France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Museums in Arles, France
Arles has long been associated with art and has a number of excellent museums.




Vincent Van Gogh lived in Arles from 1888-1889, inspired by the beautiful Provençal light. He did some of his most famous paintings while in Arles, and a walking tour takes the visitor by the sites of some of his paintings. The Tourist Information Office can provide maps.

You can also visit the Espace Van Gogh, site of the former hospital where Van Gogh went after he cut off his ear. Today it is mostly boutiques.

The Musée Réattu is near the Rhône, not far from the Baths of Constantine. Jacques Réattu (1760-1833), a painter who was born and lived in Arles, won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1791. The museum contains many of Réattu's works, other 16th to 18th century European paintings, a large photography collection, and drawings by Pablo Picasso.

The Arlaten Museum focuses on ethnography and Provençal traditions. Founded by Frédéric Mistral in the 19th century, it has recently undergone extensive renovations.

The Musée Départemental Arles Antique, a modern building overlooking the Rhône, has a large collection of Roman ruins and other artifacts dating from prehistoric times to the 6th century. A wonderful collection of sarcophagi includes both Roman and later Christian examples. It's a great way to get a look at the fascinating history of this area.

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Musée Réattu, Arles, France

Above, Bright doorway of the Musée Réattu, Arles.

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