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Var Museums

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

Aups  -  Var (83630)

Faykod Sculpture Park - Musée de Faykod

Location: Route de Tourtour

Web: www.musee-de-faykod.com

Brignoles  -  Var (83170)

Brignolais Region Museum - Musée du pays Brignolais

A museum showing the history and life of the Brignoles area, with contents given by inhabitants of the region. The museum's chief exhibit is the Bayole tombstone, from the end of the 2nd century. The museum is nicely cluttered and interesting inside

Location: Place des Comtes de Provence, the 12th-c Chateau of the Counts of Provence

Open: Apr-Sept: Wed-Sat 9h-12h, 14h30-18h; Sun 9h-12h, 15h-18h
Oct-Mar: Wed-Sat 10h-12h, 14h30-17h; Sun 10h-12h, 15h-17h

Entry: 10€ (membership in the association)

Tel: 0494 694 518; Fax: 0494 694 518

Email: contact@museebrignolais.com

Web: www.museebrignolais.com/

Cogolin  -  Var (83310)

Raimu Museum - Musée Raimu

Follows the career of actor Raimu (aka Jules Auguste César Muraire), including the films Marius, La Femme du Boulanger, L'Homme au Chapeau Rond, Les Gaités de l'Escadron, and displays his César award. A part of the museum is also dedicated to the French film writer Jean Nohain.

Location: Espace Raimu; 18 Ave Georges Clémenceau

Open: 10h-12h, 15h-18h; July-Aug: 10h-12h, 16-19h

Closed: Sun mornings; Tue (except school vacations)

Entry: 3.5 €

Tel: 0494 541 800; Fax: 0494 544 324

Email: museeraimu@yahoo.fr

Web: musee-raimu.com

Templars Museum - Musée Templier

Association Empreintes et Traditions Maures et Provence.
Presents the Provencal history of the Knights Templars.

Location: 5, rue Edgar Quinet (now Rue Saint Exupéry)

Open: Wed-Mon 15h-18h; Jun-Aug 10h-12h, 17h-20h.

Closed: Tue, holidays

Tel: 0494 548 042, or 0494 949 018

Gonfaron (Village de tortues)  -  Var (83590)

Cork Museum - Eco-Musée du Liège de Gonfaron

This Cork Museum has information about the cork oak tree, and a partially reconstructed old cork factory.

Location: Gonfaron in on the N97, 10 km northeast of Carnoules

Open: all year; hours: 9-12, 14-19; closed Mondays

Tel: 0494 782 565; Fax: 0494 78 25 99

Grimaud  -  Var (83310)

Musée des Arts et traditions populaires

Location: on the main D558 road along the bottom edge of the village (the same road as the Office de Tourisme).

Open: afternoons 7 days a week: 14h00 - 17h30 from Monday to Saturday, and 14h00-17h00 Sundays and holidays.

Entry: Free

Tel: 0494 554 383, or 0494 944 929

This nice little museum of ancient trades and traditions shows some local, rural industries, and depicts an olive-oil mill, a cork (bouchon) maker and a village appartment from the 19th century.

Hyères  -  Var (83400)

Villa Noailles

Location: Forum du casino - 3, av Ambroise Thomas; BP 721, 83400 Hyeres

Open: 7 July - 26 Sept, 14h-19h; Fridays open only 16h-22h

Closed: Tue, Holidays

Tel: 0498 080 198

Web: www.villanoailles-hyeres.com

Pierrefeu-du-Var  -  Var (83390)

Chateau de l'Aumerade Santon Museum - Musée du Santon Santon

Chateau de l'Aumerade winery has a Santon Museum with 1800 santons, a private collection of M. Henri Fabre, the owner of the Chateau.

Location: Route de Puget-Ville

Open: All year, 8h30-12h30, 13h30-17h30 (winter), -18h00 summer, -19h00 July-Aug.

Tel: 0494 282 031

Web: www.aumerade.com

Saint Raphaël  -  Var (83700)

Museum of Prehistory and Underwater Archaeology

Located in the presbytery of the former San Raféu church. It houses local heritage collections. The great prehistoric periods are represented by rare objects fouond in recent excavations. The museum also has a large collecion of antique amphora and furnisings discovered during underwater excavations.

Location: Place de la Vieille Eglise

Open: Tue-Sat, 9h-12h30, 14h-17h30

Closed: November; bank holidays

Tel: 0494 192 575

Thoronet Abbey  -  Var (83340)

Thoronet Abbey Information

Open: Apr - Sept: 10h-18h30 (Sundays 10h-12h, 14h-18h30)
Oct - Mar: 10h-13h, 14h-17h (Sundays 10h12h, 14h-17h)

Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Nov 1, Nov 11, Dec 25.

Entry: 7 € unaccompagnied or guided.

Tel: 0494 604 390; Fax: 04 94 60 43 94

Web: thoronet.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

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