LAPÉROUSE, CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
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.
A MUSEUM FOR EVERYONE
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
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
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.
- Full rate: €4
- Students, unemployed, disabled: €2.50
- Albi City pass: €2.50
- Free for under 12s