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“Well hung but many second file painters” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Musee Fabre

Musee Fabre
13 rue Montpellieret, 34000 Montpellier, France (Comédie)
04 67 14 83 00
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Ranked #2 of 84 things to do in Montpellier
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Weston, Massachusetts
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“Well hung but many second file painters”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We enjoy museums and visit all over. The Fabre is a lovely place with excellent hanging of the works. But, it is largely of painters you may or may not recognize. Some, Metsu, Terrier are good and if the books or my Profs told me they were first rate I would have believed it. About 10 Courbets and Bazilles but not their best works. It was pleasant but nor up to the guidebooks ravings. Many large religious works done by people I did not know.

Visited May 2014
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“Quite unexpected!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Very large Arts museum with a huge range of high quality paintings and sculptures by well-known artists - also includes present day work. Fabre was an artist in his own right and is exhibited. This is a wonderful find outside the 'great' museums of Paris. Really worth a visit - but it is big! €6 to visit the permanent exhibition. Also, there is a changing exhibition.

Visited May 2014
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“Large but few well known artists”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This museum has been radically restructured with 9200 square metres of displays, including additional works by Francois-Xavier Fabre, Frederic Bazille, Simon Hantai and others. It reopened in 2007. The building is beautiful and the artworks well displayed, including some huge canvases.
There was a special exhibition of works by Francois-Andre Vincent (an artist between Fragonard and David), but the main museum is so vast that we did not have time to visit this. According to some guides there is a special programme for children to follow- this simply consists of a booklet of questions and puzzles ALL IN FRENCH (we had to translate for children). The most regrettable part for us was that so few of the artists were very well known and the few by artists such as Antoine COYPEL, Joshua REYNOLDS, and Claude MONET stood out as quality exhibits- particularly MONET'S Le jardin en fleurs a Sainte-Adresse. Good seating, but an exhausting museum - we spent a morning there -quite enough time.
Incidentally if you try to travel on "Le Petit Train" in Montpellier please note the ticket office closes well before departure time and the staff are rude,and uncaring , refusing to take a booking for seven although we were there at departure time - an unpleasant experience- Montpellier Tourist Office please note!

Visited April 2014
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“An average art gallery”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This gallery is pleasant as something to do if you have nothing else to do. I entered for free as a student but I wouldn't have paid to enter. Nothing special.

Visited September 2013
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“Wonderful Art Gallery!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is actually an art gallery in a gorgeous old mansion containing works of many of the European masters from 15th to 18th century. It's a huge collection and it's really fantastic! And there's currently a special exhibition of the works of French neoclassical painter, Francois-Andre Vincent. His drawings and his caricatures are just amazing! Highly recommended!

Visited February 2014
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