Museums to visit in the Dordogne region of France

The Dordogne museums aren't usually very well known, or the main reason that people visit the area, but there are some interesting museums to explore covering a wide range of interests:

Tobacco Museum BergeracMusée du Tabac et Musée de la Ville, Bergerac

A fascinating little museum containing lots of information about the origins and uses of tobacco (did you know it was a sacred medicine of Aztec gods) and a wide assortement of pipes. This museum also houses information about Bergerac's history.

Opening hours:

April - September: 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00 Monday to Friday;

10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00 Saturday and 14.30-18.30 Sunday

October - March: 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00 Monday to Friday;

10.00-12.00 Saturday

4 euros adults, children free.

Musée Costi, Bergerac

Housed in the vaulted cellars of the Presbytere Saint Jacques in the centre of Bergerac this museum contains works by the sculptor Constantin Papachristopoulos known as Costi. In total there are 52 bronze statues as well as some other works.

Opening hours: July and August only.

Wine museum, bergeracMusée du Vin et de la Batellerie, Bergerac

Museum of wine and the importance of the river to Bergerac's trade and history. With items related to wine production and large scale models of the boats used to transport the wine.

Opening hours: 15 June - 30 September: 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.30 Monday to Friday;

10.00-12.00 Saturday and 14.30-17.30 Sunday;

1 October - 31 March: 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.30 Monday to Friday;

10.00-12.00 Saturday.

Adults 3 euros.

Musée Fernand Desmoulin, Brantome

A collection of paintings and engravings by Fernand Desmoulin. A visit to the museum can be combined with a visit to the troglodyte abbey of Brantome.

Opening Hours: The Abbey is generally open 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00 and closed Tuesdays though these times are extended during some months. July and August the abbey is open every day 10.00-19.00.

4.50 euros for adults.

Musée de la guerre au moyen age, Castelnaud la Chapelle

This museum is in the Château de Castelnaud and is well worth a visit. The château, the views and the museum all contribute to make this the most visited chateau in the midi de la France area. The museum contains a great collection of weapons and armour with life size modes of large weapons. Great for children and grown-ups.

Opening Hours:

February, March and October -11 November: 10.00-18.00

April, May, June and September: 10.00-19.00

July and August: 09.00-20.00 and 20.15 for a night-time visit (visite nocturne)

12 November - end January: 14.00-17.00,  and 10.00-17.00 during the Christmas holidays

8.40 euros adult and 4.20 children (11 euros and 6 euros for night-time visit)

Musée Napoleon du Chateau de la Pommerie, Cendrieux

500 objects put on display by one of Napoleon's direct descendents. The museum is in the attractive chateau de la Pommerie and so you get chance to see the chateau at the same time.

Opening Hours: 15/06 to 14/07: 15.00-18.00;
15/07 to 25/08: 10.30-12.30 & 14.30-18.30;
25/08 to 15/09: 15.00-18.00.

Adults 7 euros and under 12s free.

Le Moulin de Larroque, Couze et Saint Front

This is a working paper mill allowing you to see paper being made. After learning about the process there is a shop where you can buy samples of this very attractive paper.

Opening Hours: Monday to Fridays (except bank holidays): 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00.

Musée de l'Or, Jumilhac le Grand

Near to the Chateau de Jumilhac this Museum of Gold which tells of the history of gold mining in the region. With various exhibits, a part of a mining gallery and even the chance to go panning for gold in the Isle river. The museum is open July and August only.

Prehistoire Museum Les EyziesMusée national de la préhistoire, Les Eyzies

An archeological collection tracing 400 thousand years of human life. The museum is in the village of Les Eyzies set in the rock face above the village.

Opening Hours:

October-May: 09.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.30 every day except Tuesday

June and September: 09.30-18.00 every day except Tuesday

July and August: 09.30-18.30 every day

Adults 5 euros, under 25s from the EU free.

Perigueux Vesunna museumVesunna, musée Gallo-Romain, Perigueux

This museum designed by the internationally renowned architect Jean Nouvel is situated close to the tour de Vésone at the heart of Perigueux old town. Exhibits of the Gallo-Romaine era.

Opening Hours:

October to March:(except 7-21 January when the museum is closed)

Tuesday to Friday: 9 h 30 – 12 h 30 and 13 h 30 – 17 h
Saturday and Sunday: 10 h – 12 h 30 and 14 h 30 – 18 h

April, May, June and September: Tuesday to Friday: 9 h 30 – 17 h 30;
Saturday and Sunday: 10 h – 12 h 30 and 14 h 30 – 18 h

July and August: Every day: 10 h – 19 h

Closed 1 Jan, 1 Nov, 11 Nov and 25 Dec.

Muséé d'art et d'archéologie du Périgord, Perigueux

Set in an attractive 19th century building in Perigueux, the museum houses exhibits of pre-history, gallo-romaine, mosaics, paintings, sculptures and much more.

Opening Hours:

April, May, June, July, August, September: 10.30-17.30, closed Tuesdays and bank holidays

October to March: 10.00-17.30, weekdays (closed Tuesdays); and 13.00-18.00 weekends

Musee de la Carte Postale Ancienne du Perigord, Saint Pardoux la Riviere

A collection of ancient postcards is on display in this museum in the small but pretty village of Saint Pardoux la Riviere.

Musée Agricole et de l'Automobile, Salviac

A collection of vintage cars and motorbikes as well as tools and farm machinery from days gone by.

Opening Hours:

April, May, June, September and October: 14.00-19.00

July and August: 10.00-19.00

Adults 8 euros, children 4 euros

Musée de la Spéléologie (Museum of potholing), Tayac near Les Eyzies

This museum is set in the natural rock fortress of Tayac. There is a display of potholing tools and information about the formation of caves.

Open June to September.