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Vaucluse Museums

Amusements and things to do in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the South of France.

Avignon Museums  -  Vaucluse (84)

Angladon Museum

A rich art collection with some of the most prestigious signatures, in the private home of the art lovers who inherited them.

Location: 5 rue Laboureur; 1 block east, half north of Lapidaire Museum

Open: Wed-Sun, 13h-18h; Summer 13h-19h

Entry: 6 euros; 7-12: 1.5€; under 7 free

Tel: 0490 822 903; Fax: 0490 857 807


The 19th-century and 20th-century collections are on the ground floor. The older collections, displayed in the original family rooms on the upper floor. There's a large staircase and no elevator.

Calvet Museum - Musée Calvet

A small 18th-century mansion, with classical and modern art, Greek sculpture and a local prehistorical collection.

Location: 65 Rue Joseph Vernet; 3 blocks west, 3-4 south south of Place de l'Horloge

Open: 10h à 13h, 14h à 18h - Closed Tuesday

Entry: Musée Calvet, Beaux-Arts 6 €
Musée Calvet, Collection archéologique 2 €

Tel: 0490 863 384


Entry for Calvet Museum and Lapidaire Museum: 7 €

Lapidaire Museum - Musée Lapidaire

Located in the chapel of the 17th-century Jesuit College. Contains stone carvings and sculptures from the different civilizations, including a "bestiary", and extensive Roman artifacts.
   Two ancient Provencal items we liked were: The Lion of Mornas, a monster animal crouched over a severed head, found in the village of Mornas; and the flesh-eating monster called the Tarasque de Noves, from the village of Noves (about 20 km northeast of Tarascon, known for its Tarasque monster.

Location: Chapelle des Jésuites, 27 Rue de la République; 2 blocks east, 1 south of the Calvet museum; 3-4 blocks south of Place de l'Horloge

Open: 10h à 13h et de 14h à 18h - Closed Monday

Tel: 0490 847 538


Louis Vouland Museum - Musée

Decorative arts, especially for 18th-century French furnishings, porcelain and faience and tapestries.

Petit Palais Museum

This museum and art gallery is in the beautiful 14th-century "Small Palace", just north of (and named "petit" to distinguish it from) the the Pope's Palace. It has a great collection of Renaissance paintings, of the Avignon school and from Italy.

Location: Palais des archevêques, Place du Palais des Papes

Open: Daily, except Tuesday: 10h-13h, 14h-18h

Closed: 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec

Entry: 6 €

Tel: 0490 864 458


Requien Museum - Musée Requien

This is a small and very nicely presented Geological and Natural History museum, with many of the displays keyed to the natural and geological history of Provence.

Location: 67 Rue Joseph Vernet; Beside (south of) the Calvet Museum

Tel: 0490 824 351


Théodore Aubanel Museum - Musée Théodore Aubanel

Le musée Aubanel de l'imprimerie, aujourd'hui fermé, se tenait dans l'ancien hôtel particulier de la famille de Théodore Aubanel, la Maison Aubanel, située dans une impasse de la place Saint-Pierre, à Avignon. Il fut créé en 1948 et fermé au début des années 2000. Printing implements and methods, and rare editions and documents about Avignon from the 13th to 20th centuries.

Cabrières-d'Avignon  -  Vaucluse (84220)

Lavender Museum

This fine musuem provides complete information about lavender, including its history, growth and the products made from it.
Machinery used in lavender distillation and production are described in English and French
The museum has a small cinema and shows a number of films about lavender. There's also, of course, a shop for purchasing lavender-based products.

Location: Rte de Gordes ; Cabrières d'Avignon ; 84220 Coustellet

Open: 7 days, including holidays:
Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec: 9h-12h30, 14h-18h
Apr, May, Sept: 9h-13h, 14h-18h
June, July, Aug: 9h-19h

Closed: January; 25 December

Entry: 6 €; under 15 free (for 2008, 2009)

Tel: 0490 769 123


Cavaillon  -  Vaucluse (84300)

Creche Provencal Museum - Musée de la Crèche Provençal

Location: 1713 route de Robion - (Les Taillades)

Tel: 0490 712 597; Fax: 0490 714 746

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse  -  Vaucluse (84800)

Santon Museum - Le Musée du Santon

Over 2000 santons on display, in provencal villages, and 39 of them in walnut shells.

Location: Place de la colonne

Open: Daily, 10h-18h

Tel: 0490 202 083; Fax: 0490 22 36 62



L' Isle-sur-la-Sorgue  -  Vaucluse (84800)

Toy and Old Dolls Museum - Musée du Jouet & de la Poupée Ancienne

Around a 100 old dolls and toys from 1880 - 1920. A private collection in excellent condition and in a nice setting.

Location: 26 Rue Carnot (centre-ville)

Open: 10h30 - 17h, Tue - Sun. Closed Monday

Entry: 3.50 € (2017)

Tel: 0490 209 731, or 0615 154 126; Fax: 0490 209 731


Mormoiron  -  Vaucluse (84570)

Mechanical Music Museum - Musée de la Musique Mecanique

Location: Route de Carpentras

Open: Summer: daily; Winter: Sundays; Hours: 15h-19h

Tel: 0490 617 591


Senanque Abbey (Abbaye de Senanque)  -  Vaucluse (84220)

Senanque Abbey Information

Open: Visits begin: mornings 10h30 (except Jan, Nov-Dec); earlier June-Aug
afternoons: 14h30 - 16h30 [Check their website for details]

Closed: 5-18 Jan; 20 Nov; 25 Dec.

Entry: 7 €, guided only.

Tel: 0490 720 572; Fax: 0811 382 296



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