|Museums in Avignon, France
|There are lots of museums, with a range of offerings.
Avignon is rich in museums, and you'll have a great many to choose from.
The Petit Palais Museum is just down the square from the Palais des Papes. Its rich collection includes Italian and Provençal paintings from the 13th through the 16th centuries, as well as examples of Avignon sculptures.
The nearby Place de l'Horloge is where you'll find the Jean Vilar House. This is the place to go if you want information on the history of the Avignon Festival, created in 1947.
At the southern end of the Place de l'Horloge is the Palais du Roure, focused on ethnographic, archaeological, and Provençal local arts and traditions.
There are several museums near the Tourist Information Office. The Archaeology Museum (Musée Lapidaire, part of the Calvet Museum) offers Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Paleo-Christian works of art, including funerary stela, statues, and vases.
The nearby Angladon Museum was a private home, now a museum focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. Its collection includes works by Degas Manet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso, and more.
If you're interested in contemporary art, the Collection Lambert in Avignon is for you. Also near the Tourist Information Office, it includes conceptual art, video, and photography. It also hosts three significant temporary exhibitions each year.
Next door to each other on the Rue Joseph Vernet are the Requien Museum (free admission), a natural history museum; and the Calvet Museum, with fine arts from the 15th to the 20th century. The Calvet Museum is in a beautiful 18th century hôtel particulier.
For decorative arts, head toward the ramparts and the Porte St-Dominique and visit the Louis Vouland Museum.
Many of these museums are included on the Avignon Pass, which you can get at theTourist Information Office.
And of course, don't forget the most outstanding museum in Avignon—the Palais des Papes!