Toulouse 05

Toulouse Episode 05 Museums (from woad to outer space)

9 museums, 9 reasons why Toulouse is well known

The story of Toulouse’s museums tells us what has been most important in shaping the city. We visit 9 institutions, starting with Terre de Pastel where you can discover how woad brought fabulous wealth to 15th century Toulouse and ending at La Cité de l’Espace which celebrates the city’s massive contribution to space travel. Along the way you’ll hear how a love-stuck Genoese soldier brought the first violets to Toulouse, how the pilot of the earliest night mail flights to South America turned novelist and wrote about his adventures and how the work of monks caring for medieval pilgrims led to today’s renowned Oncopole cancer research centre.