5, rue Jacques-Laffitte
Phone: +33 5 59 59 08 52
Fax: +33 5 59 59 53 26

Musée Bonnat

At the heart of Bayonne, the Bonnat Museum conserves the municipal collections – particularly the paintings, sculptures, and drawings – of the painter Leon Bonnat. In a wonderful 19th century building, other great painters’ works are also displayed, including some by Rubens, Le Greco, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Ingres, Delacroix, Gericault, Degas, etc.
Léon Bonnat was born on 20 June 1833 in Bayonne. He traveled to many places throughout his life, including Madrid, Paris, Rome, and the Middle East. All of these places impacted his work. In 1891, Bonnat decided to donate all of the works he had accumulated to his hometown.Bayonne’s history is marked with tributes and benefits that the artist and the town gave each other. In 1889, when the town was planning to construct a museum library, it decided to give it Bonnat’s name because he had shown interest in giving them his admirable collection. Bonnat left his large collection and now the museums holds about 5,000 works of which only 10 are permanently exhibited. The others are shown for temporary exhibits at the Bonnat Museum or at others and are always accessible for researchers and students.All of the European schools of art are represented in the collection – Italian, Flemish, Dutch, Spanish, German, English, and of course, French.

The progressive split between the contemporary public and ancient works drove the museum to ask itself how it could give emotion and sense back to the works. For 6 years the museum threw itself into these endeavours. There is an exhibit of contemporary art in Le Carre, a building near the museum.
The Museum also holds cultural activities for adults, includi... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Adults: 5.50 €
Concessions : 3.00 €
Groups of more than 15 people : 4.50 € each
Under 18 years: free
An album of the museum is for sale at the book shop for 19.50 €

Opening hours

2 May to 31 October : open from 10 :00a to 6 :30p
July and August: open from 10:00a to 6:30p every day; free entry at night on Wednesdays until 9:30p. In July there are also free guided tours on Wednesdays at 7:00p and 8:00p
2 November to 30 April: open from 10:00a to 12:30p and 2:00p to 6:00p except Tuesdays and holidays