Auvillar situated in Tarn and Garonne, Occitanie, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is renowned for its ancient earthenware. More than twenty factories existed in our City from l739 to l909. The ‘Musée de Vieil Auvillar’ exhibits not only 400 pieces of ancient local earthenware, but also votive exhibits (old pictures and models) showing the inland waterway system. In addition there are examples of the objects made using the goose feathers and the ancient musical instruments played by the Auvillar Band.
The Musée de Vieil Auvillar is one of the ‘Museums of France’and is known for its ‘Qualite Tourisme Occitanie Sud de Framce’.
In l929 the sight of the ruins and abandoned houses caused a journalist to write a very realistic and illustrated article. The villagers were shocked by this and decided to demonstrate their continuing pride and interest and they created the Association of Friends of Old Auvillar (l929) and the Museum in l930. These still exist after more than 90 years. Everyone donated what they thought represented their life and activities. The quill pen and earthenware had an important place during the period when the river Garonne was navigable, as well as the agricultural tools needed to produce cereals and wine.
- Exposition exceptionnelle des faiences de Moncaut et de Laplume à l’Abbaye de Belleperche
- 19/20 septembre : journées du patrimoine
- 3 juillet 2020, réouverture du musée du Vieil Auvillar!
- Photographies de 1895 !
OLD AUVILLAR MUSEUM and GUIDED TOURS of the Historic Center – see the flyer
Opening of the Museum (Earthenware, Arts, Popular Traditions and Skippers):
– from April 15 to October 15, every day from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (except Tuesday).
– from October 16 to April 14, weekends only from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Museum entry price: € 3 / person (free up to 12 years old).
Closed in December and January or on R.D.V. as well as for guided tours.
Who better placed than an Auvillarais to discover his beautiful village and his museum!
Price for guided tours: € 5 / person (groups of 10 people minimum). Payment on site by check or cash. Information at the Intercommunal Tourist Office: +33 5 63 39 89 82 – Mail: contact the Tourist Office
“The association of Friends of Old Auvillar is recognized of general interest by virtue of article 200 and 238bis of the general tax code, and can receive donations and legacies in support of the development of the museum, which give the right to a reduction tax of 66% of the value of donations. ». Find out more