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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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Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Gaillac (Natural History)

Gaillac | 81

Created in the second half of the nineteenth century from the collections of Dr Philadelphe THOMAS (1826-1912) the museum offers a classical display of zoological, paleontological, geological, botanic and prehistoric specimens.

The rooms on the ground floor were entirely renovated in 1999 with the aim to house temporary exhibitions and activities.

  • Biology and Physiology/Zoology : mammals, 700 birds, eggs (over 10,000 in total that make up the original collection), nests, reptiles, fish and insects (over 10,000 in total with 800 coming from the region), shells (several thousand with a number coming from the region)
  • Botanic : a collection of over 4000 pressed flowers can be consulted by appointment.
  • Geology : minerals, rocks (more than 10000 on display comprising hundreds of regional specimens) and marble including examples from the Pyrenees.
  • Palaeontology : a hundred or so fossils from the greater region as well as more than 20000 in the collection as a whole.
  • Prehistory : a display case with prehistoric tools

Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Gaillac (Natural History) 2, place Philadelphe Thomas
81600 Gaillac 05 63 57 36 31

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Rates and opening times


  • Full price : €4
  • Reduced price : €2
  • Free under 12 years
  • Free second Sunday of the month

Opening times

Summer (starting in April) :

  • daily except Tuesday
  • 10am-12pm and  2pm -6pm

Winter (starting from 1 November) :

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • 10am-12pm and 2pm -6pm