The Musée des Augustins is a beautiful art museum in Toulouse which just so happens to be located in an old convent built in 1309.
Following the Revolution, the convent was secularized and turned into a museum in 1795, making it one of the oldest museums in France after the Louvre.
They have a large collection of Medieval religious sculptures rescued from churches that were being destroyed or torn down in the 1800’s.
Past the first chamber, you enter the old sanctuary.
The smaller rooms are dedicated to a particular subject, such as the top of Corinthian columns (each one different)
After completing the ground level, you move upstairs through my favorite part of the museum: a red brick and white marble staircase housing more Classical sculptures.
You are greeted by a very imposing figure.
Upstairs is a modern style gallery filled with large paintings (and completely random horse outfits designed this year. This is one of those instances when mixing modern art with classical art does not work).
My only complaint is that the spotlights were so bright they produced a huge glare and it was difficult to get a clear view of the paintings at the very top.
If you are in Toulouse you must go to the Musée des Augustins. It has everything: sculptures, paintings, Medieval, Renaissance, modern, and everything in a building which is a work of art itself.