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).
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
Tel: 0490 863 384
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
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
Roure Palace Museum
A 15th-century hotel particulier on an enclosed cobblestone courtyard, with period furnished rooms and art museum. Frédéric Mistral was a frequent visitor.
Location: 3, Rue du Collège of the Roure — a small street by the southwest corner of the Place de l'Horloge.;
Open: All year, Tue-Sat; 10h-13h, 14h-18h.
Closed: Sun-Mon, holidays
Tel: 0413 605 001