Museon Arlaten - Museum of Provence

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The Museon Arlaten, a departmental museum of ethnography created at the end of the 19th century by the poet Frédéric Mistral, is a "place of memory" of Provencal society.
After 11 years of closure, the museum has been thoroughly renovated and is now open to the public again. Respectful of the Mistralian heritage and of more than a century of museographic history, the Museon Arlaten-musée de Provence offers a brand new experience of visit among 3500 objects, costumes and paintings. Thanks to a variety of scenographies and a number of multimedia devices, it offers an almost infinite choice of possibilities for further exploration and discovery.

From the 18th century to multimedia

Founded in 1899 by Frédéric Mistral, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and champion of the Provençal language and culture, the Museon Arlaten, a "poet's museum" and "museum of living life", has been closed to the public since 2009.
While the dioramas, 18th, 19th and 20th century costumes, the Tarasque, festive objects, furniture and earthenware, shepherds, amulets, the works and the spirit of Mistral are still present, the scenographies have been revisited to be sometimes faithful to the original, sometimes endowed with a new historical depth. The public will also be able to discover the results of ethnographic surveys on today's Provence carried out by the museum's teams.
Nearly sixty digital devices (videos, texts, readings in Provençal, sounds, games, music, multimedia creations and frescoes, etc.) bring to life the Provence of yesteryear and evoke the Provence of today with relish.

A unique and inspired place

To cross the threshold of the Museon Arlaten is to enter a place shaped by two thousand years of history! The end of the Forum in Roman times (a set of Roman remains, an exedra, columns, a street, pavements and pavements are still visible in the museum courtyard), an aristocratic residence during the Renaissance, a Jesuit college from the 17th to 18th centuries, prison and place of debate during the French Revolution, again a college and then a museum, today renovated, the Museon Arlaten is a major witness to the architecture and history of Arles from Antiquity to the 21st century.

Thanks to the renovation, two new architectural features have been added to enhance the visit:

- the grand staircase, designed by the architect of the renovation, Michel Bertreux (Tetrarc agency), is enhanced by two creations by Christian Lacroix. Distributing all the floors, its decoration was conceived by the great Arles designer as "a gesture of gratitude and love" for the collections of the Museon Arlaten, here assembled and freely recomposed in two large backlit glass totems.

- The Jesuit Chapel, completely restored, is finally attached to the museum and will provide a sumptuous setting and volume for temporary exhibitions.

For its location, for its collections, for the journey back in time offered as well as for its contemporary outlook, the Museon Arlaten-Musée de Provence is an essential step in any journey of discovery of the riches of the city of Arles.
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Opening period (s)Every day throughout the year between 9.30 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th.
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Full price: 0 to 12 € (Free on the 1st Sunday of the month
Full price : 8€ (for the whole family)
Family rate 12€ : Any family consisting of 2 adults accompanying 2 to 7 children under 18 years old.)
Reduced price: 5 € (> Groups of 10 people or more: reservation required
> 18 to 25 years old or holders of the e-youth pass
> People over 65 years old
> Holders of the Solidarité 13 card
> Members of associations whose agreement with the CD13
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> Accompanying person of the holder of a disability card
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Conditions of free admission:

Under 18 years old, holders of the "Collégien de Provence" card and an accompanying adult, beneficiaries of social minima (job seeker, RSA, minimum old age), holders of disability cards, teachers with Education Pass, journalists, staff of the Ministry of Culture, of the Historic Monuments Department, ICOM, ICOMOS, guide-lecturers, Pass My Provence ambassadors, members of associations whose agreement with CD13 duly specifies free admission, CD13 agents, wearers of the Arles costume, schoolchildren and social centers in the department, students. Exceptional free admission is specified in the programs for certain events.
Museon Arlaten - musée de Provence
31 Rue De la République
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Latitude : 43.676505
Longitude : 4.626032