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Things to do in Southern Pyrenees & Midi Pyrenees

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Musée des Augustins/Musée des Beaux-Arts:

The museum was established within a convent in 1793, just after the French Revolution. As well as the beautiful paintings you'll find here, a walk through the Musee gives you the chance to view a 14th-century monastery.

The sculptures and carvings are magnificent, and there are some fine examples of early Christian sarcophagi. On the upper floors is a large painting collection, with works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gérard, Delacroix, and Ingres. The museum also contains several portraits by a local artist Antoine Rivalz.

Hours: Wed 10am-9pm; Thurs-Mon 10am-6pm
Location: 23 rue de Metz
Prices: 3€, free for children 11 and under
Season: Closed May 1, Dec 25, and Jan 1

Cite Espace:

Some half a million visitors a year go to the Cite Espace to find out what it's like to program a satellite's launch into orbit or how to maneuver one in space. On the grounds outside you can walk through the Mir orbital station constructed by the Russians.

The top floor focuses on exploration of the universe, with close-up shots of the moons of Jupiter taken by fly-by satellites.

Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun 9am-7pm
Location: Av. Jean Gonord, at Exit 17 of the East Peripheral Highway
Prices: 12€ adults, 10€ seniors over 60, 8€ children 6-17, free for children 6 and under; family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) 36&euro

Musée d'Art Sacré & Trésor Francis Poulenc:

This artistic highlight of the religious complex, which was radically enlarged and renovated in 1996, contains a gold chalice presented by the 19th-century pope, Pius II, among other treasures. There is a panoramic elevator between the different floors.

Hours: Jan-June Mon-Fri 10am-noon and 2:30-6pm; July-Aug daily 9am-7pm; Sept-Dec daily 9:30am-noon and 2-6pm
Location: Parvis du Sanctuaire
Phone: 05-65-33-23-30
Prices: 4.60€ adults, 2.60€ children 10-18, free for children under 10

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