Jean Giono Center

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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 01/04 to 30/09/2022, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Closed exceptionally on Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th and August 15th.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: open

From 10am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6pm.
Last entries at 5:15 pm.

From 01/10/2022 to 31/03/2023, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: open

Closed from December 23, 2021 to January 03, 2022.
From 14h to 18h
Last entries : 17h15.
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
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
Jean Giono Center
Hôtel Raffin
3 boulevard Elémir Bourges
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Phone : +33 4 92 70 54 54
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Reduced price: 5 € (Job seekers, beneficiaries of social minima, under 18 years old, students, apprentices under 26 years old, groups of 7 people minimum, holders of a valid passport of the Alpes de Haute Provence museums.)
Adult: 6 €
Child: Free - 12 years old.

Free entry for children < 12 years.

Free for subscribers to the DLVA media library network, school groups from the DLVA territory, and accompanying adults.
During the Correspondances de Manosque festival, the Manosque children's book festival, the European Heritage Days, the Night of the Museums, the Rendez-vous aux jardins, the Estivales éditoriales.

Coupled ticket for exhibitions and visit of the house: 12 euros
Garden pass: 3 euros (reduced rate 2 euros).
Centre Jean Giono
Hôtel Raffin
3 boulevard Elémir Bourges
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.831395
Longitude : 5.783873
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