26 bis, boulevard Jules Ferry
Phone: +33 (0) 5 55 18 17 70
Fax: +33 (0) 5 55 24 57 54

Musée Labenche D'Art Et D'Histoire

The museum of the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde was founded in 1883. It was moved from its intial home in the historic building in rue Docteur Massénat, and reopened in 1989 in the grand, remarkable Renaissance house “Hotel Labenche”, one of the town’s most beautiful buildings. 17 permanent exhibition rooms trace 100,000 years of history. It is the only museum in France to hold a collection of 17th century English Mortlake tapestry.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The museum’s 17 rooms are spread over 4 floors. The collection includes:
Archaeology from Brive and the surrounding area: The Jean Bouyssonie room presents prehistoric man in the Brive area, the Michel Labrousse room houses an exhibition of gallo-roman vestiges, the Gerhardt Green de Saint-Marsault room displays architectural objects from the middle ages, and the Cardinal Dubois room displays the findings of the Saint Sernin church (11th century) archaeological dig.
Portraits of key figures in Brive’s history: This collection of portraits from the 16th – 20th century includes Jean-Baptiste Treilhard, Pierre-André Latreille, Cabanis and Maréchal Brune, key figures of the French Revoution and the first Empire.
Popular arts and traditions: Including craft and sewing, agricultural traditions and musical instruments.
Natural History: A collection including seashells, mushrooms and birds.
Mortlake Tapestries: The museum acquired 10 tapestries of the royal Mortlake manufacture between 1982 and 2004. The company was established by Francis Crane in 1620, and purchased by Charles I in 1637. The company is known for its highly skilled workmanship, inspired by Raphael, Rubens and Van Dyck, and holds a position of international high repute.


5 temporary exhibitions take place each year. Please see website for current programs.


4.70€ per person
2.50€ concessions
2.00€ per youth for cultural workshops
Free for students in Brive and all teachers with relevant identification.
Free for under 16s.
Free to all public on the last Sunday of each month .
Temporary exhibitions are free

Opening hours

Open every day except Tuesday. Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 1 November and 25 December.
Permanent collection:
1 April – 31 October: 10am -6.30pm
2 November – 31 March: 1pm – 6pm

Temporary exhibitions:
1 April – 31 October: 10am-12pm and 1.30pm – 6.30pm
2 November – 31 March: 10am – 12pm and 1.30pm to 6pm

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Student groups welcomed, please phone 05 55 18 17 70. The museum organises workshops and educational activities designed to initiate young people to the richness of local patrimony and history.