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Many of the larger towns have their museums, often dedicated to local events and culture. However their opening times and days can be a little haphazard and the smaller ones often only open their doors during the peak summer months. And most of them will be shut during the sacred lunch hour(s).


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Towns - Museums

Arudy. Small town at the foot of the Ossau valley
Museum of pre-historic Megaliths (stone age monuments).
Auch. Very pleasant city and capital of the Gers
Jacobins Museum.
Bayonne. Large city and port on the mouth of the Adour
Musée Bonnat. Paintings, drawings and sculptures including works by Rubens, Gréco, Degas, Titien, Raphaël and Watteau. Open all the year round; closed Tuesdays and holidays.
Biarritz. Major tourist centre on the Basque coast with English connections
Historical Museum. Photographs, books, costumes and docments on the events, the inhabitants and the history of the town. Open all the year round. Closed Thursdays and Sundays.
Maritime museum and Aquarium. The Aquarium includes examples of sea-life from the Bay of Biscay, while the museum records the maritime life of the town. Open all the year round, and even through the lunch hour during summer - and in the evenings from July 14 to the end of August.
Bidart. Basque coastal resort
Guéthary: Museum of Art. Includes works inspired by the Pays Basque. Open May - Oct except Tuesdays.
Capbreton. Important sea-side resort and old port
Ecomuseum of fishing and the sea. A small museum tells the story of fishing at Capbreton from the 10th century, together with fossils and an aquarium of local sea-life.
Condom. Known as the small capital of Armagnac
Museum of Armagnac. An interesting collection of old wine-making materials including an 18 ton press and an 18 litre bottle. Open mid-June to end of September, visits out of season by appointment only
Dax. One of France's most important spa towns, dating from Roman times
Museum of Borda. A good local museum with interesting displays on the history of the area from prehistoric times onwards.
Eauze. A capital of the Armagnac area
Treasure of Eauze.
Hasparren. Busy indutrial town in the Pays Basque
The Francis Jammes Museum. The house of the poet (1868-1938). Open June 15 - Sept 15.
Isle-Jourdaine.
European Art Museum.
Las. Small but dynamic village on the Gave d'Oloron
Museum de Maïs. Corn, or maize, is the dominant crop of the area - mainly for animals and especially the ducks and geese so do not expect to see much corn on the cob. The museum records the history of this important part of the local culture.
Labastide d'Armagnac. A bastide town hardly touched by time.
Ecomuseum of Armagnac. Based in an Armagnac chateau (Chateau Garreau), this small museum explains all about armagnac and its traditions.
Laruns. Small mountain town at the head of the Ossau valley.
Arudy museum, 'Cinq Sens' exhibition (multimedia presentation of valley d'Ossau), Vulture cliff (Aste-Béon).
Lectoure.
Archeological Museum, Museum of Religious Art.
Lescar. Originally Benehamum under the Romans and first capital of Béarn
Small ethnology museum open in high season.
Marciac. Vibrant bastide town with major jazz festival and large lake
Audio-visuel Jazz museum.
Mirande.
Art Museum and Local History Museum.
Montfort-en-Chalosse.
Museums.
Montreal.
Archeological (Seviac) Museum.
Pau. Elegant city heavily influenced by the British, now capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Béarnais museum. The Musée Béarnais is in part of the Chateau
Le musée des Beaux-Arts.
Saint Bertrand-de-Comminges.
Museums.
Saint Jean-de-Luz. Most important Basque fishing port
Grevin Museum. Local history including a wax-works exhibition. Open all the year round: every day from April to October, the afternoons of weekends and school holidays outside this period.
Saint Palais. Important agricultural town in the Pays Basque
The Museum of the Basse Navarre and St Jacques de Compostelle. Local history. Open all the year round, closed Sundays and holidays except in July and August.
Saint Sever.
Poulty museum.
Samatan.
Museum of Foie Gras and popular tradition.
Tarbes.
Military and others.

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