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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Musee d’Art Moderne in Ceret

The museum of modern art of Céret is the fruit of the passages and stays of the greatest artists of the 20th century in the city and its surroundings: Picasso, Braque, Gray, Soutine, Chagall, Herbin, Matisse, Masson, Krémègne then Miró, Tàpies, Viallat, Toni Grand, Bioulès … From Cubism to the School of Paris, from New Realism to Support-Surface, the collection presents an exhaustive panorama of the art of the past century.

The museum created in 1950, by two protagonists of this artistic adventure, Pierre Brune and Frank Burty Haviland, acquired the last twenty years an international dimension. Its status changed, municipal museum until 2004 it became, since January 1, 2005, Public Establishment of Cultural Cooperation, managed by the city of Céret, the General Council of Pyrénées-Orientales and the Languedoc-Roussillon Region.

Temporary exhibitions alternate between modern and contemporary art: they allow a better knowledge of the artistic passages in the south of France and Catalonia, and also open on the international level.

Click on the museum’s website below for a calendar of their events and exhibitions.


Full access (permament & temporary exhibitions)
Adult 8€
Reduced 6€

Permanent exhibition
Adult 5.50€
Reduced 3.50€

Opening Hours

24th June – 1st October, Every day, 10am – 7pm

2nd October – 23rd June, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Museum of Modern Art Céret
8, Bd Maréchal Joffre
66400 Ceret – France
T (33) 04 68 87 27 76

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