Located in a building classed Monuments Historiques in the heart of Montauban between Toulouse and Bordeaux, the museum houses the legacy of the country’s child prodigy: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) and that of the other illustrious artist from Montauban, the sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929).
Founded at the beginning of the nineteenth century and dedicated to Ingres following his generous bequest in 1867 of his collection of 4500 drawings, 44 paintings and a violin as well as his personal collection of artworks and documents.
The Antoine Bourdelle legacy consists of a number of portraits, the oldest done in a realistic style, others more expressionist, the later works reflect his search for simplicity in form and surfaces.
Enlarged, updated, digitalised the museum today extends over 2 700 m2 with new spaces, increased accessibility, a new layout, a sumptuous conservation cabinet that houses Ingres’ drawings, an entire floor of works by Bourdelle and magnificent rooms for temporary exhibitions. The Ingres Museum took the opportunity during this transformation to change its name and it is now called the Ingres Bourdelle Museum thereby paying homage to the two great artists who were born in Montauban.
A brief description of what is on offer
The rooms on the ground floor are dedicated to temporary exhibition spaces that lead into the book store/tea room/ Ingres Bourdelle Museum gift shop.
The jewels in the Museum’s crown are found in the rooms of the first floor that display Ingres’ work and the artwork of his time.
The lower ground floor celebrates the work of the sculptor Emile Antoine Bourdelle represented in all his periods by marbles, bronzes, plasters, models and completed works.
The second floor is devoted to fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth century paintings of the Italian and Northern schools (Titien, Piazzetta, Tiepolo, Spranger) and the French and foreign schools from the twelfth century (Lebrun, Mignard, Jordaens, Van Dyck et Cuyp). There is a section that represents eighteenth-century art from Boucher to David.
The basement of the museum, which are the remains of the fourteenth-century stronghold, houses important archaeological collections as well as objects linked to local history since Gallo-Roman times.
Musée Ingres Bourdelle
19, rue de l'hôtel de ville
82000 Montauban 05 63 22 12 91
- Full price : €10
- Reduced price : €5
These rates include the permanent and temporary exhibitions along with entry to the Natural History Museum across the street.
Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Free entry :
- First Sunday of the month
- under 18 years old
Group reservations :
- Tourist Office: 05 63 63 60 60
Low Season : October – April :
- Open daily Tuesday to Sunday
- From Tuesday to Friday : 10am-5.30pm
- Saturday and Sunday : 10am-7pm
High Season : May-September :
- Open daily Tuesday to Sunday
- Open until 9pm on Thursday
Closed on Mondays
Closed 25 December, 1 January, 1 May and 1 November
- Museum located in the city center, on the edge of the pedestrian zone
- 12-minute walk from the train station
- Free parking: “Berges du Tarn” (direct access to the museum by a stairway and a lift)
- Paid parking: in the city center and surrounds – above ground and underground parking lots