11 museums you may not have heard of

From the poster museum in Toulouse, to the glove museum in Millau, and not one but two tiny museums, Samantha David checks out some of the quirkier educational and informative venues in France

The Poster Museum in Toulouse has just re-opened after two years during which the museum was modernised, enlarged and brought up to current health and safety standards. Now re-baptised MATOU, it is a natural home for many examples of Toulouse-Lautrec's work. Among a collection of 20,000 advertising posters, it boasts 14 of his original works. 

The opening exhibition (which runs until August 27) highlights the work of Roger Broders who, between the wars, designed posters for the SNCF enticing people to travel from Paris and Lyon down to the south coast. "We have been very pleased with the opening, and had nearly 2,000 visitors in just three hours on the Nuit des Musées," said the museum's director, Sonia Gaja. "So we're very optimistic for the future." 

The museum plans to hold a sale of vintage postcards, posters and fliers as part of the Journées du Patrimoine on September 16-17. "We expect a lot of collectors, who obviously will be looking for a bargain, but we hope they'll also enjoy visiting the new museum and having the opportunity to enjoy meeting and networking with like minds." 

MATOU is then participating in the Mister Freeze graffiti and street art festival from September 30 to October 8. "There isn't a Poster Festival in Toulouse yet," said Ms Gaja, "but who knows what the future will bring!" 

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