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Capc Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux

7 Rue Ferrère
Tel: 33 5 56 00 81 50's insider take:

One of the city's truly essential sights—as much for its collection as for the space itself. Converted from a monumental, dark-stone warehouse built in 1824 to hold imports from France's Caribbean colonies, the museum, which has a massive, dramatically lit main room with three tiers of arcades running along its four sides, competes for your attention with whatever is on display. The other galleries are more conventional: white-walled with wood ceilings and concrete floors. The permanent collection contains a number of installations and murals by Richard Long and an uncharacteristic series of early pastoral triptychs by Gilbert and George. Exhibits change regularly. The building is also home to the Arc en Rêve architecture museum (

Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

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