In fact there are two small museums in the left wing of the Hotel Dieu Saint-Jacques:
The Museum of the History of Medicine and the Museum of Medical Instruments of the Hospitals of Toulouse. To get from one to another just cross the hall. A total of 4 rooms on the history of medicine and pharmacy in Toulouse and on the instruments.
The ancient medical instruments do impress the visitor who can only be happy to know the twenty-first century medicine and not as it was two or three centuries ago.
The two people who were guarding the museum during my visit were in fact historians with whom it was very pleasant to speak of the medical objects on display.
I could not help taking photos of clysters in memory of the "Malade Imaginaire" of Molière.
Museum of the History of Medicine at the Hotel Dieu Saint-Jacques: open Thursday, Friday, Sunday from 11h to 17h.
Museum of Medical Instruments of Hospitals of Toulouse at the Hotel Dieu Saint-Jacques: Open on Thursday and Friday from 13h to 17h, first Sunday each month 10 - 18h.
En fait il y a deux petits musées dans l'aile gauche de l’Hôtel Dieu Saint-Jacques :
D'une part le Musée de l'Histoire de la Médecine et d'autre part le Musée des Instruments de Médecine des Hopitaux de Toulouse. Il suffit de traverser un hall pour se rendre de l'un à l'autre. Au total 4 salles consacrés à l'histoire de la médecine et pharmacie à Toulouse ainsi qu'aux instruments. Les instruments de médecine anciens ne manquent pas d'impressionner le visiteur qui se dit être bien heureux de connaître la médecine du XXIe siècle et non celle d'il y a deux ou trois siècles.
Les deux personnes qui gardaient le musée lors de ma visite étaient en fait des historiens avec qui il était bien agréable de parler des objets médicaux.
Je n'ai pu m'empêcher de photographier des clystères en souvenir du "Malade Imaginaire".
Musée de l'Histoire de la Médecine à l’Hôtel Dieu Saint-Jacques : ouvert le jeudi, vendredi, dimanche et certains jours fériés de 11h à 17h.
Musée des Instruments de Médecine des Hopitaux de Toulouse à l'Hôtel Dieu Saint-Jacques également -Tél 05 61 77 82 72, Ouvert le jeudi et vendredi de 13h à 17h, fermé les jours fériés. Du 24/12 au 3/01 - du 14/07 au 15/08 se renseigner.
Small museum installed in a Moresque house exposing the collection of objects of Asia of Georges Labit ( 1862-1899 ).
Objets d'art of Egypt (with the projection of an excellent film about the study of the mummy of the museum), of India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Cambodia and Japan are on exhibit.
One should consider this museum in a provincial optic of initiation into cultures which large museums in Paris such as The Louvre and Musée des Arts Asiatiques Guimet will develop.
Open every day 10 - 17 h except Tuesday
Petit musée installé dans un pavillon mauresque où est exposée la collection d'objets d'Asie du toulousain Georges Labit (1862-1899). On y trouve des œuvres d'Egypte (avec projection d'un excellent film sur l'étude de la momie du musée), objets d'art de l'Inde, Tibet, Népal, Chine, Cambodge et Japon.
Il faut voir ce musée dans une optique provinciale d'initiation à des cultures que des musées parisiens comme Le Louvre ou le Musée des Arts Asiatiques Guimet pourront ensuite développer.
Ouvert tous les jours de 10 à 17 h, sauf mardi.
Those who are always late, those who never have time must visit this museum of graphic and ornamental arts of which the collection of watchmaking realized by Edouard Gélis is one of the most prestigious of Europe.
Ceux ou celles qui sont toujours en retard, ceux ou celles qui n'ont jamais le temps se doivent de visiter ce musée des arts graphiques et décoratifs dont la collection d'horlogerie réalisée par Edouard Gélis est une des plus prestigieuses d'Europe.
I had chosen to visit this " Space of Modern and Contemporary Art " on the first Sunday of the month because the entrance was free as in most of the Toulousian museums.
Indeed I did well because so I saved 6,10€ (7€ in 2011) the double of an entrance to the museum of the Augustins. Sure, I did see funny "things" as the characters or animals who climb the ladders in the big hall, or some decorative and quite original objects. Objects whose artistic qualities are not clear to me in spite of my willingness to become a member of the club of initiated amateurs..
The contemporary art is as a religion, one does believe or does not believe.
Sorry, but after that visit I remained a "non-believer".
J'avais choisi de visiter cet "Espace d'Art Moderne et Contemporain" un premier dimanche du mois puisque l'entrée était gratuite comme dans la plupart des musées Toulousains.
Bien m'en prit puisque j'ai épargné ainsi 7€ (le double d'une entrée au musée des Augustins) pour voir des "choses" certes amusantes comme les personnages ou animaux qui montent aux échelles dans le grand hall, ou alors de la décoration branchée certes originale mais dont les qualités artistiques m'échappent malgré ma bonne volonté à vouloir faire partie du club des initiés.
L'art contemporain c'est comme la religion, on est croyant ou pas.
Désolé, mais après cette visite je reste un "incroyant".
Grande espaço com tudo sobre astronomia, foguetões, satélites, etc.
Fato espacial de uma missão Apollo à Lua.
Capacete revestido a ouro devido ás radiações e um custo de 2 milhões de dolares em 1968.
The Hôpital Hotel-Dieu Saint-Jacques was originally built as a station along the Camino de Santiago, the old pilgrimage route that leads through southern France and northern Spain to Santiago de Composela in Galicia. It now essentially functions as the administrative centre for the hospitals of the region, but it was once the chief hospital for the centre of Toulouse, with all hospitals on that side of the Garonne attached to it, except for the Hôpital Grave. Today, the Hôtel-Dieu also hosts two related museums on medicine and medical procedures/instruments that are fascinating but not always for those with weak stomachs. They include neat displays on the various medical instruments used at different times, but they also have things like wax displays of the effects of syphilis and the plague – probably quite valuable teaching tools before the advent of photography. In the centre of the buildings there is a large rose garden. I’m not a flower buff, but trust me on this one – going out to smell the flowers and admire the plants has a great calming effect after an hour of looking at the ravages of disease. All in all, a fun and exciting afternoon for those who are interested in it.
The Natural History Museum of Toulouse is exactly what you would expect it to be – a museum dedicated to the history of the earth and natural phenomena, with exhibits on flora and fauna (not just from Toulouse and surrounding area or from the modern area), geology, geography and astronomy. It’s instructive and has some pretty neat exhibits on volcanoes, earthquakes, evolution and the various natural remedies and products used around the world for which we often substitute man-made goods. Unfortunately, it also attracts hoards of young kids who go wild with delight when they get to try out the earthquake simulators, which can make it a bit difficult for you to really focus on the exhibits as you try no to go down under a stampede of 9 year olds. My favourite part of the museum was actually the gardens. The curators of the museum have sought to create a space in which visitors could experience as many of the different plants and trees that grow around the world as possible. In concentric circles, and then in hot houses to the side of the circles, they have planted various types of grasses, cereals, flowers, shrubs, cacti, carnivorous plants, tropical plants and trees from around the world. We’ve become so accustomed to referring to various products by generic terms that we sometimes forget that oats or wheat may be radically different concepts on the different continents. This museum helps to put that in perspective, especially for those (such as me) who don’t have much experience in rural environments.
I will admit that I am not always a fan of contemporary art. I realize that my opinion may not be shared with many people, but it just seems that, as it we become more liberal and freedom of expression more widespread (both through legislative changes and the evolution of technology), artwork is pushed into greyer and greyer areas for criticism and activism. Sometimes the result is quite thought-provoking, and sometimes the message and intentions of the artists become muddled and confusing. That said, I still found the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (also known as Les Abattoirs, as it is housed in an old slaughter-house) a bit lacking in a way because its exhibits didn’t seem to follow any specific plan or theme. That is, the exhibition that was running when I was there seemed to just be young artists who used various types of media, but their messages and themes ran through the full gamut of issues that you’ll find in any anti-globalization protest, without a specific focus on the artists themselves. The facilities of the museum were also pretty standard (I mean that the set of the actual building was in no way thought-provoking or innovative), although there were some interesting paintings displayed outdoors that seemed to showcase Toulouse’s own modern art scene.
The Musée Georges-Labit is easily one of my most favourite museums in the entire world. It is by no means a large museum - in fact, it is the size of a small house with the ground floor and the basement housing exhibits. Rather, what struck my fancy was, first of all, the unusual design of the museum. It is an institution dedicated to exotic cultures and artifacts, and the building in which it is housed lives up to this mission. It looks like something out of old Cordoba, a wonderful Moorish structure in the middle of a garden filled with palm trees and other semi-tropical fauna. The museum is names after Georges Labit, a late 19th century traveler who collected objets d’art from Asia and Africa and brought them back to his native Toulouse. The collection is therefore quite unique, at least it seemed that way to me, because it didn’t focus on the usual cultures that usually spark the fancy of curators. Certainly, there are pieces from India, China and Japan, as well as an extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts. However, a large portion of the collection comes from Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, countries with long artistic traditions and high sophisticated cultures that are usually ignored in “Arts of the East” exhibitions in order to make room for Indian deities and Japanese calligraphy. Although the Egyptian chamber is impressive, the ability to really have a taste of the ways in which other Asian cultures were influenced by, and distinguished themselves from, India and China is perhaps the best part of the Musée Georges-Labit.
Toulouse is crammed with museums and it would be difficult to choose where to begin if you were planning ahead. Luckily, I hadn't planned a museum visit at all and my entry into the musee du vieux Toulouse was entirely fortuitous. I was attracted here by the little brick turret of this building: the Hotel Dumay from the XVI century. The museum contains a variety of pieces from Roman times down to the present but I couldn't stop looking at the building itself. From the ceilings to the wallpaper to the floorboards you get the sense of aging. It's not that the building hasn't been cared for, but it has never been restored to its original glory. How many generations have these old bricks seen come and go? What stories could they tell if one took the time to listen? Ask the curators to find out.
For a treat take the spiral staircase all the way to the top and open the window to look out at the roof tops.
Open April 15 - October 15 Monday through Saturday from 2 to 6 pm.