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The Jean Giono Center, includes an exhibition space and a documentation center inside the Hôtel Raffin, located not far from the Porte Saunerie, and Le Paraïs, the house and gardens of the writer, located at the foot of the Mont d'Or.
Numerous events are organized throughout the year to promote the life and work of Jean Giono to a wide audience: exhibitions, literary walks, readings and shows, activities and accompaniment of educational projects as well as guided tours of the writer's house.

The Raffin Hotel :
This Provençal mansion dating from the Revolution was the first one built outside the walls of the historic center. Remarkable for its Provençal floor tiles, 18th century woodwork, very beautiful decorated ceilings, it houses the Jean Giono Center, which aims to discover the writer and his work through exhibitions, his house, his gardens, his country.

An exhibition, "Jean Giono, les chemins de l'oeuvre":
A staged tour punctuated with projections, interviews, film excerpts, photographs, letters or evocation of objects that belonged to the author, in French and English.

A garden for writing and reading:
A closed garden remarkable for its rosebushes, its jasmine and honeysuckle fragrances, it offers a unique green setting in the heart of Manosque. You will find there a refuge of reading and writing which will prolong the visit of the exhibitions of the Hotel Raffin.

The store :
A store area is available to the public. Visitors will find exhibition catalogs, the works of Jean Giono, some of his films, postcards, stationery, posters, publications of the associations of the friends of Jean Giono and the friends of Lucien Jacques.
Opening period (s)From 01/10/2023 to 31/03/2024
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.

From 01/04 to 30/09/2024
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th and August 15th.
General information
  • Environments :
    • In centre of town
    • Town location
  • Tour language(s) :
    • French
  • Visits :
    • you can visit it
    • Average group visit length (minutes) : 90
  • Information panel language(s) :
    • French
    • English
  • Park :
    • Park
  • Theme :
    • Subject
Services, Tours, Activities and entertainment
  • Environments :
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Station district
  • Individual tour services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Group tour services :
    • Unguided group tours on request
    • Guided group tours on request
  • Help for client/practical :
    • Tourist brochures
  • Entertainment :
    • Activity
    • Children's entertainment
    • Shows
  • Visit :
    • Guided tours
  • Bathroom/toilets :
    • Public WC
Centre Jean Giono
Hôtel Raffin
3 boulevard Elémir Bourges
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Phone : +33 4 92 70 54 54
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


Full price: 6 €
Reduced price: 5 €.

Free entry for children < 12 years.
Centre Jean Giono
Hôtel Raffin
3 boulevard Elémir Bourges
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.831395
Longitude : 5.783873
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