|Aix-en-Provence Museums, France|
|Aix museums offer a variety of experiences for visitors.|
Here are some of the museums of Aix-en-Provence:
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.
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.
Housed in the elegant former Palace of the Archbishops, 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:
Natural History Museum
This museum is worth a visit just to enjoy the wonderful architecture of the17th century Hôtel Boyer d'Éguilles. It has a large collection of dinosaur fossils from the area of Mont Sainte-Victoire, as well as other fossils from the region.
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...
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.
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.