Museums

Local Area - Var

Asian Arts Museum
Museum of Asian art at villa Jules Verne
106 blvd Emile Pelletan
Toulon
Tel: 04 98 00 41 00

Musee Alexandra David Neel
Dedicated to the Paris born writer, philosopher and explorer who spent her last years in Digne les Bains. Some tours are in English.
27 ave Marechal Juin
Digne les Bains
Tel: 04 92 31 32 38
www.alexandra-david-neel.org

Monastere de la Verne
12th century monastery, founded in 1190. The complex is continually under restoration and is home to a community of Carthusian nuns.
At Chartreuse de la Verne, 12 km southeast of Collobrieres.
Tel: 04 94 43 45 51

Municipal Museum of Draguignan
Houses a collection of European art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Also has an exhibition of regional history and archaeology, antique furniture and arms.
9 rue de la Republique
Draguignan
Tel: 04 94 47 28 80

Musee d'Archeologie Sous-marine
Exhibition of ancient objects found on dives in the Saint Raphael Bay.
Rue des Templiers, in the Old Town.
Saint Raphael
Tel: 04 94 19 25 75

Musee de l'Annonciade
Exhibitions of modern art, houses in a 16th century chapel. Artists include Matisse, Bonnard, and Derain.
Place Georges Grammont
St Tropez
Tel: 04 94 97 04 01

Musee de la Mine
Gain a glimpse into the work life of a miner. Feel the fear when you descend a shaft and experience what is like to extract copper from the deep, dark holes called mines. Exhibitions of underground rock formations and demonstrations of traditional mining techniques. Guided tours last an hour and are available in English. Wheelchair access.
1000, Chemin du Baou Rouge - 83220 Le Pradet
Tel: 04 94 08 32 46
www.mine-capgaronne.fr

Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
T his museum presents the tools, materials and products of traditional Provence.
15 rue Roumanille
Draguignan
Tel: 04 94 47 05 12

The Museum of Prehistory of the Verdon Canyon
The largest museum of its kind in Europe, featuring over a million years of the history of the area.
Just outside the village of Quinson.
Tel: 04 92 74 07 93
www.museeprehistoire.com

The Sainte-Baume Museum of Man and the Environment
Exhibition of authentic artisan tools and household objects.
At Plan d'Aups Ste-Baume (83)
Tel: 04 42 62 56 46
www.ecomusee-saintebaume.u-3mrs.fr

Picasso Museum at the Chateau Grimaldi
This location provides an unusual perspective on Picasso’s work even though it is not as extensive as the collection in Paris. Picasso painted in this Chateau while he lived in Antibes. Be sure to glimpse out the window at the view below Picasso's studio in order to get a sense of the scenery that inspired him. Included in the collection are the Mediterranean marine and mythological life created in Antibes and the ceramics created in nearby Vallauris.
Place Mariejol
Antibes
Tel: 04 92 90 54 20

Museé nationále biblioteque du Marc Chagall

 

Aix-en-Provence

Musée Granet
Reopening in February 2006 after extensive renovations, the Musée Granet will have expanded its exhibit area from 900 to 4 500 m2, as well as upgrading of display and conservation facilities. The collection includes work by Ingres, Daret, Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Klee, Giacometti, Nicolas de Staël, among others. It also holds 18th century French portraiture, Italian Seicento, sculpture gallery, and archaeological exhibits.
Place St-Jean-de-Malte (13 Rue Cardinale)
Tel: 33 442 38 14 70

 

Avignon

Petit Palais
The Petit Palais, built during the time of the popes, is now devoted to Italian painting and Avignon art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Avignon

Calvet Museum
The Calvet Museum, housed in an 18th century former residence, displays a wide range of art.
Avignon

Collection Lambert
The Collection Lambert - a contemporary art museum housed in an 18th century mansion.
Avignon

Requien Museum
The Requien Museum is a natural history museum housed in a 17th century mansion.
Avignon

Archaeology Museum
The Archaeology Museum is housed in the 17th century former Jesuit chapel.
Avignon

 

Marseilles

La Vieille Charité
17th Century building designed to offer a living place to homeless and orphans. After the Second World War, Le Corbusier called attention to its abandoned state and the building became a National Heritage building in 1951 with restoration work on the Vieille Charité beginning in 1968.
2 rue de la Charité - 13002 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 14 58 80

Maison Diamantée
This museum has a relief model of Old Marseilles from 1848, sections of 18th-century Provençal furniture and objects, and a section of 19th-century paintings and costumes - and more.
Rue de la Prison [Old Port]
In the 16th-century Maison Diamantée, behind the old Hôtel de Ville.
Tel: 04 91 55 28 68

Musée de la Faïence
The Musée de la Faïence is home to one of the largest collections of porcelain in France. The collection is housed in the 19th century Château Pastré.
Château Pastré, 157 av. de Montredon
Marseille
Tel: 04 91 72 43 47

Musée Grobet-Labadié
Musée Grobet-Labadié hosts an impressive collection of medieval Provencal and Burgundian sculptures, as well as exquisitve furniture from Louis XV and XVI.
140 bd. Longchamp
Marseille
Tel: 04 91 62 21 82

Musée d'Art Contemporain
Art from the 1960's New Realism to the present.
(Arrond. 08) 69, avenue de Haïfa
Tel: 04 91 21 07

 

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Musée Ile-de-France
Baronne Ephrussi de Rothschild left a plethora of art and artifacts to the Institut de France after her death in 1934. The collection includes paintings by Carpaccio and other masters of the Venetian Renaissance; canvases by Sisley, Renoir, and Monet; Ming vases; Dresden porcelain; and more. She was decidely peculiar - she named her house after the ocean liner Ile de France and insisted that her 35 gardeners dress as sailors!
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Tél. 04 93 01 33 09
www.villa-kerylos.com/ephrussi/home_en.htm

 

Nice

Matisse Museum
Henri Matisse, along with Picasso, was the most important French painters of the 20th century. The museum houses a large collection of Matisse's works spanning his career and is located in villa in which Matisse actually lived.
164, av. des Arenes de Cimiez
Tel: 04 93 81 08 08
www.musee-matisse-nice.org

Musée des Beaux-Arts
Located in the former home of the Ukrainian Princess Kotchubey, this is a fine collection of 19th- and 20th-century art, including works by Boudin, Ziem, Raffaelli, Renoir and Monet. The gallery also includes great sculptures by J. B. Carpeaux, Rude, Rodin, and others. There is also an important collection devoted to Second Empire and Belle Epoque masters.
www.musee-beaux-arts-nice.org

Musée Marc Chagall
Chagall is a Russian-born artist who later moved to France. His paintings are noted for fanciful imagery and brilliant colours. Situated in a beautiful setting, this museum contains a wonderful collection of Chagall's works. Created by Chagall in the 1970s, it was designed to display Bible scenes so that people could contemplate religion in a serene setting. The museum also contains a good selection of the artist's mosaics, sculptures, tapestries and gouache works.
www.musee-chagall.fr