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Cité de l'Océan | ©Cité de l'Océan et du Surf/Flickr
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The 5 Best Museums And Galleries In Biarritz

Picture of Oonagh Turner
Updated: 16 December 2016
Biarritz is idyllically situated on the beautiful Bay of Biscay, in the Basque region of southwest France. While its main pull for tourists is to its stunning coastal landscapes and for its top quality weather, the city also benefits from an array of museums and galleries. Here are our favorites.

Asiatica Musée

Perhaps not the obvious choice for enjoying a day out in this luxurious coastal town, the Asiatica art gallery hosts an incredible array of artifacts and artwork from countries such as India, China and Tibet. With a huge amount of history to take in and unique art on display, the exhibitions illuminate the cultures of the Orient. The exhibition is so expansive that it is not uncommon to feel totally transported to the Himalayas or the temples of Kathmandu and forget you’re in the South of France.

Address & telephone number: 1 Rue Guy Petit, +33 5 59 22 78 78

Opening hours: Open every day 2pm – 18.30pm

Planète Musée du Chocolat Biarritz

For those who manage to drag themselves from the stunning coastline, this charming museum is just a short walk from the beach. The museum boasts a detailed exhibition which delves into the history of chocolate throughout the ages and sheds light on the production stage through to its popular consumption. Entrance to the museum also comes with complimentary chocolates as well as a creamy hot chocolate at the end of the tour, which wins over the heart of any chocolate lover.

Address & telephone number: 14 Avenue Beau Rivage, +33 5 59 23 27 72

Opening hours: 10am – 19.00pm

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Photo Courtesy of Planète Musée du Chocolat Biarritz

Musée Historique de Biarritz

This museum is a great choice for those seeking to expand on their general knowledge of the area and is picturesquely located in a a former Anglican church. The exhibition delves into the history of the city and its development as a seaside resort after Napoleon III chose it as his summer residence. The collection summarizes the history of the city all the way through to the modern day, enlightening visitors on its dramatic transformation after World War Two bombing brought the city of Biarritz to its knees. This is definitely a great spot to widen your cultural understanding of the area.

Address & telephone number: Saint Andrew’s – Rue Broquedis, +33 5 59 24 86 28

Opening hours: 10am – 12.30pm and 2 – 18.30

Musée de la Mer de Biarritz

The Museum of the Sea is another spot in Biarritz which makes for a great day out. The museum features 24 aquariums containing more than 150 different species of fish and other colourful and exciting wildlife from the Bay of Biscay and other oceans. There is even a seal pool, offering an underwater viewing platform where visitors can watch the seals being fed every morning, as well as a shark grotto for up-close encounters with these predators. The museum has useful and energetic staff on hand to ensure you’re well informed.

Address & telephone number: Plateau de l’Atalaye, +33 5 59 22 33 34

Opening hours: Open everyday except Mondays from 9.30am – 19.00pm

Cité de l'Océan | ©Cité de l'Océan et du Surf/Flickr

Cité de l’Océan | ©Cité de l’Océan et du Surf/Flickr

Cité de l’Océan

Located on the outskirts of Biarritz, the Cité de l’Océan is an impressive building with contemporary glass walls and a view that aptly looks out to sea. The museum works in conjunction with the city’s aquarium and expands upon the Musee de la Mer’s exhibition with information on science, sea life and marine history. The museum promotes hands-on education and has fun, interactive exhibitions, including a surfing experience and a storm out at sea simulator.

Address & telephone number: 1 Avenue de la Plange, +33 5 59 22 75 40

Opening hours – 10am – 19.00pm