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The Museum of Lodeve Extension Project

A large-scale extension project for the Museum of Lodeve was launched in 2010. It aims to improve the conservation and presentation of the collections, to upgrade the architectural heritage of the Fleury Building and to offer improved access for all visitors.

The new spaces will also offer visitors an enhanced museum experience including:

  • spacious entrance area
  • improved access for all
  • enhanced exhibition space for both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, all with high-quality specifications
  • studio space for educational events, also to be used occasionally as a conference room
  • enlarged book and gift shop
  • proper storage for the collection reserves

This large-scale project will develop in several phases.

Phases of the project

Already Accomplished

> Approval of the Scientific and Cultural Project, whose mission is to assess the present situation and present possibilities for the future museum.

> Acquisition of the adjoining building, the Teisserenc building, named for its previous occupants the Teisserenc family, who played a significant role in the textile industry. This building will be upgraded and integrated into the new museum, as will the present public library (once an appropriate site for its relocation has been found).

> Approval of the programming study, carried out by the firm Aubry and Guiguet. This study sought to define the phases of the project and its budget estimates.

> Launch of an architectural competition in two phases. From 80 international candidates, the architectural firm Projectiles was chosen by a jury made up of city councillors, institutional partners and architects.

Winter 2012-2013: collections assessment

The complete inventory and restoration of the collections are vital steps in the museum's extension project.

It consists of making a detailed inventory, preparing and then re-housing the entire collection while the extension work takes place, and finally integrating the collection into the new museum space.

During this key phase of collection inventory, the Museum of Lodeve will be closed from October 22, 2012 to June 21, 2013. Nevertheless there are several events for the public during this period. Subscribe to the Museum's newsletter to be invited to these events (only in French).

Find out about the different stages of collection assessment and how you can participate: Collection Assessment, winter 2012-2013

Next Steps

The start of building work is scheduled for late 2014.