Musée de Augustins, ToulouseI had a great time exploring the pretty southwestern French city of Toulouse with my family at the end of November.

I already posted about the great, outdoor Christmas market  we enjoyed. I’ve also posted about the day trip we made to Albi, to see the impressive Toulouse-Lautrec Museum.

Another highlight to our visit was the city’s Musée de Augustins, one of France’s oldest museums. The collection does not count as one of France’s most impressive (although, to be fair, it’s up against some tough competition), but the stunning setting alone makes this museum worth a visit.

Musée de Augustins, ToulouseThe Musée de Augustins is housed in the 14th century Augustinian convent, in the heart of old Toulouse.

The former convent serves as a spectacular backdrop for the art collection, which also contains impressive Romanesque works from demolished cloisters.

The nave of the church boasts works by Van Dyck, Murillo, and Rubens.

Musée de Augustins, ToulouseThere are also works by Delacroix, Guido Reni, Ingres, Manet, Vuillard and Toulouse-Lautrec.

But more than the collection, the museum itself is worth the visit. The cloister is lovely, and we enjoyed exploring this converted Augustine convent.

Enjoy your visit to Musée de Augustins on your next visit to Toulouse.

The Musée de Augustins is open 10:00-18:00, daily. Closed Tuesdays.

Delacroix, the Sultan of Morocco at his Meknes palace (1845)
Delacroix, the Sultan of Morocco at his Meknes palace (1845)

Musee de Augustins, Toulouse