Avignon Museums - Vaucluse (84)
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
In the 18th-century hotel particulier, Hotel de Caumont, with four floors of exhibition rooms (including a low attic room).
Location: 5 Rue Violette
Open: July-Aug, daily 11h-19h; Sept-June, Tue-Sun 11h-18h.
Closed: Sept-June closed Mon; also 1 May, 25 Dec, 1 Jan.
Entry: 8 euros (2019)
Tel: 0490 165 620
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
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)
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