France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Aix-en-Provence Museums, France
Aix museums offer a variety of experiences for visitors.

  Pavillon de Vendome, Aix en Provence
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Here are some of the museums of Aix-en-Provence:

Cézanne's Studio

Not a typical museum, Cézanne's Studio provides a glimpse into the life and work of the artist from 1902 until his death in 1906. More...

Old Aix Museum

These collections reflect the traditions and history of Aix. Exhibits include furniture, "santons" (small terracotta nativity figures, a specialty of Provence), costumes, paintings, puppets, and pottery. It is located in the Hôtel d'Estienne de Saint-Jean. More...

Tapestry Museum

Housed in the elegant former Palace of the Archbishops (map), the Tapestry Museum contains tapesties from the 17th and 18th centuries. One tapestry is the only example in the world of the story of Don Quixote. It also has some contemporary textiles and hosts exhibits of modern art. The entrance to the Palace is lovely:

Archbishop's Palace, Aix-en-Provence, France


Granet Museum

This museum's collections include archaeology and fine arts. Its collection includes works from the 16th to the 20th centuries, and in the past 25 years it has acquired eight paintings by Cézanne. The museum is in the old Priory of the Knights of Malta, about a ten minute walk from La Rotonde (map).

Fondation Vasarely

This untr-modern installation, opened in 1996, is the creation of Hungarian-born artist Victor Vasarely. Its focus is contemporary art, displayed in a modular building that can be adapted to fit the exhibit. The museum is in the Jas de Bouffan area, where Paul Cézanne's family home is. This is fitting since Vasarely was a great fan of Cézanne.

Pavillon de Vendôme

The Pavillon de Vendôme, a 17th century mansion built by the Duke of Vendôme to have a place to go with his lover, has been a museum since it was donated to the city of Aix-en-Provence in the mid 20th century. It houses a portrait collection and temporary exhibitions and has beautiful gardens at the back.

Architecture in Aix

Aix-en-Provence can keep museum goers happy for quite a while, with a great variety of exhibitions and collections. In addition to the art in museums, the architecture of the city is a living museum in itself, with beautiful buildings, fountains, and decorated doorways and gates.

Maison de Nostradamus

Located in the nearby town of Salon-en-Provence, the former home of Nostradamus, author of Prophecies (1555), is a museum devoted to his life. More...

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Santons, Aix en Provence

Above, Santons on display at the Musée du Vieil Aix.

Below, Cézanne's Studio, Aix-en-Provence.


Cezanne's Studio, Aix-en-Provence, France

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