Avignon's Museums (Self Guided), 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.
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Avignon's Museums Map

Guide Name: Avignon's Museums
Guide Location: France » Avignon (See other walking tours in Avignon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: irenes
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Musee Angladon-Dubrujeaud
  • Musee Lapidaire
  • Collection Y. Lambert
  • Musee Requien
  • Fondation et Musee Calvet
  • Musee Vouland
  • Palais du Roure
  • Maison du Jean Vilar
  • Musée du Petit Palais
Musee Angladon-Dubrujeaud

1) 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 October 31st, Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
From November 1st to March 31st, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.
Closed on December 25th and all January long.
Musee Lapidaire

2) Musee Lapidaire (must see)

The picturesque Musee Lapidaire, a prominent tourist attraction, has a beautiful Baroque architecture and interior that is sure to impress. A former Jesuit Church, part of the Calvet Museum's archaeological and medieval sculpture collection are kept on display here. The original chapel was established by Marcel Provence in the 17th century. Provence was a collector of altars, ancient deity sculptures and stonework. A variety of civilizations and epochs are represented here, though mainly Gallo-Roman. Among its exhibits is a wonderful reproduction of Apollo the Python Killer created by Praxiteles, a Tarasque figure, masks from Vaison, ancient sarcophagi and funerary accessories.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm
Collection Y. Lambert

3) 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: Tuesday-Sunday 11 am- 6 pm.
Musee Requien

4) Musee Requien (must see)

Musee Requien, a natural history museum, has a wide selection of old accessories, books, natural science objects, as well as icons of the famous Jean Henri Fabre. It houses an important French science library and an herb garden with 200,000 species. Founded 15 years ago, it has become an important research center. Extraordinary exhibitions can be seen here, including prehistoric animals, birds of prey in Provence, the botany and geology of Vaucluse, insects, flowers, mushrooms and much more.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm
Fondation et Musee Calvet

5) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Musee Vouland

6) Musee Vouland (must see)

Established as a museum in 1982, Musee Vouland became a favorite place for art lovers. Located in the gorgeous Villeneuve-Esclapon residence, it preserves a luxurious collection of decorative art, acquired by local industrialist Louis Vouland throughout his life. Many statues stand in the mansion's garden, which can be seen as you enter. A relatively large space, it houses a meeting room, activity room, cinema and rooms for hosting workshops. As well, symposiums, concerts, conferences and temporary exhibitions are held here. Among its extensive collection are tapestries, paintings, daily fine China, old silver plates, furniture, ceramics and more.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 2 pm - 6 pm
Palais du Roure

7) Palais du Roure

An old building with a stunning interior, Palais du Roure dates back to 1469. Once the family residence of a Florentine banker, this impressive edifice was built by Pierre Baroncelli. Due to its architecture, the palace is listed as a World Heritage of Humanity site. An extensive collection of artifacts is exhibited here, including unique icons, Provencal furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries, drawings, canvases, figurines, costumes, popular art and other amazing antiques. It serves not only as a cultural center, but also as a library with a great collection of books and the center of Latin and Provencal folklore and customs.
Maison du Jean Vilar

8) Maison du Jean Vilar

Jean Vilar was a French man of theatre, and the creator of Avignon Theatre Festival. Maison du Jean Vilar was established in 1979. You will easily find it in the very heart of the city. Take this opportunity to get closer to the world of performing arts. On display there you will find manuscripts by Jean Vilar (both published and unpublished), his costumes, posters, and letters. Also at the visitors' disposal are also a video library and a reference library.
Musée du Petit Palais

9) Musée du Petit Palais (must see)

The Musée du Petit Palais is a museum and art gallery. It opened in 1976 and has an exceptional collection of Renaissance paintings of the Avignon school as well as from Italy, which reunites many "primitives" from the collection of Giampietro Campana. It is housed in a 14th century building at the north side of the square overlooked by the Palais des Papes.

Named Petit Palais to distinguish it from the Palais des Papes, it was built before the Western Schism by Cardinal Bérenger Fredoli the Elder c.1318-20, with four wings around a cloister and a service court.

The building was attacked and bombarded during its use from 1396 to 1411 as a fortified citadel during the Western Schism, and was a wreck by the time the war ended. In the second half of the 15th century, Bishop Alain de Coëtivy and his successor, Giuliano della Rovere (the future Pope Julius II) carried out restoration work, giving the Palace more or less its present appearance by 1503. The Palace became known as the Palace of the Archbishop when the city was promoted to an archbishopric soon after della Rovere took office.

During the French Revolution, the palace was nationalised and sold off, becoming a Catholic secondary school in the 19th century and (from 1904 to 1976) a professional and technical school.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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