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Musée National Adrien Dubouché

Thousands of pieces of porcelain from all around the world, especially Limoges, are on display at this extensive modern museum.

Given the worldwide reputation of Limoges porcelain, it is no surprise that the city’s Musée National Adrien Dubouché has one of the world’s most extensive collections. Containing over 12,000 examples of porcelain from Limoges alone and thousands of pieces from Europe, Asia, and all around the world, this museum is a must for lovers of porcelain and those who want to learn about it. Admire the craftsmanship and the delicacy of the objects and learn about their creation.

As you arrive through the gate, notice the architecture of the 19th-century building, whose stone façade is decorated with porcelain. Start in the Technique Mezzanine, a light-filled space that shows visitors how porcelain is created. Watch as the clay is formed and look at one of the enormous firing ovens. 

Continue into the historical section, which presents a range of ceramics from pre-history to the present. Walk from the crude clay pots of prehistoric man to the iconic blue-and-white porcelain of Ming China, while observing stoneware, glass and other potteries. 

End your tour with the pièce de résistance, the museum’s collection of Limoges porcelain. As one of the two French cities known for this pottery, Limoges and the Adrien Dubouché museum are incredibly proud of their collection. Pieces range from the beginning of porcelain production in the city in the 18th century to the present day. Wind your way through the labyrinthine aisles of the old Decorative Arts School and let yourself be overwhelmed by the delicate construction and elaborate decorations. 

Find the Musée National Adrien Dubouché west of Old Town Limoges, a pleasant 20-minute walk from the train station. Walk here in 10 minutes from the center of the Old Town. The museum is open all day, every day, except Tuesday, and closes for lunch. Admission is available for a small fee, with free entrance for those under the age of 26. Non-French speakers can borrow free iPads from the front desk in order to appreciate the collection. Come on the first Sunday of the month when entrance is free for all visitors.


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