Saint-Mathieu Abbey Museum


Why take advantage?

The beautiful ruins at Pointe Saint-Mathieu bear witness to an intense religious life in these parts since ancient times. The Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine Terre is open to visitors all year round. The Abbey Museum contains a wealth of information to help you understand its history.

Saint-Mathieu de Fine Terre Abbey: legendary

With its high cross vaults and Romanesque pillars, first use your senses: the atmosphere here is supernatural! Then come the history: you'll discover that these are the remains of an abbey church built from the 11th century onwards, then remodeled in the 14th and 16th centuries. Until the French Revolution, Benedictine monks prayed, worked and welcomed numerous pilgrims who came to venerate the relic of the apostle Saint-Mathieu. That over the course of time, it has undergone several invasions and many changes, without ever revealing the enigma of its origins: according to legend, Saint-Tanguy founded it as early as the 6th century... Visit the top of the Saint-Mathieu lighthouse and the Musée de l'Abbaye de Saint-Mathieu to admire this monument in all its splendor.

Visit the Abbey Museum

Here you'll discover a historical exhibition on the settlement of the site, monastic life, the abbey's role in history and the watchtower role once played by the monks. Photos and models detail the architecture of the Gothic building. A 17-minute film, "Saint-Mathieu, l'abbaye du bout du monde", is also presented. In season, guided tours and events are organized by the "Les Amis de Saint-Mathieu" association.

Theme(s) : Abbey - Chapel - Archaeology - History

Main services

  • Accessible PMR
  • Groups accepted
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Main services

  • Accessible PMR
  • Groups accepted


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The situation:
  • By the sea
Ideal for : Heritage, Rainy weather, Two people, Friends, Children
Suitable for : educate myself


Visit to Saint Mathieu lighthouse+abbey museum: 12 years and over: 4.00€, from 5 to 11 years old : 2€
Pass 2 phares d'Iroise (Saint-Mathieu+musée de l'abbaye & Trézien) : 12 ans et + : 6,50€, from 5 to 11 years old : 4€
Pass 3 phares St Mathieu+musée de l'abbaye, Trézien, Kermorvan : 10 € 12 ans et + et 5 € de 5 à 11 ans
Pass 1 phare+musée de l'abbaye avec le Fort de Bertheaume : 12 et + : 5.50 € ; and from 5 to 11 years 3 €.

Opening hours

Spring vacations: April 9 to May 8, open 7 days a week, 2pm to 6:30pm
May: May 7 and 8; May 14 and 15; May 21 and 22 and May 26 to 29, 2pm to 6:30pm
June 1st to 30th: 6 days a week, 2pm to 6:30pm (closed Tuesdays)
July 1 to August 31: 7 days a week, 10:30am to 7:30pm
September 1st to 30th: 6 days a week, 2pm to 6:30pm (closed Tuesdays). European Heritage Days: open from 2 pm to 6:30 pm.
All Saints' Day vacations from October 22 to November 6: 2 pm to 6 pm + 11, 12 and 13: 2 pm to 5:30 pm
Christmas vacations from December 17 to January 2: 6 days a week (closed on 12/25 and 1/01) from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.
Group visits: possible all year round by prior arrangement. 02 98 89 00 17 or


Saint-Mathieu Abbey Museum

Pointe Saint-Mathieu 2 rue des moines
29217 Plougonvelin
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