The architectural treasures of Aix which make the city, one big open-air museum. Aix-en-Provence boasts numerous diverse venues enthusiastic about cultural attractions, foundations, and archaeological sites that testify to its rich heritage.
Situated next to the church of Saint Jean de Malta in the old Priory of the Knights of Malta, Granet Museum is named after the painter Francois Marius Granet whose most of the creative work has been preserved here. It contains the permanent collection of works mostly by French painters of the XVIth to the XXth centuries and different schools of Dutch, Flemish, and Italian art. The archaeological department of this museum offers a chance to learn about the origins of Aix and the Celto-Ligurian civilization of Entremont.Address: Place Saint-Jean de Malte, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Exhibits - Pottery, Ceramics, Earthenware, Porcelain
The museum named after his creator and donor, the Arbaud museum is situated in the townhouse, built at the end of the 18th century. Paul Arbaud was a collector and bibliophile in Provence who gave his house to the Academy of Aix. The museum offers some collections of Provençal earthenware, numerous manuscripts, and paintings.
The Vendome Pavilion is famous for the setting and the interior decor that describe the Aix residence of 18th century. The pavilion is surrounded by a beautiful French park. The venue hosts temporary exhibitions of modern works, namely in the field of digital imaging and new technologies regularly.Address: 13 Rue de la Molle, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Founded by Vallon, the Old Aix museum houses a collection of objects from the past. The collection here has a resemblance with the traditions of Aix and its lands which is displayed in a magnificent townhouse of the XVIIth century. The artifacts include furniture, "santons" crib figures, costumes along with painting screens, and earthenware.Address: 17 Rue Gaston de Saporta, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
A museum on the first floor of the Palace in the luxurious apartments contains a rich collection of tapestries and furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Since 1979, the museum also offers a collection of contemporary textile art and organizes temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art throughout the year. The performing arts, illustrated by maquettes, costumes, decor, and documents on the history of the Festival of Lyrical Art can also be watched in the museum.Address: Ancien Palais de l'Archeveche, 28, Place Des Martyrs de la Resistance, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Established in 1975 to promote the art and architecture of Aix, Vasarely Foundation is situated in the heart of Provence opposite the Sainte-Victoire Mountain in Cezanne country. The building of Vasarely foundation was constructed in 1976 which is a piece of art in itself. Inspired by Bauhaus architecture, it has 16 impressive hexagonal units. The main attraction is a room dedicated to optical art that holds 42 life-size monumental works by Victor Vasarely, known as the father of "cinetism”. The artifacts displayed here are created with a variety of techniques (relief, painting, and transparencies) and different materials (wood, metal, and plastics). The venue hosts prestigious exhibitions all around the year.Address: 1 Avenue Marcel Pagnol, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France
Atelier des Lauves is truly a venue of memories marked with Cezanne's stamp. It displays the objects that were familiar to the painter. The studio also has an audio-visual room showing films and CD-ROMs. Cezanne worked here during the last four years of his life.Address: 9 Avenue Paul Cézanne, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
It was the only camp in France used for internment, transit and deportation. Many German and Austrian people were interned here. The murals painted by interned artists remind the history of those interned people. The guided tours are offered by the Memorial Carriage Association. Also one can watch an exhibition on deportation inside the train carriage.Address: 40 Chemin de la Badesse, 13290 Aix-en-Provence, France