The Fabre museum itself is an astounding work of art, an innovative combination of the classic: a private house dating back to 1775 juxtaposed with contemporary architecture.
One of the largest and most remarkable museums in France, the collection of works in the museum covers sculptures, oil paintings, sketches and weaving works...etc, with more than 5,000 pieces. It includes Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French collections; painters of the great European schools of the 16th to the 18th-centuries including Zurbaran, Reynolds, Tenier and Veronese and of the French schools such as Greuze, Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, and Bazille as well as ceramics and sculptures and contemporary paintings.
The entrance is via the inner court of a former Jesuit college. The museum owes its origins to the Montpellier artist, François-Xavier Fabre who donated his collection in 1825, encouraging several other well-known collectors to follow suit between then and 1968.