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Occitanie Musées is the Association of Curators and Scientific Personnel of the Occitanie Museums. It brings together scientific staff from the Museums of France and cultural and heritage establishments in the Occitanie region. It integrates more than a hundred professionals in all areas of museum activity (management, conservation, mediation, documentation etc.). The Association is the regional arm of the AGCCPF (The national Association of curators and Museum professionals and the public heritage sites of France)
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Musée des mœurs et coutumes (Heritage and Customs)

Espalion | 12

A building to discover
The former Espalion prison was built by local architect, Etienne Boissonnade in 1837 and housed inmates between 1844 and 1933. It bears witness to the evolution of the French penal system. A model, modern prison it was one of the first French jails to have individual cells.

The collections
The former prison cells have been converted into exhibition spaces that demonstrate the way of life in the region through various everyday testimonies (copper and terracotta utensils, toys) and objects linked to worship and religious pilgrimages in the Aveyron…

Musée des mœurs et coutumes (Heritage and Customs) Place Pierre Frontin
12500 Espalion 05 65 44 19 91

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Rates and opening times


  • Full price : €4
  • Reduced price : €2.50
  • Free : under 26 years old, students, disabled persons and their accompanying
  • Free the first Sunday of the month from June to September

Opening times

9 April-1 November:

  • April-May : Wednesday, Thursday, Friday : 2pm:6pm. Tuesday during Easter holidays (2pm:6pm)
  • June, September, October: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday : 2pm:6pm ; open first Sunday of June and September
  • July and August : Tuesday to Wednesday : 10am:12.30pm and 2pm:6pm. Sundays: 2pm:6pm