The Goya Museum is an art museum located in Castres, It is named after the Spanish painter Francisco Goya and has the largest collection of Spanish paintings in France, with works by Goya, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo, Ribera etc. The museum was originally established in 1840 and has 28,000 visitors annually.

The museum is located in the old Bishop's Palace, which was built in 1675 and is based on the design of Jules Hardouin Mansart, who was an architect of the Palace of Versailles. The gardens were designed by André Le Nôtre, who also worked at Versailles. In 1947, it became the only museum of Spanish paintings from the 14th/15th century onwards in France.

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Founded: 1840
Category: Museums in France

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Brian Frost (2 years ago)
A great way to spend an hour or two.
Dana Westermark (2 years ago)
Nice, well organised small museum. If you are in the area, this is a worthwhile stop but it is not one to go out of your way for. The pretty garden behind the museum is worth a visit while you are here. A walk along the river takes you to the main square where you can find several good spots for lunch.
Manuel Toribio Moreno (2 years ago)
Different art styles in the same place. 5 stars!
david edwards (2 years ago)
Not much of a choice but a great building and some lovely set.
Harvey Mains (2 years ago)
Small but great. A must see.
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