In such a historical town, it’s no surprise that museums left and right exist. Aboard the Little Train tour that we took the same day as when we visited Pic du Jer, we also visited 3 of the many museums in Lourdes.
Musée de Lourdes
Museum of Lourdes is a wax museum depicting life in Lourdes the same time as when the apparitions happened in 1858. You may learn about various trades, visit shops and basically, experience what it must’ve been like during such a remarkable year that made Lourdes famous now.
Musée de cire de Lourdes
Cire directly translates to “wax”, and yes, it is another wax museum in Lourdes. A top tourist attraction with at least 2 million visitors since it opened is just a few minutes walk from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Luckily, this museum was, at most, 5 establishments away from the hotel where we were staying, so we visited this last as we didn’t need to ride the Little Train again.
Musée de cire differs from Musée de Lourdes as it focuses more on the religious side of things. At least 18 scenes are shown inside depicting stories of Jesus, most of which relates to the Stations of the Cross, and life of St. Bernadette, as well as other famous religious figures such as Pope John Paul II meeting Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Le Petit Lourdes
The Little Lourdes is a small compound of miniature figures of the town where St. Bernadette lived. It includes a depiction of when Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to her in the Massabielle rock which is, what is now, the grotto in the Sanctuary. It also has an indoor display of a sized-down Sanctuary from decades back which includes the baths and the grotto. It also houses ancient photos of St. Bernadette and the Sanctuary, itself.
Each of these museums can be visited within 1 day and to save euros, it is best to take the Little Train tour as it offers different packages with the inclusion of entry passes to a combination of museums and other tourist destinations. You may learn more here.