Labenche Museum

Museum of Art and History of Brive-la-Gaillarde

The Labenche museum reveals the history of Brive and its region from its origins to the present day, through no less than 15 permanent exhibition rooms.

It is one of only two establishments holding the “Museum of France” designation (a guarantee of recognition of its scientific value by the State) in the Limousin region. It is therefore part of our top 14 visits.

Labenche Museum: gaillard and responsible site!

  1.  Presents the history of Brive and its region, from its origins to the present day.
  2. Personalized unique collections in France to discover: 10 tapestries from the Royal English factory of Mortlake from the 17th century, a piano that belonged to Claude Debussy...
  3. Suitable for schools : thematic visits-workshops allowing you to approach the entire school program from prehistory to the beginning of the 20th century. 
  4. The museum's natural sciences collection is counts around 10 000 items, mainly insects.
  5. In the interest of accessibility to as many people as possible, the museum is gradually putting all the collections it houses online, whether on display or in storage. 

The collections of the Labenche Museum:

A dense permanent base:

Throughout the journey through time and history, around 5 500 items are revealed, they are all part of the 11 major thematic groups of the museum:

  • Nazism & spoliations: works of art with a tragic history
  • Prehistory and protohistory
  • From the Gallo-Roman to the modern and contemporary eras, including the Middle Ages
  • Tapestries
  • Fine arts and works of art
  • Illustrious men
  • Popular arts and traditions
  • Natural Sciences
  • Numismatics and sigillography (scientific study of seals)
  • Music
  • Furniture

Its temporary exhibitions:

2 rooms of the museum are dedicated to temporary exhibitions, they are free! Currently: Curiosities!
The museum also organizes several exhibitions at the Chapelle Saint-Libérale in the city center: click here to the current exhibition.

Renaissance monument

The Hôtel Labenche was built around the middle of the 16th century, during the Renaissance, by a nobleman with local responsibilities granted by the King in terms of justice. Its title "De la Labenche" gives its name to the building and therefore, 5 centuries later to the eponymous museum.

It had several owners and several functions, in particular that of a minor seminary in the middle of the 19th century. Then classified as a historic monument in 1886, it ended up coming under the control of the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde at the beginning of the 20th century.

Labenche Museum

Useful information :

Opening hours :

  • The Labenche museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 18 p.m.
  • Closed on Mondays.
  • Exceptional closure: January 1, May 1, November 1, December 24 and 25.

The rates :

  • Full fare: €5,50
  • Reduced rate and group: 3€50
  • Free access to the museum's temporary exhibitions.


  • The 1st Sunday of each month
  • Schools and students
  • Jobseekers
  • People receiving minimum social benefits
  • People holding an invalidity card
  • ICOM card holders
  • Press or active teachers

A la carte guided tours!

  • A guided tour of the museum for adults can be organized for a group of 10 or more people, only upon reservation and subject to the availability of skilled staff.
  • On prior request, the guide can offer a personalized route.
  • Price : 3 euros in addition to the entrance fee
  • Duration 1h30

Our tip Discover local history at the Labenche museum

Detail of the Labenche museum building

You who are eager for local history, what if you treat yourself with a tour of the Labenche museum? There you will find something to understand the area: from knowing all about accordion to the traditional tapestry manufacture in Aubusson. Just a tip for you: keep your eyes peeled, you'll be amazed. And it starts upon arrival, with the most beautiful Renaissance building in Brive. In addition, entry is free of charge every first Sunday of the month. So you no longer have any excuse not to venture there.

Labenche Museum
26 Bis, Boulevard Jules Ferry
19100 Brive-La-Gaillarde
05 55 18 17 70

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