45, Rue Ballainvilliers
Phone: +33 4 73 42 69 70
Fax: +33 4 73 42 69 00

Musée Bargoin

The Musée Bargoin was conceived in 1822, and was first housed in the site of the ancient hospital of the Charitains (1860-1902). It was then transfered to the site of the Musée Bargoin and inaugurated in 1903. The collections range from paintingn and scultpure to archeology and ethnography

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

Archeology department

The Bronze Age is illustrated by a collection of tools that show their evolution. There are more than 100 pieces in the collection including horse harnesses, weapons, and finery.

The Iron Age is illustrated by iron and bronze jewelry, and bronze cast objects. The Gallo-Roman period is incontestably the richest time, shown by the religious monuments and remaining artefacts. A remarkable coin collection in gold and bronze makes up another part of the vast display. The discoveries shown in the museum together make a significant impression of everyday life, religion, and the world of the dead.

There is a large collection of wood votive offerings from Roches a Chamalieres. Discovered from a site in 1968, they were determined to be offered from the 1st century at the source of mineral water by pilgrims seeking the water deity. Most are in beech and oak and depict parts or complete representations of the human body.

Rugs/textiles department

The permanent collection of textiles is made up of mostly rugs, weavings, and costumes but also of baskets and jewellery. They originate from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Morocco, Africa, North Africa, North America… In this space, the cultures of the world both confront each other and come together. Even further, children can explore the textiles through workshops in The way of Arts (see Education for details).


Adult: 4.20 €
Concessions: 2.70 €
Ticket for both Archeology and Textiles Museums: 6.50 €
Season pass: 16.00 €
Free for youth card holders, students, children under 18, and every first Sunday of the month.

Opening hours

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00a to 12:00p and from 1:00p to 5:00p
Open Sundays 2:00p to 7:00p
Closed 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, and 25 December

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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The way of Arts is the museum’s arena for children’s education. The workshops held there allow visitors to see the permanent and temporary exhibits and learn about textiles and rugs. Then they can discuss the different cultural origins, techniques, and traditions surrounding what they saw.