Behind the “facade of a thousand letters”, the museum sheds light on the work of Champollion and how, through his passionate research, he cracked the mystery of Egyptian writing. By including the works of this famous code-breaker within the history of world writing, the collections are for the most part, one-of-a-kind. From Mexico to China passing through the Mediterranean, the objects inscribed with a brush, a quill, or a feather, demonstrate how these texts appeared, spread and evolved throughout the ages.
Today it is hard to imagine how these signs, scratched into stones or sand could mimic speech and allow us to communicate with each other.
Completely renovated, the former Egyptian Museum has been transformed into a modern and thoroughly original space, the only museum in Europe dedicated to the history of world writing.
The Champollion Museum has attained the label “Maison des Illustres”.
Musée Champollion – Les Écritures du Monde (World Writing)
46100 Figeac 05 65 50 31 08
- Full price : €5
- Reduced price: €2.50, for 13-18 year olds, school children, students, unemployed
- Group entry: €4
- Guided tour supplement : €4
- Audioguide supplement (available in French, English, Spanish, German) : €3
- Free under 18 years
Free entry the 1st Wednesday of each month for individuals (except during July and August)
Annual “Carte d’ambassadeur”: €8 (unlimited museum access and temporary exhibitions Reduced price (€4 for 1 person accompanying the card holder)
Nights at the museum (May) : free
Journées du Patrimoine (September) : free
November – March :
- 2pm-5:30pm (except Mondays)
- The museum is closed earlier on december 24th and 31th : 4pm
- Closed from 16-31 January
April-June / September-October :
- 10:30am-12:30pm / 2pm-6pm (except Mondays)
- Open Easter Monday and Pentecost
- 10:30am-6:30pm (daily)
Closed 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
- Motorway : A20 exit 56
- Train : Line Paris – Brive – Figeac (direction Rodez) ; Line Toulouse – Figeac (or Toulouse -Aurillac, Figeac stop)
- Plane : Paris – Toulouse ; Paris – Rodez ; Paris – Brive ; Paris- Aurillac