Périgord Museum of Art and Archaeology

Prehistory, ethnography and fine arts

Périgord Museum

The Périgord Museum of Art and Archaeology is the oldest museum in the Dordogne department, with more than 45,000 works of art spread over 2,000m² and organized around 4 major collections, as well as a variety of temporary exhibitions.

Prehistoric collection

With 18,500 references, the Prehistory collection is the subject of regular academic research.

This 1st public collection in the Dordogne is the 4th largest in France, after those of the Musées de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the Musée National de Préhistoire des Eyzies (to which it is complementary) and the Musée départemental de Préhistoire de Nemours.

A selection of the major pieces in this collection has been chosen for an attractive, educational and didactic presentation. Tools, objets d'art and fossil men are displayed by site and by period, so that visitors can grasp the fundamental landmarks of history.

Medieval collections: 4th-15th centuries

The museum's medieval collections appeared very early on in its inventories. These include remarkable pieces from buildings no longer standing in Périgueux and the Dordogne, to which have been added, over time, pieces found during excavations or donated by collectors.

Fine arts collections from the 16th to the 21st century

Exhibited in the cloister, for the architectural elements - built for this purpose by the 19th-century architect - and in the right wing, the works are presented chronologically.
For each room, colored backgrounds recall the century to which it refers: blue for the 16th-17th centuries, yellow to evoke the golds of the 18th century, green in reference to the empire green of the 19th century, and light gray for the 19th-20th century room to approximate the white so characteristic of late 20th-century displays.

The works on display reflect the history of artistic creation in Périgord, France and Europe. These collections have been built up through purchases by the town, donations from numerous collectors in the region, and loans and gifts from the French government.

They provide fundamental milestones in the fields of painting, sculpture, furniture and objets d'art...

Non-European collections

This collection, comprising over 2,000 pieces, is now considered the 7th largest in France. The first pieces from New Caledonia, the Marquesas Islands, French Guiana and Asia were donated to the museum in the 1860s. They were brought back by missionaries, civil servants, merchants and travellers from Périgueux and Périgord.

Initially acquired to be compared with objects excavated from prehistoric sites and displayed alongside celles, since the 1960s they have been exhibited to evoke the cultures to which they belong.

Within these cultures, objects play a fundamental spiritual and social role: intermediaries between the visible and invisible worlds, embodying the spirit of ancestors and magical powers, they translate and reveal some of the founding myths of these civilizations.

Pricing details

Full price: €6.00
Reduced rate : 4.00 €

Individual museum pass: €13 (unlimited access to the museum, valid for one year from date of purchase).

Reduced rate for up to 4 accompanying adults.
When you visit the Musée d'art et d'archéologie du Périgord, you can now, by adding 1 euro to the entrance fee, take advantage of a smartphone equipped with headphones that will allow you :

visit the museum independently with an audio-visual guide in French and English
discover the "Libérez Andromède!" game specially designed for the museum (click here for more information)

"1 city - 2 museums

Twin ticket for two museums MAAP / VESUNNA :

Full-price twin ticket for two museums: €9 (valid for the current calendar year)
Reduced-rate twin ticket for two museums: €6 (valid for current calendar year)
Individual pass for the 2 MAAP / VESUNNA museums: €20 (unlimited access to the museum, valid for one year from date of purchase). Reduced rate for up to 4 accompanying persons.

Combined ticket MAAP / Abris préhistoriques de Laugerie Basse / SEMITOUR: €11 for +26 years old until December 31, 2023


Groups of 10 or more: €5 per person
Supplement for guided tour for individuals: €1 per person
School groups and leisure centers outside Périgueux: €2.50 per pupil. Free for classes in Périgueux.
Surcharge for vacation workshops for the general public: €2.50
Visit outside opening hours, including guided tour: €9 per person
Supplement for smartphone rental to visit the museum via the app or digital game: €1 per person


Rental per corporate body (fewer than 50 people) outside opening hours, including guided tour: €600
Rental per corporate body (more than 50 people) outside opening hours, including guided tour: €1,000
Extra charge for exceeding Maap rental hours: €100 (for any hour started after 11pm)


Reduced admission :

Residents of Périgueux aged 18 to 25 inclusive.
Students over 25 on presentation of card
On presentation of a full-price ticket for MAAP, Vesunna or the town tour (by the Ville d'Art et d'Histoire department), dated the day of the visit, offer valid within 7 days.
Accompanying persons (up to 4) of a season ticket holder
Members of the Association des amis du Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie du Périgord (for this establishment only)
Adults taking part in a vacation workshop for MAAP
Visitors to the roofs of Saint-Front Cathedral on presentation of a ticket issued by the Greater Périgueux Tourist Office or the Ville d'Art et d'Histoire department.
Pass Perigord, Pass Périgueux Culture holders
Free admission:

Under-26s living in Périgueux (with proof of age)
Under-26s on presentation of a CIJ youth card.
All under-18s as individuals.
Accompanying adults (1 free admission per group of 10).
Escorts for school groups and leisure centers.
Classes, leisure centers, members of neighbourhood clubs (Périgueux municipal service) for activities and by reservation.
Coach drivers accompanying a group of visitors.
Teachers preparing a visit with a class.
Recipient of minimum social benefits.
Jobseekers with proof of less than 6 months' employment
War veterans and disabled civilians (one companion per person).
Scientific staff at museums, archaeological services and heritage conservation agencies.
Members of ICOM (International Council Of Museums), ICOMOS (International Council Of Monuments ans Sites) and AGCCPF (Association Générale des Conservateurs des Collections Publiques de France).
Councillors of the city of Périgueux.
Members of the amicale de solidarité des agents municipaux de la ville de Périgueux.
Exceptional free admission on the occasion of promotional events or special circumstances for the museum.
Thursdays from October 1 to May 31, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. as part of the MAAP Thursdays program.
Lecturer-guides on presentation of valid card
Free of charge on presentation of the "Borrow a Museum" card issued by the Médiathèque Pierre Fanlac
Free entertainment:

Schools and universities in Périgueux
Périgueux leisure centers

Dates and times

October 1 to March 31 :
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm

April 1 to September 30 :
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:1 pm - 6 pm



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