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Avignon Museums

Avignon has several good museums, including artwork, ancient artifacts and natural history. The Petit Palace museum is in the northern part of town near the Pope's Palace. The others are further south, nearer to the Avignon tourist office, and all are within easy walking distance of each other (as shown on this map).

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Angladon Museum

Caricature of Jacques Doucet by Leonetto
  • 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
  • Web: www.angladon.com/
  • 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

Greek sculpture
  • 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
  • Web: www.musee-calvet-avignon.com
  • Entry for Calvet Museum and Lapidaire Museum: 7 €

Lapidaire Museum - Musée Lapidaire

The Lion of Mornas
  • 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
  • Web: www.musee-calvet-avignon.com

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
  • Web: www.petit-palais.org/

Requien Museum - Musée Requien

Tryannosaurus Rex head in the 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
  • Web: www.museum-requien.org

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