10 Specialty Museums in Bordeaux That You Shouldn't Miss

August 20, 2021 Concepcion Newsome

After many years of hard work, the "Sleeping Beauty" has awoken from its slumber. The city is beautifully restored and has an ultra-modern public transport system. The “Port of the Moon” is also now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Stone Bridge, with its 17 arches, crosses the Garonne, offering pedestrians a lovely view over the docks and harbor. Take a stroll through old Bordeaux in the Triangle d'Or and stop at Place des Quinconces, France’s largest public square. The city of Bordeaux is an ideal base for exploring the greater wine region’s unforgettable sights and tastes.
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1. Musee d'Aquitaine

20 cours Pasteur, 33000, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 01 51 00 [email protected] http://www.musee-aquitaine-bordeaux.fr
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4.5 based on 734 reviews

Musee d'Aquitaine

Set in the heart of the city, the Musée d'Aquitaine retraces the history of the region, from prehistory through to the present day. The museum exposes rich regional and extra-european collections of archeology, history and ethnography. This "Museum of civilization" presents each years several temporary exhibitions about history and cultures of the world. It offers to public a varied cultural programming: lectures, screenings, round tables, guided tours, concerts, meetings with foreign communities, educational workshops... Easily accessible from the tram B (stop Musée d'Aquitaine) or A (stop City Hall / Hôtel de Ville).

Reviewed By SergioR1 - Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Centrally located and near a tramway spot. A good way to understand the city and region. Superb collection of Roman archeology: mosaics, statues, estellas etc. Good collection of local ethnographic history, world cultures and slave trade. City development and main trade. All well presented in different languages: French, English & Spanish. Friendly staff you can get out and back into the museum with your ticket.

2. Musee du Vin et du Negoce

41 rue Borie, 33300, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 90 19 13 [email protected] http://www.museeduvinbordeaux.com
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4.5 based on 894 reviews

Musee du Vin et du Negoce

Come discover three centuries of history and fame of the great wines of Bordeaux! The vaulted cellars, built in 1720, trace the history of the wine trade, the work of coopers and the raising of wine in barrels in the tradition of 19th century breeders. At the end of your visit, our team invites you to share a convivial moment around the wines of Bordeaux.

Reviewed By schalhinha

Perfect stop to learn about the region, the neighborhood wine merchant history, see artifacts and taste two wines poured by informative staff.

3. L'ecomusee de la vigne et du vin

288 cours du General de Gaulle Derriere le Lycee des Graves, 33170 Gradignan, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 89 00 79 [email protected] http://www.ville-gradignan.fr/menu-principal/loisirs-culture-sport/lecomusee-de-la-vigne-et-du-vin/
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

L'ecomusee de la vigne et du vin

4. Archives Bordeaux Metropole

Parvis des Archives, 33100, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 10 20 55 http://archives.bordeaux-metropole.fr/
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Archives Bordeaux Metropole

5. Musee de l'Histoire Maritime de Bordeaux

31 rue Borie, 33300, Bordeaux France +33 5 54 51 06 39 [email protected] http://www.museehistoiremaritimedebordeaux.fr
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Musee de l'Histoire Maritime de Bordeaux

The aim of this museum, whose collections belong to old Bordeaux families, is to bring the Port of the Moon’s river, maritime and port history back to life so that we have a better understanding and awareness of Bordeaux today.

6. Bassins de Lumieres

impasse Brown de Colstoun Base sous-marine, 33300, Bordeaux France +33 5 35 00 00 90 http://www.bassins-lumieres.com/
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Bassins de Lumieres

The Bassins de Lumières, the world's largest digital art centre, presents monumental immersive digital exhibitions devoted to the major artists in the history of art and contemporary art.

Reviewed By johannaw853 - New York City, United States

The concrete surface of the old submarine base doesn’t prepare you for the intensive of the emotions and colours that you will experience inside. The immersive exhibitions « Gustav Klimt » and « Paul Klee » are really magical, you are invited to jump into artworks in movement and in music in a totally unprecedented way, it is even better than “Atelier des Lumières” in Paris, it is absolutely huge! Art danses on the walls and on the water of the base. You discover the pharaonic dimensions of the site as you walk over a succession of bridges into new areas taking you on a magical dreamlike voyage disconnected from reality among delighted children dancing in the coloured lights on the floor. Truly worth the visit to Bordeaux.

7. Musee national des douanes

1 Place de la Bourse, 33000, Bordeaux France +33 9 70 27 57 66 [email protected] http://www.musee-douanes.fr
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Musee national des douanes

The Customs National museum presents the history of the customs administration from Antiquity to our days. It presents the goals, organisation and tasks of the customs authorities, in a national context, as well as the construction of the French state and it relations with the world. At the heart of a magnificent architecture, the museum puts into light the involvement of the customs authorities in French economic life, and focuses on the causes and consequences of the major economic theories. Unique in France, this museum offers an original and unexpected re-discovery of French history through that of one of the oldest administrations. The collections of artefacts and works of art illustrate the evolution of the organisation of the customs, the influence of economic theories on the country, the bonds between the customs and the army, the development of the means of transport and smuggling, etc. As any museum, the Customs National Museum has two main tasks : the gathering and conse

Reviewed By Fillipos - Stoke Gifford, United Kingdom

We visited last Sunday and admission was free for everyone.Well set out and explained (in French of course) however you could always ask the Custom Officers on reception desk. There were uniforms, weapons, smuggling gear.

8. FRAC nouvelle Aquitaine MeCA

Hangar G2 Quai Armand Lalande, 33000, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 24 71 36 [email protected] http://www.frac-aquitaine.net/
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4.0 based on 12 reviews

FRAC nouvelle Aquitaine MeCA

9. Centre National Jean Moulin

48 rue Vital Carles, 33000, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 10 19 90 http://www.bordeaux.fr/p63906/centre-jean-moulin
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4.0 based on 87 reviews

Centre National Jean Moulin

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10. La Cite du Vin

134 quai de Bacalan Esplanade de Pontac, 33300, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 16 20 20 [email protected] http://www.laciteduvin.com/fr
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4.0 based on 5,801 reviews

La Cite du Vin

La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations. A must-see experience during any stay in Bordeaux.

Reviewed By ben0itlj - Lafayette, United States

This is a museum of wines of the Bordeaux region. It contains slide shows on giant screens, digital audio with information on the many displays, a top floor with views of the city, complimentary tasting of local wines, a restaurant, etc., all beautifully done. Highly recommend it.

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