We travelled from Albi to see this museum. The city seemed much bigger than when we first passed through it last year but didn't have time to stop and we gathered that we must have only gone through a tiny part of the outskirts then. We found a car park which indicated that it was near the historical centre. When we returned we couldn't find the car as the building was built into a hill and not all floors were accessible easily. It was quite a relief when we did get the right floor something that hasn't happened anywhere else in France.
Anyway, we walked to the tourist office who gave us a map to show this museum. Signs along the way on the ground confirmed that we were in the right direction. On arrival and throughout our visit we were virtually the only people there. A young man who was going to be based in the, soon to open, modern art museum accompanied us round, switching on the short films and trying
to explain about things. He didn't speak much English and we didn't speak much French. Neither did he speak either Italian or German which I was better at. However, he did a good job of trying to show us and explain everything on the various floors using his mobile for translations at times.. This meant that we spent the whole afternoon there conversing and trying to understand one another. The menhirs were fabulous and unusual, the biggest collection there is, the films interesting and the exhibits on the other floors also worth seeing.
The museum is arranged in chronological order starting at the top and as someone else has said although it has a modern frontage, it is built around an ancient house with a cobbled courtyard and balcony. I could tell you much more but would spend pages describing everything and you would be better reading about it on the internet. Certainly a museum worth seeing, helpful staff and a pity that it is not well patronised. Maybe the summer season has more visitors.
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