The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is situated in a what used to be the Lalande family home, constructed in 1779 by the Bordelais architect Etienne Laclotte.
The museum has been decorated in the late 18th century style, offering a glimpse into the way of life of the privileged classes of this time, just prior to the French revolution.
The museum’s permanent collection features furnishings, port goods, glassware, jewellery, instruments of music and measurement and tableware, constituting a rich example of French- and particularly Bordelais– decorative trends of the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum also has a wide range of 19th century Bordelais pottery and porcelain.
To see the temporary exhibitions that are taking place, visit their website.
While you’re on the quiet and quaint street of Rue Bouffard, have a look in the shops. If you’re a musician, you’ll be delighted with the number of music shops!
LOCAL TIP : If you’re interested in doing several museums in one day, the Musee des Art Décoratifs et du Design and the Centre Jean Moulin are just around the corner from the Musée des Beaux Arts, both of which can be accessed from the tram stops at ‘Hotel de Ville’ or ‘Gambetta’.