After eight years of renovation work, the enlarged, embellished Crozatier Museum reopened to the public in summer 2018. It is made up of two parts: the 19th century building overlooks the garden, while the 21st century concrete and glass building looks out on the garden.
The collections are diverse and have a remarkable encyclopaedic range. They are displayed in galleries dedicated to archaeology, the fine arts, ethnology, lace, palaeontology, the natural sciences and mechanics.
There are four galleries to visit:
*The historic gallery houses local collections from the prehistoric period to the Renaissance.
*The Velay gallery is devoted to ancestral pilgrimages, as well as to lacemaking, one of the region’s main crafts.
*The fine-arts gallery includes the priceless Virgin Mary and Mantel (15th century), The Holy Family by Barthélémy d'Eyck (15th century) and the two famous paintings depicting Vercingetorix appearing before Julius Caesar. The room with a domed ceiling is decorated by a contemporary work by Franck Chalendard and provides a remarkable view over the upper town.
*The sciences and techniques gallery includes the palaeontology and natural history collections, including the well-known Auvergne mastodon. They are exhibited alongside a remarkable collection of machines and mechanisms celebrating the technological innovations of the 19th century.
- Fine Arts
- Sciences and technology
- Arts and culture
Full price: 6 €
Reduced price: 4 €
Job seeker: 4 €
Group adults: 4 €.
Free entry for children < 18 years.
Group rate available for > 10 people.
Modes de paiement
- Bank/credit card
- Chèques Culture
From 02/01 to 30/12 between 11 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th.