Musée Fenaille

The museum

Musée Fenaille - vue extérieure

From the very first traces of mankind in Rouergue, to the beginnings of historic times, until the dawn of the 17th century

The Fenaille museum presents archaeology, art and the history of the Rouergue region, since the very first traces of mankind, about 300 000 years ago, until the dawn of the 17th century. Sculpture is the main theme of the visit; more than 1100 objects are showcased and open to the public on three levels divided into four main periods: Prehistory, Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the 17th century and the Renaissance.

The visit ends in the inner courtyard of the Jouéry hotel, which confers to the museum a very particular atmosphere.

The sponsor Maurice Fenaille and 1000 donors

Maurice Fenaille, pioneer of the petroleum industry and major art lover, donated the Jouéry Hotel in 1929 to welcome the museum of archaeology and history of Rouergue, which bears its name today. This informed collector sponsored Rodin, and museums as famous as Le Louvre.

Created 170 years ago by The Letters of Aveyron Society, the museum was patiently built thanks to the generosity of its 1000 donors. At the heart of the city of Rodez, the establishment owes its international fame to its exceptional collection of statues-menhir, sculpted 5000 years ago. A set of 17 carved standing stones known as the oldest monumental statues of Europe.

The most famous of them, the Lady de Saint-Sernin, was exposed in the most important capitals. This outstanding museum is an invitation to a journey through ages and centuries, from Prehistory to the dawn of the 17th century.
A visit for all the family where children and adults alike can participate in activities all year long, be amazed and explore a unique collection in France.

The collection

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PREHISTORY

From the very first tracks of mankind to the enigmatic statues-menhir
The route begins with a unique collection of statues-menhir (carved standing stones), the most important in France. These anthropomorphic figures, set up around the 3rd millennium BC, are the oldest large-scaled representations of mankind known in Western Europe; including the most famous of them, the Lady de Saint-Sernin. In the exhibition rooms, numerous objects give an overview of the life of the populations, which set them up: dwellings, graves, tools and fineries.

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ANTIQUITY

Segodunum, a small Rome in rutène
Knight Bronze Helmet, mosaics, funeral steles, objects of the everyday life, Gallic writings…
The Gallo-Roman collections present mainly the antique city of Segodumun (Rodez) and the activities of its inhabitants illustrated by sculptures, mosaics and objects of the everyday life (ceramic crafts, writings, hygiene, food, trade). Among these items two exceptional pieces of art: a bronze face helmet and a wooden yoke dating from the 3rd century A.D.

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THE MIDDLE AGES

Rouergue in the Middle Ages
Rooms dedicated to the Middle Ages include sculptures from the region’s religious buildings (including a remarkable bas-relief of a Christ in glory of the 11th century, vestiges of the Roman cathedral, wooden furniture, Pièta), accessories intended for the worship and devotion as well as objects of the everyday life (leather shoes of the 14th century, panels of decorated furniture, jewels, weapons).

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The Renaissance

The city of Rodez in the Renaissance
The fourth section of the museum, dedicated to the 16th century, testify of the artistic growth of this period. It showcases in particular two tapestries of Flandres, a series of stained glass windows in greyness and “yellow silver”, the moving wooden Christ de Bonnecombe and a small Virgin Mary in polychrome limestone; fragment of an Annunciation.

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Your visit

Opening times

From 9st April to 30 june

Tuesday to saturday  : 11am- 7pm
sunday : 2pm-7pm

From 1st July to 31st August

Monday : 2pm-7pm
Tuesday to sunday : 10am-7pm

September

Tuesday to saturday  : 11am- 7pm
sunday : 2pm-7pm

from 1st octobre  to 31st december

Tuesday to Friday: 10am–12noon / 2pm-6pm

Saturday : 11am-6pm

Sunday : 12pm-6pm

Closed 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 25th December.

Admission rates

(entrance valid to Soulages, Fenaille and Denys Puech Museums)
FULL RATE PASS 9€ (excluded temporary exhibition Picasso au musée Soulages).
FULL RATE PASS 11€* (included temporary exhibition Picasso au musée Soulages).
For 1€ more, book a time slot to visit temporary exhibition Picasso au musée Soulages (available on web site only www.musees.rodezagglo.fr).
REDUCED RATE PASS 5€ (excluded temporary exhibition Picasso au musée Soulages)
REDUCED RATE PASS 7€ (included temporary exhibition Picasso au musée Soulages)
For 1€ more, book a time slot to visit temporary exhibition Picasso au musée Soulages (available on web site only www.musees.rodezagglo.fr).
FREE ACCESS
Children under 18, students.
For 1€ more, book a time slot to visit temporary exhibition Picasso au musée Soulages (available on web site only www.musees.rodezagglo.fr).
ANNUAL PASS 20€

 

Ticket office

Enter in the museum without queuing at the ticket office!

Buy your tickets online !

Valid tickets 6 months.

Tickets may not be collected at the museum.

Tickets may not be exchanged or reimbursed.

N.B. : entrance via security control is obligatory (possible queues)

Services

  • Educational workshops
  • Auditorium / video projection / lectures
  • Documentation centre by appointment
  • Bookshop-shop

Accessibility

The museum is totally accessible to public with reduced mobility. Wheelchair and pushchair access.

Contact

Musée Fenaille

14 place Eugène Raynaldy

12 000 Rodez

accueil-fenaille@agglo-grandrodez.fr

+33 (0)5 65 73 84 30