GOING TO THE MUSEUM
The large number of local museums further confirms Montpellier's position as a cultural city. The best known is the Fabre museum, which combines history with modernism both in its permanent collections and temporary collections. Fabre museum also presents or organizes major exhibitions, including the Impressionists, Courbet and Cabanel, just to name a few, in collaboration with the world's greatest museums, and international organizations such as FRAME.
Just south of town, the Lattara archaeological museum takes visitors back in time to discover ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Displayed objects include jewels, statues and glass objects found during digs at the Lattes site (called Lattara in Roman times) as well as other parts of the region's lagoon areas.
GOING TO THE MULTIMEDIA LIBRARY
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole's network of multimedia libraries, with branches all around the territory, encourages people to keep a curious and open mind. These libraries offer books, newspapers, magazines, video cassettes, CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, software, board games, interactive games and Internet access.
With the flagship Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Central library, actually comprised of two major facilities -- the Emile Zola and Frederico Fellini libraries, the network offers nine libraries in local neighborhoods and nearby cities. Two additional libraries are currently in the planning phase, to continue keeping culture within residents' reach.
The Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area benefits from two high-level artistic schools. The Regional Conservatory teaches music, dance and dramatic arts. The higher school of fine arts ("Beaux Arts") prepares students for a bachelor-equivalent degree in fine arts.