The Adrien Dubouché National Porcelain Museum in Limoges

Musée Adrien Dubouché Limoges

Limoges's porcelain heritage is preserved in this museum with a display of 15.000 pieces: the world's largest collection of Limoges porcelain. Limoges porcelain became famous worldwide after the discovery of abundant kaolin clay deposits in the region. Kaolin was fervently sought out in the 18th century as it is the main ingredient for porcelain making. The Limoges porcelain factory was created in 1771 and was the second company to create hard porcelain in France (after the Sèvres factory).

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The Fine Arts Museum in Limoges

This museum, located in an 18th century episcopal palace was recently restored. Its collections are remarkable and diverse : goldsmithing and enamels (over 600 items from the 12th century to nowadays), Egyptian archaeology (over 2.000 items), Gallo-Roman archaeology, medieval and modern sculptures and fine arts with paintings by Renoir, Guillaumin and Suzanne Valadon.

Web : www.museebal.fr

The Creuse Tapestry Museum

This museum owns a permanent collection of XVIIth and XVIIIth century northern Limousin tapestries, as well as XXth century tapestries, many created by Jean Lurçat. The museum also has an outstanding tapestry documentation centre.

Web : www.tourisme-creuse.com

The Monet-Rollinat Museum in Fresselines

This exhibition, located in an old barn, allows visitors to discover the profuseness of the Creuse Valley painters (Monet, Guillaumin, Valadon...) and the masterpieces of contemporary landscape artists.

Web : www.tourisme-creuse.com

Oradour sur Glane Memorial Centre

Time stood still here ever since that fateful day in June 1944 when all but a handful of the unsuspecting village's inhabitants were rounded up and massacred by the occupying German troups. Immediately after the Liberation, the 15 hectare ruins of the martyred village were classified as a historic monument and remained untouched as a powerful reminder of the barbarism of the Nazi regime and a memorial to the 642 innocent men, women and children who lost their lives.

The Memorial Centre, created in 1999, is the access point to the village ruins and houses a permanent exhibition discussing the historical context and significance of the tragedy, with many documents, maps and photographs.

Web : www.oradour.org