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“Beautiful building, but a bit empty” 3 of 5 stars
Review of CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain

CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain
7 rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux, France
05 56 00 81 50
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Ranked #42 of 71 Attractions in Bordeaux
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Washington, DC
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“Beautiful building, but a bit empty”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is a great building, and really has the potential to be a fantastic art space -- but there was hardly anything there when I visited it! It was worth the trouble to explore all of its nooks and crannies -- the the restaurant on the roof looks like a nice spot. Can't say much for the art, though. One guy tried to make it more exciting by skateboarding on the artistic half-pipe, but apparently that is no longer allowed and he was asked to leave. It is free, though, and worth a 30 minute stroll.

Visited September 2012
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“Peculiar but appealing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Difficult to know what to make of this place. It is a staggering building, converted from an old wool warehouse, and a work of art in its own right. But in other ways most peculiar - a small number of rather eccentric works of art dotted around, difficult to find and, to me at least, of only passing interest. I wondered if it was still under construction but on balance I think this is how it is intended to be. It isn't like any other gallery or museum I've ever visited but the overall effect is certainly powerful, albeit puzzling.

There is a lovely terrace restaurant which is probably the best thing about it. The menu is not huge but the quality is excellent and the service very friendly and efficient. At about 35 Euros a head for two courses and excluding drinks it is not cheap but not outrageous and definitely worth a visit whether or not you go around the museum itself.

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

A full sized skateboard track was one of the exhibits and anyone could have a go on it. The building itself is worth seeing and has a restaurant on the top floor with outside seating.

Visited July 2012
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Bordeaux, France
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“Incredible building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

This is a favorite visit. Contemporary art is a strange beast, you never know what to expect. Often wierd, always interesting. Go for the building, and perhaps the art show will be a bonus, perhaps not. HINT: there is an "architecture center" on the second floor, its always a free visit, and you access it by going through the museum, which is often a paid visit. So tell them you are visiting Arc en Reve and if the current show is interesting then visit it too, but then pay the fee at least afterwards, because who wants to steal from a museum?

Visited May 2012
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“waste of a nice space”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Modern art is sometimes wierd, but there is usually something interesting or attractive about many pieces, however this museum was sparsely appointed with the most boring objects. don't go

Visited June 2011
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