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The museum was created by Pierre Pannoux, an archaeologist, and Joseph Martin, then mayor of the commune and owner of the building, and opened its doors in 1951 in the house known as the "Maison des Consuls". It was the first prehistory museum created in the Hérault.

The Museum of Arts and Archaeology, formerly known as the Museum of Prehistory in Les Matelles, is a symbolic place in the Grand Pic Saint-Loup territory.

Archaeological research in the Grand Pic Saint-Loup area began in the 1950s. Great figures in archaeology carried out work there: Henry de Lumley, Jean Arnal, Jean Guilaine, Henri Canet, Pierre Pannoux...

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Crossed views, visual artists, public/private collections renewed every year, enter into dialogue with the permanent collection around themes linked to man as an "actor" of his environment. This unprecedented encounter at the Maison des Consuls between art and our departmental heritage bears witness to a new cultural approach in which past and present are harmoniously combined.

 

Permanent exhibition
The permanent collection of the Maison des Consuls is made up of the results of the excavations undertaken by the archaeologist Pierre Pannoux in the immediate vicinity of Les Matelles, in particular the Suquet Cocoulières cave, the Roubiac site and the Bois-Martin site.



The Pierre Pannoux Fund

The archaeological collection includes 3,500 individual pieces (out of a total of 18,000): archaeological furniture (pottery, tools, flints and jewellery) and Palaeolithic animal bones (bear teeth, urus, horse, ibex, reindeer and saiga antelope bones). The collection offers a wide panorama of the prehistory of the northern Montpellier garrigue, from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Final Neolithic. The entire collection and the museum's archives can be viewed on a touch screen.

Without forgetting its vocation of preserving the archaeological collection, in a completely redesigned scenography, the Maison des Consuls wishes to open up to other themes, centred on man as a factor of evolution, in interaction with his environment, and his capacity to shape his living space.

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Informations pratiques

To get to the Maison des Consuls by bus : line 608, get off at the "Mairie" stop, 450 m on foot.

Accessibility : all the exhibition rooms of the museum are accessible to people with reduced mobility (ring the bell at the entrance - 1st door).

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