Bourges, tourist city par excellence, can rely on many varied and original museums offering exhibitions and collections of the very first order. The year 2023 marks a desire to modernize and create a quality museum center by 2030. In the meantime, here is a little review of the staff of the Bourges museums still open, so have fun!

The Estève Museum

In the heart of Bourges, the Hôtel des Échevins, a 10th and 22th century building, houses the Estève museum. Under renovation work, it will exceptionally be accessible free of charge to visitors from July 2024 to September XNUMX, XNUMX, in the afternoons. Visitors will be able to discover works by the famous contemporary artist Maurice Estève, as well as information on the renovation site.

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The House of Museums

The museums of Bourges are being transformed. To support this development, the Maison des Musées opened on May 10, 2023, place Etienne-Dolet. At the same time, a program outside the walls has started.
The City of Bourges has embarked on an ambitious program to renovate its museum offer. Its objective: more inclusive 21st century museums, more open to the territory and meeting the new expectations of the public and societal and environmental issues. This strategy for the future is supported by the City with all the more ambition as it is fully in line with Bourges's candidacy for the title of European Capital of Culture.
The Musée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France becomes “the House of Museums”: workshops, conferences, debates, presentations of the collections will make discover the world of museums and the renovation project to tourists as well as Berruyères and Berruyers. On the mezzanine, the showcases are reused to deploy a thematic presentation highlighting objects and works rarely, if ever, exhibited. This year, the Maison des Musées team is offering a selection evoking music and dance, from Antiquity to the present day: “En avant la musique!! (from May 10 to December 30, 2023).

Practical information :
House of Museums,
Place Etienne Dolet 18000 Bourges,
02 48 57 82 45
Opening from May 10 from Wednesday to Saturday from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Free admission

The Natural History Museum

Muséum d'histoire naturelle

Like many museums of its kind, it stands out for its impressive collection of naturalized species (more than 200.000 in reserve). OIn particular, he finds Hans, the oldest naturalized elephant in France in 1802. The Museum is also a part dedicated to the history of Man, a specialization on the bat and also prestigious exhibitions hosted each year.

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The Resistance and Deportation Museum

In Berry, the Second World War had a profound effect on the territory and its inhabitants as in many French regions. This modern museum with scenography pointed is there to remind it. Here and more than elsewhere, the emphasis is on history singular of the department of Cher, cut in 2 by the line of demarcation. Numerous testimonials and anecdotes tell us about this dark history and contribute to fulfilling our duty to remember.

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Museum of Resistance and Deportation

Museum of Trains and Military Crews

The Bourges military schools house the Museum of Trains and Military Crews, belonging to the network of fifteen military museums under the responsibility of the Army Heritage Delegation. (In August, open by reservation).

The route of the permanent exhibition of the Train collection was transferred in 2020 / 2021 to a more spacious and bright building to welcome you in a modern setting. This visit, intended for children (with its children's route) as well as adults, will reveal the evolution of the weapon of the Train in the service of France, since its creation in 1807, by the Emperor Napoleon 1st, until nowadays.

More informations: Museum of the train and military crews Pole Muséal de Bourges