Archaeological & Heritage Museum – ‘Maison du Patrimoine – Françoise Claustre’


This collection includes artefacts unearthed by the archaeologist Françoise Claustre in the Vallespir area most notably the funeral urns discovered at the Necropolis of Vilanove.

Originally known simply as an archaeological museum, the remit has now extended to encompass a wider representation of the area’s heritage. It also provides educational material on the subject of pre-historic art plus a contemporary art exhibition.

In the shade of the plane trees, not far from Museum of Modern Art, the Heritage House Françoise Claustre, municipal service, has for mission the valuation of Heritage and Archeology.

Important archaeological discoveries on the territory of Vallespir led over the years to the creation of an establishment which was first named “Archaeological Museum of Céret”. He could not find a better setting to settle than the old Tower of the Porte d’Espagne which was totally refurbished by the municipality in 1995.

It will become, in 2007, the Heritage House Françoise Claustre in tribute to the one who, upon his return from captivity in Chad, came to work in Céret and gave this structure a reputation and a particular momentum. An agreement was signed in 2009 between the City Council of Céret and the Regional Service of Archeology for the creation of a municipal archaeological deposit , located on the 3rd and 4th floor.

The building brings together a museum space on the first two levels, an archaeological deposit, under the direction of the DRAC (Ministry of Culture) , associated with a research center for the study of the deposited collections.
Its heritage vocation is defined by guided tours and temporary exhibitions. The educational animation of the museum is done through workshops for young audiences throughout the year.

Place Picasso BP 303 – 66400 Céret
66403 Céret
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 87 31 59


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