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“Wonderful small museum”
Review of Fondation Bemberg

Fondation Bemberg
Ranked #5 of 150 things to do in Toulouse
Certificate of Excellence
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Redon, France
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Wonderful small museum”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

So many museums are overwhelming. The Bemberg is a delight, not only for its wonderfully eclectic collection of paintings, ceramics and furniture, but also for its setting: an historic building built for a wealthy family just off the Rue de Metz. Other reviewers have praised the architecture and lovely courtyard that shuts out the noise of the busy streets and creates a well of light and air for the mansion's rooms. The upper floors house a marvelous collection of Impressionist art, the highlight of which is the best group of Pierre Bonnard's work I have ever seen in one place. While the lower floors are so full that it's difficult to appreciate individual pieces, the paintings, sketches and sculptures above benefit from ample space and good lighting. And, because the Bemberg isn't well known outside of Toulouse, you're unlikely to feel crowded during your visit. Nearest Metro is Esquirol (not Trinite), which is also a good place to head for lunch. Crammed into the narrow streets and squares are dozens of small bistros and restaurants, offering French, Vietnamese, Italian, Japanese, Turkish food, among others--there's something for everyone!

Visited August 2013
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Victoria, British Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Treasure Trove”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

No visit to Toulouse would be complete without a visit to the Bemberg collection, housed in a former mansion, the Hotel d' Assézat, close by the Garonne and the Ecole des beaux Arts, nearest metro Trinité. The bulk of the art on display comes from the personal collection of the late Georges Bemberg, an Argentinian of German origin. This staggering and eclectic collection of paintings and objets d;art reflects the personal interests and tastes of its founder and visitors will find items to suit all tastes. The layout and hanging of the collection leaves something to be desired. In order to display the bulk of the collection items have been crammed into every nook and crannie, but do not be discouraged, you will be amply rewarde by your visit.
If you arrive, as did I, close to lunchtime closing, there is a small restaurant on a terrace facing the courtyard - lunch with a view!

Bye the bye, if you have any energy left after visiting this magnificent collection, try the Musée du Vieux Toulouse close by on rue du May. Not large, but it has some very interesting maps documenting the growth and changes to the city over the centuries. Operated I believe mostly by volunteers you will receive a warm welcome. A English language synopsis of the exhibits is available.
Mike Harrison, Victoria. BC

Visited September 2013
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New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great collection nicely presented.”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

There are just some stunning paintings here. I truly enjoyed my time in the museum. Interspersed with the art are objects d'art, such as furniture and clocks and all sorts of things. It is really quite a cool place to visit. I would go again.

Visited October 2013
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San Antonio, TX
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What a surprise!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

This location has it all. The architecture of the building is absolutely beautiful. The café serves very nice food...not gourmet but much better than average. And the collections of art and artifacts in the Fondation Benmberg are well worth the time and admission.

Visited September 2013
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Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice setting, smallish collection.”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Nice setting, smallish collection. Courtyard is worth a visit, and a nice spot for a drink at their cafe.

Visited July 2013
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