Musée National Adrien Dubouche

Musée National Adrien Dubouche

Musée National Adrien Dubouche
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt Museums
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:45 PM
About
In its fully renovated setting, the Adrien Dubouché National Museum holds the largest collection of Limoges porcelain in the world. It also contains representative works from the key stages in the history of ceramics. The museum route follows a journey through time that starts in Antiquity and crosses continents and civilisations, leading visitors towards the most recent designs. Everyone can marvel at the virtuosity of the masterpieces on display in an area dedicated to manufacturing techniques. The Adrien Dubouché National Museum and its prestigious collections thus contribute to the international reputation of ceramic arts and the promotion of the exceptional know-how that has made Limoges so famous.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles423 reviews
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Philip C
York, ME575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The museum presents the evolution of porcelain manufacturers by highlighting various pieces produced in Limoges over the centuries. It was important that we took a guided tour in English as we would have had no clue how to interpret or even make our way through the large displays. True highlight of our stay in Limoges and highly recommended.
Written August 4, 2023
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Boulbon
LONDON250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Currently under restoration, only the ground floor is accessible to visitors. This is a bit of a relief since the holdings of the museum are vast.

It is a venerable institution founded in 1845 and accorded national museum status in 1881 but it is far from stuffy and boring. Limoges in the porcelain capital of France and one of the major centres for china in the west. The museum reflects this fact with a something-for-everyone collection of ceramics. Picasso plates, royal tableware, sculpture and a comprehensive collection of ceramics of every period and style.

The shop is excellent.
Written May 24, 2006
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CindyAnn37
Devon, UK465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
On visiting the centre of Limoges for the first time it seemed almost obligatory to visit the museum of the porcelain that has made the city renowned throughout the world. The museum Adrien Dubouche is easy to find as it is near the city centre and conveniently has a very large car park opposite it.

I found the decorative 19th century architecture of the museum particularly attractive and its recent extensive renovations added value.

We were particularly fascinated by the exhibits showing the manufacturing processes and the old machines which had been used in the mass production of porcelain and its associated products. I especially appreciated the ‘voyage’ through the history of pottery up to the present day, and the exquisite exhibits of the extremely fine works made in ‘biscuit’ (the French version of parian).

Speaking French well, the fact that all the exhibit labels were only in French did not cause me any problems. However, for non-French speakers I imagine guide books or English commentaries must be available at the reception.

A visit to the museum is a must for those interested in the fine arts, not just those fascinated by the pottery of Limoges.
Written January 1, 2013
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aferry
New Orleans, LA236 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Four storeys of soup tureens. Ok, not that bad, but I think one must already have an interest in porcelain to enjoy this very large museum of kaolin. Perhaps the best parts of the visit were the entry video and the exhibits showing how the porcelain is made.
Written July 6, 2023
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Lee T
Sydney536 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
We didn't have enough time to do justice to this museum as we arrived late in the afternoon in Limoges. There are three floors displaying the most wonderful pieces of Limoges pottery both old and new and also a history of pottery work from ancient to modern times from all around the world, plus a very interesting contemporary installation. Many of the pieces displayed are superb in their intricacies, and the collection is very comprehensive. The only complaint is the lack of even one or two lines of explanations in English so I had to guess at a lot of the explanations in French. Never mind the beauty of the pieces speaks for itself. A very reasonable entry fee at 4.5€ and there is ample parking nearby in open air car parking spaces, just don't forget to put money into the meter to buy a ticket. Unfortunately there is no cafe on site but the ticket desk person said that they hope to have one in the future. The museum seems to have been renovated only recently and it is a pleasure to visit.
Written June 9, 2014
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octopusevents
Grand Cayman6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
We had one hour to spend there before catching our train so the curator suggested we tour two of the rooms, one showing the process and the other the display of the collection. Very well laid out and clearly explained and we wishe that we had all day to spend there.
Written October 28, 2012
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Helen
Tiburon, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This is one of the best collections that I have ever seen and one of the best visual explanations of the process of porcelain/china manufacture. Additionally, a very well laid-out and cared-for building (including bathrooms) with an amazing collection of porcelains from all around the world, but with an understandable concentration on the marvelous porcelains of Limoges. The history of porcelain manufacture includes models of the earliest tools and furnaces used which we found extremely educational. The Museum is an undiscovered jewel, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about it. After discovering its marvels, my husband and I extended our stay in Limoges and made three additional visits to this museum. Need I say more?
Written June 7, 2019
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What a wonderful comment! Thank you so much. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and decided to come back more times... Best regards.
Written March 18, 2020
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stealthyrunner
Fort Myers, FL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
During our time in France, we visited the Musee National Adrien Duboche which is the national porcelain museum several times. The porcelain art on display is truly world-class and worth the visit or several visits. Additionally, their educational exhibits are outstanding showing the porcelain process and the history of porcelain from ancient middle-eastern and Japanese displays to completely modern exhibits. Quite honestly, I knew literally nothing about porcelain but was absolutely amazed and entranced by the art and the exhibits. I cannot encourage you enough to visit the museum it's well worth the trip. As I said, we went several times and enjoyed every visit and always found something additional to catch the eye. DO GO AND ENJOY, YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
Written March 31, 2019
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Thank you so much! Soon, a mobile application fully translated into English will allow you to discover the museum and its collections through audio commentaries, and videos thanks to 12 thematic routes. This is a good reason to return to the museum ...
Written March 18, 2020
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Roberto AS
Sao Paulo, SP182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Limoges is for us a synonym of the best porcelain in the planet and living in this "small global village" we need to accept that English is a global idiom and there should be a translation for all explanations at the museum pieces (and I am not a native speaker...). We a very limited French knowledge I enjoyed 40% of the information I could have if English was an option. Come on Limogeans -- forget about your cultural pride and be friendly to North and South Americans, Asians, middle-easterns tourists and do offer an English translations to all information in the beautiful museum!
Written December 28, 2014
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IanAberdeen
Westhill, UK436 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
You thought museums closed on Monday? That is usually true, but not in the case of the French National Museums.
In the city of Limoges, this means that BOTH the major museums are closed on Tuesday.
Written October 12, 2014
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