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Montpellier ’s
Pavillon Populaire


A photographic art space

Near Place de la Comédie and the Corum, Montpellier’s Pavillon Populaire is dedicated to contemporary photography. Launched by the city, this cultural venue is free of charge to the public. It hosts exhibitions specially designed for the occasion and presents established and emerging artists of national and international renown.


Montpellier ’s Pavillon Populaire,
a specialised programme

With art photography, documentary photography, fine arts photography and much more, the programme at the Pavillon Populaire honours the beauty and plurality of this artistic discipline. It focuses on retrospectives in particular. Monographic exhibitions are held regularly, presenting the works and evolution of a specific artist. Some of them have been dedicated to Robert Doisneau, Linda McCartney and Partrick Tosani among others.

The Boutographies

Every year, the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier hosts Les Boutographiques, the city’s festival of photographic encounters. Dedicated to new talent, it highlights the work of young photographers on the European scene. With exhibitions, private viewings, meetings and screenings etc, the event has become a must for professionals and visitors alike.


The history of a remarkable place

Located in the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle park, the Neo-Renaissance style building was constructed in 1891 by the Montpellier architect Léopold Carlier. As a university town renowned for its faculty of medicine and law, the building was intended to house the "student circle." The Pavillon Populaire of Montpellier was then used as a venue for various popular and professional events (including a wine-growers’ festival and an event celebrating the victory of the Popular Front etc.).

Charles de Gaulle

This is the ideal place for anyone who wants to simply enjoy the good weather.
Lined with plane trees and greenery, it is perfect for a pleasant and energising walk.
If you stroll along the shaded walkways, you will find restaurants, cafés, guinguettes, musicians and florists etc.

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Le Royal Hôtel,
near the Montpellier’s
Pavillon Populaire



From the hotel, you can walk to Montpellier’s Pavillon Populaire in seven minutes. Go to Place de la Comédie, go down the walkway Jules Milhau on your left and walk along the esplanade. The centre is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm in the winter, and from 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm in the summer. Weekly tours are organised free of charge and are accessible without booking in advance.


Follow the guide

Discover Montpellier through :

. its events : Radio France Festival, Christmas Market, Marathon, Lez Market
. its highlights: Arc de Triomphe, Château de Mogère, Place de la Comédie, the Forum
. its art and culture: Mo.Co Panacée, Musée Fabre, Operas, Pavillon Populaire

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