Musée de Faïence

Quimper
Brittany
Museums

Quimper has been associated with the ceramics industry for over 300 years and is the home of some of the finest produced faïence in all of France. Faïences are wonderfully painted pieces of white tin-glazed pottery covered in beautiful designs. With over 500 pieces of ceramic on show, including ancient pottery, and some entirely unique pieces, this museum is a fascinating look into the history of the faïence. View the different painted compositions and scenes inspired by religion, history and daily Breton life as well as abstract designs.

Places to visit nearby

Quimper is a charming city in Brittany which is renowned for its faïence and is situated in a pretty valley where the rivers Odet and Steir meet.

Pont-Aven in Brittany is a picturesque mill town best known for its association with the painter Paul Gauguin.

Huelgoat in Brittany is a secluded village, nestled in the Monts d'Arrée, that is home to the magical Forêt d'Huelgoat where unusual rock formations and fascinating myths and legends abound.

Nearby attractions

Pottery-making began in Locmaria in the 15th century but only took off in earnest with the foundation of HB Henriot's in 1690. The brush strokes of their logo have become synonymous with fine Quimper faïence and their workshop...

The museum of Brittany is housed in what was once the palace of the Bishops of Cornwall. Perfect for anyone interested in the history of this region, the displays include works of ancient art and folk art along with ancient...

This glorious 16th century cathedral is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture that towers over the city. Visible between the narrow streets, the cathedral is Quimper's most recognisable landmark.