The Museum of the Volcanoes

The Museum of the Volcanoes is dedicated to Earth and life sciences (geology, volcanology, ecology, botanic, zoology).

It plants its roots and draws its sap from the Mounts of Cantal, in the heart of a universe marked by the great radical changes of planet and the movements of continents.
You will come away from a visit to the Volcano Museum having found out all about Cantal, largest volcano in Europe, the area’s animals and plants as well as the story of the volcanoes in the Massif Central. This museum (600 m2 of permanent exhibitions, two films, and containing nearly 30,000 collectors’ items) provides details about the largest volcanoes activities in the Massif Central and on planet Earth.
The Museum of the Volcanoes hosts temporary exhibitions, conferences, entertainments, workshops for young public about scientist and naturalist themes.

Covid-19 special services


  • Leisure Center
  • Permanent entertainments organiser
  • Tourist brochures
  • Coach access
  • Guided tours


  • Entertainments room
  • Exhibition space


  • Children's entertainment
  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Temporary exhibition

Spoken Languages

  • French

From 21/06 to 18/09/2020, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

From 23/09 to 14/10/2020, every Wednesday.

From 19/10 to 30/10/2020, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

From 04/11 to 16/12/2020, every Wednesday.

From 21/12/2020 to 01/01/2021, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.

Single ticket also valid for the two museums.
Single ticket giving access to both museums:
Full rate: €5 - Reduced rate: €3.5
Free for all, every first Sunday of the month
Free for children under 18 years old.
Free for everyone frome June 21st to September 18th of 2020.

Château Saint-Etienne
15000 Aurillac

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