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Musée National des Douanes

Stately museum with art & artifacts related to the nation's history of managing imported goods.

1 Pl. de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux, France
📞 +33 9 70 27 57 66


  • Wheelchair-accessible entrance
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilet


  • Gender-neutral toilets
  • Good for kids
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant

The Musée National des Douanes in Bordeaux, France is a museum dedicated to the history of French customs and finance. It offers an interesting insight into the country's past, with a variety of exhibitions and displays.

The museum is housed in the former customs house of Bordeaux, a historic building that dates back to the 18th century. Visitors can explore the building's original architecture and learn about the role of customs in France's history.

The museum features a variety of exhibitions. These include displays on the history of French customs and finance, as well as the impact of the French Revolution on the country's customs system. There is also a special exhibition on the history of smuggling in France.

The museum also has a number of interactive displays, such as a virtual tour of the museum and a 3D representation of the customs house. Visitors can also take part in workshops and activities related to the history of customs.

The Musée National des Douanes is also home to a number of artworks, including paintings and sculptures. These works include the famous painting of the 'Débarquement des Douaniers' by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.

The Musée National des Douanes is a great place to visit for those interested in learning about the history of French customs and finance. With its variety of exhibitions and interactive displays, it is a great place to explore and discover more about this fascinating topic.


355 reviews
5 stars

A very interesting museum with a rich content. I have always been wondering what is inside those buildings around la Place de la bourse. Totally worth visiting. I must mention the lovely staff working there wearing the douane uniform, I loved it !

5 stars

When in Bordeaux and you want something a little different (and the musee de l’imprimerie that I really wanted to visit is closed) then go and visit the French customs and excise museum. Spoiler alert this isn’t the most interactive of museum and everything is in French, however you get a warm welcome (unusual from a French customs officer haha) and you can spend an interesting hour in a lovely building reading about stuff you don’t know like when English goods were blocked from entering France after the Trafalgar victory. Be sure to see the painting by Claude Monet, Cabane des Douaniers.

4 stars

Interesting museum telling the story about protectionism and free trade and the challenges of counterfeiting and drug smuggling! And only 3 Euros entry fee. Clean toilets too!