The Théâtre des Quatre Saisons is a theater for many different events: theater, dance, music or circus. Theatrical programming alternates contemporary theater, puppet presentations, magic and reinterpretations of classical texts. Musical programming stretches from classical to Swing of the 1930s and 1940s. Sometimes, as if to bring the two together, music theater takes over the stage. The theater is also open to the Connaissance du monde initiative: filmed lectures on Morocco, Mexico, Peru, the USA, or also India.
Known as Bordeaux's answer to Paris' famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, many well-known people are buried here, including Goya, Lacour, Flora Tristan and Gauguin's grandmother. Like its larger counterpart, it is also home to an amazing variety of monuments and thus offers a window onto the world of 19th-century sculpture. Its suitably peaceful atmosphere is also reminiscent of the Parisian cemetery. Cimetière de la Chartreuse is the oldest and largest burial site in Bordeaux.
This austere 18th-century building plays host to Bordeaux's town hall. The building took 13 years to construct (1771–1784). On two sides of the courtyard, low buildings link the main building to a colonnade. The rear façade is extended by two low baluster pavilions featuring bay windows adorned with garlands. Despite numerous renovations, the palace's original great staircase is still intact inside, as are a string of rooms on the ground floor, which boast of beautiful paneling, and a dining room decorated with trompe-l'œil figures. Two styles of decor, one Pompeian, the other older still, evoke the sheer refinement of Bordeaux interiors in this period.
What used to be the St-Siméon church, is today a cinema hall Cinéma Utopia, showcasing films. The special architecture of this building just adds a unique touch to the movie viewing experience. Enjoy auteur films, apart from the latest art and commercial successes. So what are you waiting for, book your tickets in this exclusive setting.
With its imposing facade of impressive corinthian columns, each topped with stone sculptures of Greek goddesses and muses, Le Grand Théâtre is as spectacular as it gets. Built by Victor Louis between 1773 and 1780, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful 18th-century buildings in Europe. Well-known companies, such as the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine, perform here, but the program delights opera and ballet lovers as well. This magnificent theater was restored in 1990 and 1991 to its former glory, with dominating shades of blues with gilt. Those wishing to learn more about the theater can book a tour that covers the history of this architectural gem. The Grand Café welcomes spectators and visitors wishing to have a coffee or lunch.
Opened in 1811, Bordeaux's Natural History Museum is one of the oldest of its kind in France. Set in a stunning private mansion adjoining the Le Jardin Public , the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle hosts a zoological collection of specimens from all over the world. It features present-day species, including those at risk of extinction, belonging to the mammal, bird, reptile and fish families, as well as crustaceans, mollusks and insects. Considerable space is dedicated to local wildlife and to paleontology, with an impressive collection of fossils. The library is open to researchers and the shop offers copies of the museum's publications among other works.
Located within the main station of the city, the Maison des Metiers de l'imprimerie is a printing museum that exhibits the mechanical artifacts of printing during the nineteenth century. Besides exhibiting remnants of printing techniques and tools, the museum also displays art work and printed material of artists within the fields of typography and lithography. The museum welcomes educational visits by schools and organizes detailed tours for groups. For more information on the museum and its exhibits, do call ahead or check out its website.
Le Petit Théâtre lives up to its name (the "Little Theater"), as it seats only 30 or so people. The theater puts on many productions for children, such as the fables of La Fontaine.
L' Atelier Rouge Tomate is an association that organizes art workshops in its office premises. This space nurtures and nourishes people's inherent creativity, through exhibitions, events, workshops and more. Paintings, sculpture, design activities are conducted for all age groups. Children can attend a variety of events during school vacations. Atelier Rouge Tomate is art education in a non-boring manner. Visit website for more information.
The Bordeaux Lac library has about 8 000 books for children and 10 000 books for teenagers and adults that cover a great range of topics. You can read them on site or borrow them for free. The Bibliothèque also subscribes to 70 newspapers and magazines and possesses a huge collection of DVDs (in French and other languages). Each year over 1 000 documents are added. The library offers free Internet access to its visitors and regularly organizes book readings and other cultural events.
At Art Cru Museum, you will get to appreciate beautiful paintings by amateur artists. Most of the artists who display their talent at the gallery are nouveau painters or artists who abound in talent but couldn't pursue formal training. These paintings are the spontaneous expressions of these unconventional minds. Hence, you would get to see out-of-the-blue images which are a direct depiction of the human heart. Besides exhibitions, the gallery also holds workshops and other art-related events in its premises. Check website to know more.