Museum and Library of Lavaur !

This is another sentimental town in my belle France. We have come here often with the whole family as it is the native town of my dear late wife Martine father’s-Pierre. The town of Lavaur is really still off the beaten path areas of the Tarn dept 81 in region of Occitanie. A wonderful small town loaded with goodies to see and enjoy it me think. I will touch briefly on these two as looking at the building from the Esplanade de Plô (see post) I realise it was something nice but had not given it enough time, because the cathedral calling. One building and two wonderful places, a museum and a library!


First the Museum or musée du Pays Vaurais is at 1 rue Jouxaygues not far from the monastery and cathedral.  The museum has a wonderful permanent collections. When we visit they were restructuring so no pictures, one spot we need to come back. The museum is now call the musée municipal du Pays de Cocagne !

Today the museum’s reserves ,several thousand objects, include rich collections of sacred art, fine arts, archeology, popular art and traditions as well as the workshop funds of the old factory Puget organ unique in the old Midi-Pyrénées region now part of Occitanie. One important collection is that of paintings/sculptures of the Cathedral of St Alain of Lavaur (see posts). A masterpiece of the first Southern Gothic, a few decades earlier than Sainte-Cécile d´Albi. The building constitutes a major milestone in the genealogy of the great Gothic churches of the Midi.

A first museum was created in Lavaur in 1898, within the City/Town Hall. It then benefited from some state deposits or donations. Abandoned, it was relaunched in 1952 by the Archaeological Society of Lavaur and called Musée du Pays Vaurais, later the  name was change in about 2002 to the musée municipal du Pays de Cocagne. It then enriched itself with numerous donations and deposits. In 2002, the semi-associative establishment definitively became municipal.  Today, the museum is located in the former house of the Sisters of Christ, a large building bought by the the town of Lavaur in 2001.

The city of Lavaur on the municipal museum

My information came mostly from the site museums of Occitanie : http://Musée du Pays de Cocagne – Musées Occitanie (

The Médiathéque Guiraude de Laurac media library, is in the former convent of the Sisters of Christ, as well as the above, It is between Saint-Alain Cathedral and the Esplanade de Plô (see posts). The story goes that at the beginning of the 13C, Guiraude de Laurac, lord of Lavaur,(cathar believer) occupied the Château du Plô overlooking the Agout river valley. During the capture of the city by the troops of Simon de Montfort (against the cathars), she died assassinated on May 3, 1211, precipitated alive in a well. The sense of hospitality, the spirit of tolerance and the freedom of thought, which characterized the chatelaine of Lavaur have permeated in the city and founded the rascal identity. In homage to Dame Guiraude, the name of the media library has become established.

It is configure as such: On the ground floor: Reception area for lending and returning documents. And on the 1st floor: (2nd US) ,the teenagers & adults area with books for loan or on-site consultation: magazines, novels, documentaries, large print books, police, science fiction, local funds … The multimedia space offers a large collection of self-service CDs and DVDs, two music listening stations and a screen for viewing films, cartoons or documentaries.

The city of Lavaur on the library :

The official médiathèque of Lavaur :

There you go folks, a brief detail ,noter, worth coming back for more, and Lavaur is always at home. Lavaur is nice deep in the Tarn and just lovely. I said worth a detour indeed, Hope you enjoy the post as I

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

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