In 2001, the city of Lavaur purchased the Sisters of Christ former convent, made of a large edifice and gardens at the heart of the castrum, with the objective to create a cultural hub in it, which would aggregate a media center, some old archives and a museum.
For fifteen years and the closure of its permanent collections, the Museum of the Vaurean Land has constantly expanded its collections. The museum is certified Musée de France in 2002.
In this renewal context, a major work is led with the collections (inventory, restoration…). Thanks to the support from the city, the effort was carried on the acquisitions : in fifteen years, the museum fund has more than doubled ! Purchases, grants and deposits helped to enhance the existing funds in as wide-ranging domains as painting, carving, drawing, sacred art, archeology… It consists in unique items, like the outstanding Puget fund, originating in the famous Toulousian organ builders dynasty.
In its mission of safeguarding, preservation and promotion of the public heritage, the museum can rely on the support of the Friends of the Museum (les Amis du Musée), by which over 60 pieces have been purchased.
A great museum for the Tarnean West
The museum’s collections are built around three axes : fine arts, sacred art, archeology… They go widely beyond the mere municipal framework, providing a setting to pieces of regional concern – if not national – just like the amazing Puget collection.
Entertainment and exhibits
Every year, in the ancient monastery chapel, the Vaurean Land Museum holds several quality activities in the chapel for the adults and the children :
Thematic temporary exhibits, one from May to September, the other during the Autumn.
Creativity and plastic arts workshops.
Museum night (on the third Saturday of May).
Great exhibits :
On every summer, the museum provides some beautiful temporary exhibits in its chapel. On these occasions, brochures and posters are offered for sale.
The museum offers a guided tour. For the receptions of adult or school groups, please get in touch with the visitors’ service.