The Lapérouse museum

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Push open the door of this museum dedicated to the fabulous round-the-world trip of the Albi sailor, Lapérouse. When visiting Albi, cross the Pont Vieux, which crosses the Tarn river, to arrive in the Botany Bay square. From the terrace you can appreciate one of the finest panoramas of the Episcopal City: the river, the scows on the Tarn, the roofs of Old Alby...


Jean-François de Galaup de Lapérouse was a native of Albi, born in 1741 in the Gô manor house. Louis XVI, France's king at this time, appreciated the human qualities and the seafaring talents of the young naval Captain. He entrusted him with the greatest expedition of his reign with 2 ships called the Boussole ("the compass") and the Astrolabe. 225 men, sailors, scientists and artists left Brest in 1785, sailing to Brazil, Chile, California, Alaska, Russia, China, Australia ... and ran aground in Vanikoro (Solomon Islands) in the Pacific in 1788.  During this trip, he carried out a precise and valuable work on cartography and scientific research. 

The Lapérouse museum is not only the story of a man but a great page in the maritime history of the late eighteenth century and an invitation to join in mysteries that still exist.


The museum is aiming for a wide audience, those who are interested in history, exploration and maritime exploits. When visiting with your family, an educational games booklet is given to each child. Discovery becomes a game.


The Lapérouse Association has managed to get his voyage recognised throughout the world! At each stage of the voyage, a monument or plaque has been erected.

There is partial access for people with reduced mobility

Opening hours

1st March - 30th June and 1st September - 31st October

  • 9:00am - 12:00 and 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Closed on Mondays.

1st July - 31st August

  • Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 12:00 and 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00 and 2:00pm - 7:00pm

1st November - 28th February

  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00 and 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Closed on 1st Jan, 1st May, 1st Nov and 25th Dec.

Entrance fees 

  • Full rate: €4
  • Students, unemployed, disabled: €2.50
  • Albi City pass: €2.50
  • Free for under 12s