed for his remedies. Then, the Hortus or “vegetable garden”, located near the kitchens, is composed of vegetables and herbs used to feed the religious. It also follows the strict plan of the Abbey of St. Gallen. Finally, the Arboretum or Fructum, which is usually on the side of the cemetery, is the orchard. The garden has fruit trees and shrubs used for feeding and flowering the garden with among others apples, cherries, pears, and cassis.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

Official museum of Augustins

Tourist office of Toulouse on the museum of Augustins

There you go another dandy in my belle France, and lovely territory of many memories from and with the family over the years. Again, very nice area ,hope you enjoy the series posts to come on Toulouse, the pink city!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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2 Comments to “Musée des Augustins , Toulouse!”

  1. Thank you for the enriching history lesson. I appreciate the red bricks in Toulouse architecture.

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