Chapter 2: Feel like exploring the local heritage

By « Agenda Culturel Bordeaux et Alentours » (Upcoming cultural events in and near Bordeaux)

Boasting more than 36,000 members, ‘Agenda Culturel Bordeaux et Alentours’ is a group run by a bunch of people passionate about their city, but also about all kinds of cultural events. Museums, exhibitions, concert halls… The community provides its members with a host of addresses, but recommends five not-to-be-missed places.

LE GRAND THÉÂTRE | Place de la Comédie

Erected at the end of the 18th century in the neoclassical style, this building is renowned for the splendor of its facade. The interior too is a feast for the eye, starting with an awe-inspiring staircase. Guided tours allow visitors to discover the hidden aspects and history of this iconic place. The stage, which occupies a third of the building’s surface, provides a perfect backdrop for operas, ballets and live performances. The theater’s state-of-the-art technologies make it possible to create outstanding sound effects.

DARWIN | 87 Quai des Queyries

Located on the right bank of the Garonne River, these former military barracks stretching over about 20,000 sq. m have become one of the most sought-after alternative venues in the city of Bordeaux. Inside these ecologically renovated buildings, Darwin dedicates its activity to economic cooperation, the ecological transition and social entrepreneurship: shared offices, social retail concepts, spaces for the expression of graffiti artists, skatepark, yacht club, urban farm, repair center…

CAP SCIENCES | Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan

Located along the Garonne River, Cap Sciences is the meeting point for the curious people of all ages! This place of learning is home to a number of interactive exhibitions and events relating to science. Gatherings, conferences and guided tours are also on the menu. The Café des sciences gives you the opportunity to sit down on its spectacular suspended terrace and enjoy a breathtaking view over the Port de la Lune!

MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS AND DESIGN | 39 Rue Bouffard

An emblem of Bordeaux, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is housed within the Hôtel de Lalande, a private mansion dating back to 1779. In the wood-paneled salons with parquet flooring, you’ll discover a large collection of objects of decorative art from France, and chiefly from the Bordeaux region, dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries: ceramics, musical instruments, marble fireplaces, daily-use objects, glassware, and so on. A museum of stunning beauty.

LA CITÉ DU VIN | Esplanade de Pontac, 134 Quai de Bacalan

Entirely devoted to wine culture, La Cité du Vin takes its visitors onto an exciting journey throughout the ages, cultures and civilizations of the whole world. The museum conveys perfectly the importance of wine culture in a region like Bordeaux! With its temporary exhibitions, its shows and workshops, this is the ideal place to learn about wine. To top it all, you can end your visit by enjoying a glass of wine of the world on the belvedere, with an all-round view of the city!