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Morlaix Museum: Les Jacobins

Open to the public, this is a wonderful space for temporary exhibitions, bookshop and conservation centre.

Once a convent, this building in the very heart of the town is classed as an Historic Monument. It was founded in the 12th century by the Saint-Dominique order of monks, thanks to the generosity of the Duc de Bretagne.

The convent of the Dominicans was then taken over by the Jacobin monks in the 15th century, hence its name.

The church, founded in 1230, is the oldest in the town. This vast space, adorned by a side nave and two rose windows in the 14th century and a false transept in the 15th century. It was split into two by a wooden floor in the 19th century when the convent was taken over as military barracks. The cloisters disappeared and the religious buildings were profoundly altered.

The Museum set up here in 1887 and spread in to the restored west wing of the Convent in 1985. On the ground floor, there is a Learning Room welcoming the public, there are workshops for younger visitors, workshops on art history and conferences all held here. The first floor is a space for temporary exhibitions and the third floor is for conserving and storing documents.

Today, the Jacobin Church is no longer open to the public; the two other wings of the convent are now unoccupied but have undergone a restoration of the outer facades and the roof - they are occasionally used for exhibitions.

The Collection includes

Musée de Morlaix

  • Archaeology, entomology, fine arts, curios
  • Paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries
  • The Ange de Guernisac legacy
  • The bequeathment from ’Amis de Gustave Geffroy’
  • Ethnography
  • Contemporary art
  • Paintings and silverwork

See the collection in a new light

Periodic shows, chosen pieces, guest exhibitors and temporary shows all take their place here:

  • « Regards sur la collection »
  • « L’œuvre choisie » the spotlight piece at the Maison à Pondalez.
  • « Résonance »


Entry for both sites (Museum and Maison à Pondalez):

Adult rate 4.50 €, concessions 3 €, families 7 €

Please visit the Museum website to find out our latest exhibitions.

Practical Info

Le Musée de Morlaix
Place des Jacobins
29600 Morlaix

Tel fixe : 02 98 88 68 88
Fax : 02 98 88 52 14
E-mail : museedemorlaix@villedemorlaix.org
Site Web : www.musee.ville.morlaix.fr

Description :

12th November-20th May 2017: Portraits and figures. At the Maison à Pondalez (MH, early 15th century): Timber-framed house, an outstanding example of the Golden Age in Morlaix’s history.

Latitude : 48.5769513
Longitude : -3.8254196