Acclaimed Art Galleries of Avignon, Avignon (Self Guided)

The South of France is famous for its art. A wide variety of art galleries can be found exploring the streets of Avignon. Some display modern paintings and others specialize in antiques and old works. Avignon is a paradise for the art lover. The following tour will show you some of the city's best art galleries.
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Acclaimed Art Galleries of Avignon Map

Guide Name: Acclaimed Art Galleries of Avignon
Guide Location: France » Avignon (See other walking tours in Avignon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Author: irenes
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Atelier d’Artistes

1) Atelier d’Artistes

The Artists Workshop, on Place Crillon, is a new association opened to the public in 2004, located in a room facing the prestigious Hotel de l'Europe. It is dedicated to developing cultural and artistic awareness through educational workshops. It brings together artists and designers who share studios, with a display area to exhibit their work and other contemporary artists. Hosting is provided by the six founding members, who are all professional artists. The association is open to all areas of contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, and more. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, works by Leo Kouper, Cai Yi Jun, Claude Audebert Kowalckzuk, Bernard Giraudi and Thierry Carliez have been displayed here.
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Galerie Ducastel

2) Galerie Ducastel

Galerie Ducastel, created in 1962 by Philippe Ducastel and his wife Madeleine, is located in the heart of Provence, near the Palace of the Popes and St. Benezet Bridge, opposite the famous Hotel l’Europe and the ancient city walls. Overlooking Place Crillon, its facade is adorned with bas-reliefs, as well as the remains of a 17th century theater.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 12:30 pm; 3 pm - 7 pm
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Galerie Roland Charton

3) Galerie Roland Charton

This beautiful vaulted gallery, located on Rue Saint-Agricola, near Place de l'Horloge has been featuring the works of international artists for nearly 30 years. Also known as Le Petit Louvre, it features paintings by renowned artists, such as Persia Alfred, Ernest Audibert, Bernard Delheure, Juan Benito, Roger Keiflin, Serge Demarchi, Ludivine Corominas, Guy Fontdeville, Liliane Proux, Yuichi Ono, Jean Michel Cavalli and more. Great sculptures by Jacques Le Nantec, Lara, Valerius, Christine Remy, Chamant-Debenest Christiane and many others. Some pieces are for sale there.

Operation hours: Monday: 2:30 pm – 7 pm; Tuesday - Friday: 10:30 am – 7 pm
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Fondation et Musee Calvet

4) Fondation et Musee Calvet (must see)

La Fondation Calvet is an art foundation named after Esprit Calvet, who left his collection and library to it in 1810. The foundation, museum and library are state supported. Original paintings, archaeological items, coins, medals and medieval sculptures have been added to its collection, as well as a significant amount of works of art from the Louvre. The archaeological collection and medieval sculptures are now housed separately in Musée Lapidaire, once the chapel of the Jesuit College. The main museum is in an 18th century city mansion, to which modern buildings have been added. The library bequeathed by Calvet, and the collection of over 12,000 coins and medals have been moved to a different location in the city.

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Lionel le Jeune

5) Lionel le Jeune

Lionel le Jeune is distinguished by his oil compositions depicting the anonymity of the urban world. He seeks to identify, moving behind the appearances of the sensible world, the continued existence of an intelligible order, reminiscent of the work of his influences Edward Hopper, De Chirico and Balthus. Le Jeune prolongs his unique talent to bear on his keen eye for an environment that reaches beyond the reality of appearances. His paintings are found in many private collections in Europe and worldwide.
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Collection Y. Lambert

6) Collection Y. Lambert (must see)

One of Avignon’s newest art and cultural museums is Collection Y. Lambert. Opened 10 years ago celebrating "Avignon - European Cultural Capital," it is housed in an 18th century mansion. It contains over 1,200 works from the 1960s. Among its varied collection you will see artists such as Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra, Niele Toroni, Richard Tuttle and Lawrence Weiner. A large number of special exhibitions are hosted each year and there is no admission fee. The museum also includes a bookshop as well as a restaurant.

Operation hours: September - June: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm; July - August: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
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Musee Angladon-Dubrujeaud

7) Musee Angladon-Dubrujeaud (must see)

A relatively young museum in Avignon, Musee Angladon-Dubrujeaud opened its doors in 1996. A private museum created by Jean and Paulette Angladon-Dubrujeaud, descendants of acclaimed art collector and couturier Jacques Doucet, they have donated their family inheritance and home. Mostly rare art objects are on display here, including works of Picasso, Braque, Max Jacob, Marcel Duchamp, Guillaume Apollinaire, Cézanne, Sisley, Derain, Degas and Modigliani. 16th century Buddha statues, Louis XVI chairs, terracotta Danseuse and a series of portraits by Hubert Robert, Joseph Vernet, Sir Thomas Lawrence are also proudly exhibited here.

Opening hours: From April 1st to September 30th, Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
From October 1st to March 31st, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.
Closed on December 25th and all January long.

Walking Tours in Avignon, France

Create Your Own Walk in Avignon

Create Your Own Walk in Avignon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Avignon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Avignon, the city set on the left bank of the Rhône River in Southern France, boasts centuries-long fascinating history and a large number of attractions to match, fit to excite any history- and architecture buff. Among the most famous local sights are, undoubtedly, the ones associated with the Papal presence. Follow this orientation walk to discover Avignon’s most prominent places of interest.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Most Famous Museums of Avignon

Most Famous Museums of Avignon

Avignon is a wonderful city and the cultural and historic center of Provence Alpes Cote D'Azur. It features many museums and exhibition centers, as well as a number of attractions of historical and national importance. Check out Avignon’s most popular museums in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Architectural Walk Through Avignon

Architectural Walk Through Avignon

Avignon maintains its centuries of history with some of France’s best historic architecture. It contains a wide range of old buildings, such as Palais du Roure, Opéra Théâtre, the famous city walls and more. Check out the most fascinating architecture of historic Avignon in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Avignon Daily Life Tour

Avignon Daily Life Tour

There are many interesting little shops and cafes found on the streets of Avignon. The everyday life of its citizens involve local bakeries, theater and dance performances and going for a promenade through the park. If you cherish the simple things in life, check out the following guide.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Best Nightspots of Avignon Tour

Best Nightspots of Avignon Tour

Avignon offers a wide range of nightspots for every taste, including many bars, restaurants and a few amazing clubs. The streets are full of eye-catching venues you must visit. Check out Avignon’s hottest nightlife in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Avignon Religious Tour

Avignon Religious Tour

A truly sacred destination in France, Avignon has been known as the French Vatican due to the Papal residence here since 1309. Palais des Papes and cathedral are the most popular attractions here. The Gothic and Neoclassical architecture of the churches will impress anyone immediately. Their rich interior and old icons will make your visit unforgettable. Don't miss the chance to see the best...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Avignon for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Avignon has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Avignon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.