What to expect
A visit to the Bemberg Foundation
is nothing less than a privileged tour of a rich and important private art collection. This is an exhibition visit like no other. The Bemberg Foundation is a superb gallery set in a 16th century mansion in Toulouse. The many rooms display the private collection of a wealthy Argentinian connoisseur, art lover and writer called Georges Bemberg
, who died in 2011, having created the foundation that bears his name in conjunction with the City of Toulouse. The Foundation that is his remarkable legacy is set in a place that's worth a visit on its own: the Hotel d'Assézat, regarded as one of the first French buildings designed in the classical style. Make no mistake, this is a museum quality collection, specialising in late 19th and early 20th century French works, as well as pieces from 16th and 18th century Venice. There are no less than 30 paintings by Bonnard alone. Among other artists featured are Veronese, Degas, Gaugin, Matisse, Monet, Cezanne, Braque, and Picasso
. Thematic tours are offered centring on landscapes for instance - or on costumes of a particular era. Afterwards, you can provide your own improvised art criticism over your choice of refreshments in the delightful tea room set under the arcades of the inner courtyard.
Opening hours for the Bemberg Foundation
Open every day except Mondays
The permanent collection is open from 10am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 6:00pm. Late night opening on Thursdays until 8:30pm.
- Full price (from 27 years old) : 8 €
- Reduced rate : 5 € for students, children and young people from 8 to 26 years old, job seekers, friends of the Museums, holders of the Michelin Green Guide or the Guide du Routard, holders of the large family card, holders of the ACB/Banque Populaire card, holders of a CE card
- Free admissions for children under 8, disabled and accompanying persons, ICOM/ICOMOS card holders, museum curators, journalists, art history/architecture students.
The Toulouse City Pass
The Toulouse City Pass includes:
- all "Tisséo" public transport
- free admission to museums and monuments in the city centre
- reductions on many activities
- a cruise on the Garonne or the Canal du Midi
For more details, visit the page dedicated to theToulouse City Pass