The Borda Museum was born in 1807, when the city bought the cabinet of curiosities of collector Jacques-François de Borda d'Oro. The name of the museum also pays homage to his nephew, Chevalier Jean-Charles de Borda, a mathematician and physicist of the Enlightenment. month. The diversity and richness of the collections makes it a unique museum: archaeology, paleontology, science, fine arts, ethnography... A large part of these collections comes from archaeological excavations carried out in the region. Around the exhibitions are organized workshops, conferences and entertainment for all. The Borda museum has been located since 2006 in the Carmelite chapel, a historic site built in 1523 which notably served as a prison for women during the Terror after the French Revolution.
The previous exhibitions organized at the Borda museum have dealt with various and varied subjects such as hydrotherapy in Dax, the local painter Mondineu, the diet of the Romans... The subjects covered are always original and fascinating. The 2020 exhibition is called "Les below the pennies”. It features coins and treasures dating from the 3rd century BC to the 15th century AD. These precious objects recounting 1800 years of history were found in the Landes and the Adour basin. The Borda museum also organizes guided tours of an archaeological crypt, rediscovered in 1978 during works. This contains the foundations of a Roman civil basilica. Located in the forum, it housed businesses as well as financial and judicial activities.
The Borda museum is open from the beginning of February to the end of December, from Tuesday to Saturday, but only in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours take place from September to June on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and the first Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. In July and August, they also take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. The price is only €2.70. Coupled with the archaeological crypt the price is €4.50. Minors and students do not pay admission. The Borda Museum is also free on the first Sunday of the month. It is located rue des Carmes in the city center of Dax. Dax is 78km south of the 4-star Landes Bleues campsite in Aureilhan. Allow an hour's drive. The visit to the Borda Museum will be appreciated by adults and children, curious and passionate about art and history. It can be combined with other sites in Dax, such as the hot fountain, the arenas, Notre-Dame cathedral, Le Splendid hotel or the Gallo-Roman ramparts.