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Musée laïque d’art sacré du Gard (Secular Museum of Religious Art)

Pont-Saint-Esprit | 30

A cultural approach to religious art

What is the connection between a Roman Virgin Child, a statuette of a soldier found in a Chinese tomb, an Egyptian coffin and a Burmese Buddha?

Unlike traditional fine arts muséums, the Gard Secular Museum of Religious Art creates a dialogue between objects that are seldom seen together.

If they can be appreciated for their esthetic qualities, all of these objects that stem from different cultures and beliefs no longer have the same connotations for many of us. The museum invites visitors to contemplate the exceptional examples of religious art through a secular lens which gives them a new meaning.

The Knight’s House

This exquisite medieval residence, classified as a Monument Historique (national monument), might have (according to popular legend) accommodated  the Knights Templars on their return from the Holy Land. A thorough renovation has restored this superb site to its former glory that today serves as a backdrop for this innovative musem’s collection.

Musée laïque d’art sacré du Gard (Secular Museum of Religious Art) 2 rue Saint-Jacques
30130 Pont-Saint-Esprit 04 66 39 17 61

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Rates and opening times


Reservation required (04 66 90 75 80)

  • Free entry to the permanent and temporary exhibitions to all members of the public throughout the year
  • School Groups: Tours and workshops are free for students and their leaders.
  • Adult Groups: Visits without a guide are free.
  • Guided tours for groups of adults, minimum 15 people – €3  per person.
  • Workshops and art classes for adults, minimum 8 people, €5  per person


Opening times

September – June :

  • Tuesday to  Sunday
  • 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm

July and August:

  • Tuesday to Sunday
  • 10am-12:30pm and 3pm-6:30pm

Closed :

  • Mondays
  • 1st January, Easter, 1st May, 8 May, Ascension, Pentecôte, 14 July,   15 August, 1st November, 11 November, 25 December
Access and Accessibility


  • Exit Bollène off the A7 motorway towards Pont-Saint-Esprit/Bagnols-sur-Cèze
  • Nearby public parking


Physical disability Pram access