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La Cohue museum

La Cohue was a covered market in medieval times and benefits from very spacious areas. The museum exhibits its rich collections of paintings.

La Cohue was a covered market in medieval times and benefits from very spacious areas. The museum exhibits the its rich collections of paintings.

The permanent collections of paintings 

Presentation of thirty or so exceptional works, amongst which is a superb work by Claude Monet Pluie à Belle-Ile (Rain in Belle-Ile).

These collections, plus many deposited works, offer a familiar yet often renewed experience to visitors. Light in landscapes, the tireless quest of painters, is the main theme of the discovery of painting in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Figurative landscapes or abstract compositions are hung side by side and interact visually, reaffirming their inspirational continuity.

In the 19th century, painters experimented with painting in open-air settings. Gradually, light displaced the focus from the subject and led to abstraction The movement towards a modern approach was embodied by the work of Elodie La Villet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet, Jean Le Moal and Geneviève Asse.

The visit to the museum is a stroll where every visitor is invited to trust his or her own visual perception and sensitivity. Multilingual notices are available for those who would like to know more about the paintings.
The museum's cultural department is expanding its sphere of activity by organising events encompassing other modes of expression such as theatre, music and dance.


La Cohue Fine art museum
Place Saint Pierre - +33 (0)2 97 01 63 00

Château Gaillard – Vannes History Museum

The Château Gaillard keeps its first floor for collections from prehistoric times up to the Gallo-roman period, and the second floor for objects from everyday life in medieval times.

Château Gaillard was built at the request of Jean of Malestroit, then bishop of Nantes, and later Duke Jean 5th's chancellor (1408-1442). In 1457, it served as the auditorium for the Breton parliament and as the president's residence. Typical of civilian architecture in the 15th century, this mansion's walls bear witness to the different stages of its history. One can nonetheless still make out its original layout. It is composed of two adjacent buildings on a narrow plot of land which reflects the strip-type parcelling of the urban fabric in the middle ages.
The two parts of the building, lit by windows with cruciform transoms, comprise spacious rooms with monumental fireplaces. A many-sided tufa spiral staircase allows access to the second floor.  On this level, in the room known as "the Fathers of the desert, a very impressive work made up of 57 painted panels can be found, dating from the 17th century. The building was classed as a Historical Monument in 1913.
The museum invites visitors to discover its archaeological collections, from the prehistoric period, the Bronze Age, and the Gallic and gallo-roman epochs.
We would recommend in particular, a visit to the grave goods from the Neolithic era originating from the largest megalithic sites in Morbihan.

Musées d'histoire Château Gaillard (History museum)
2 rue Noé
Tel.: +33 (0)2 97 01 63 00

Opening times
From October to June: open to groups by arrangement
Open from mid-June to 30 September: every day from 10 am to 6 pm, including public holidays.
*Unaccompanied visit
*Guided tours of permanent archaeology collections from 1st July to 3rd September: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2.30 pm
Prices Dual ticket (Cohue, Château Gaillard). Full price: €6, concessionary price: €4
Group (more than 20 persons): €3 per person
Free for children under 12, school groups and members of the municipal library.



Place Maurice Marchais

Tél. : 02 97 01 60 00



Monday to Friday from 8h to 12h15 and from 13h15 to 18h.Saturday morning from 9h to 12h.



7 rue Joseph Le Brix

Tél. : 02 97 01 60 00


Ouverture :


Monday to Friday from 8h15 to 12h15 and from 13h15 to 17h.


Permanence of the state civil service, Saturday 9am to 12pm.Are given priority: the declarations of birth and death as well as passport applications (by appointment).


Saturday morning, home phone from 9h to 12h.