Historic site and monument
in Brioude

Le Doyenné

Exhibition Hans Hartung (1904-1981)
“A salutary freedom”
From July 05 – October 13, 2024
Le Doyenné, a heritage setting for contemporary art, witness to the rich historical past of Brioude.
This building was the residence of the dean, one of the 3 dignitaries of the chapter of canons of Brioude. The Doyenné, a veritable fortress, remained for a long time in the hands of the Mercoeur family. In 1282, an agreement was signed between the Mercoeur and the chapter; thus the new dean, Gaucelin de La Garde, from a family of knights of Gévaudan, began the work of restoring the building which was badly degraded. Thanks to dendrochronology (from wood, a precise dating method) it turns out that the emblazoned ceiling could not have been started before 1297/1298: extremely rare heraldic decoration, carved and painted wood where hunting scenes and fantastic bestiary mingle .
With the Revolution of 1789 and the disappearance of the chapter of canons, the building was sold as national property and it experienced various fortunes during the 1875th century: this is how the municipal council proposed to sell it in XNUMX. , fortunately, rejected.
During the XNUMXth century, the building was occupied by the Caisse d'Epargne, then by the media library and the Tourist Office. However, the upstairs rooms were closed for security reasons.
Since 2016, quality restoration has made it possible to assign this building to a cultural function, there are now 5 modern and contemporary art exhibition rooms that welcome visitors.
We speak French


  • Historical patrimony
  • Maison


Minimum group size: 10 person(s)

Individual visit services

  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visit services

  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours from July 05 to October 13, 2024
MondayOpen from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
TuesdayOpen from 10 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 10 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 10 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
FridayOpen from 10 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 10 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
SundayOpen from 10 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
open every day except Monday morning
June July August
Monday: 14 p.m. – 18:30 p.m.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 18:30 p.m.

September October
Monday 14 p.m. – 18:30 p.m.
Tuesday to Sunday:
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. // 13:30 p.m. – 18 p.m.





  • Elevator
  • Toilets
  • Show room
  • Parking nearby


  • Shop
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Temporary exhibitions

Home animals

Pets are not accepted

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On the spot…


Lafayette Square
43100 Brioude
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