Museum of the Pavillon de Vendôme

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Museum Arts and culture, Fine Arts Decorative arts
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Beautiful atlantes on the façade announce this classical style "folly" which was built in 1665 by Pierre Pavillon and Antoine Matisse for the Duke of Vendome, governor of Provence and cousin of Louis XIV.
The Pavillon Vendôme is the most attractive folie bequeathed to us by the 17th century. It was built at the request of Louis de Mercoeur, Duke of Vendôme. The grandson of Henry IV and Gabrielle d'Estrées, he was appointed Governer of Provence in 1652.

Legend has it that the prince fell in love with Lucrèce de Forbin Solliès, known as the "Belle du Canet", and had this "folie" built for her.
A series of owners succeeded him. In 1906, Henri Dobler, an enlightened art-lover, bought and restored the Pavillon and obtained official recognition for it. In 1914, the Pavillon de Vendôme became the first building in Aix to be listed as a Historic Monument. Dobler bequeathed the building and collections to the City of Aix, and the site was opened to the public as a museum on 8 July 1954.

The double helix staircase in the Pavillon de Vendôme is one of the finest of the Aix series and dates from the early 18th century. It combines a harmonious structure with grandiose decoration. The cast-iron handrail and the plasterwork, garlands, putti and eagle sculptures combine to produce a majestic Baroque effect.

The immense French-style garden has been listed among the Historic Monuments since 1953.
The Pavillon de Vendôme Museum collection is made up of works from the 17th until the early 21st century, including an important group of graphic art works. It regularly hosts contemporary art exhibitions, helping to develop a dialogue between cultural heritage and contemporary creation.
The museum is listed as a historic monument.
Opening period (s)From 16/10/2023 to 15/04/2024.
Closed on Tuesday.
From 10am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 5pm.

From 17/04 to 28/04/2024.
Closed on Tuesday.
From 10am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 6pm

The museum will be closed, from April 29th to May 17th inclusive, for the mounting of its new exhibition "Beyond Consciousness" by Chiharu Shiota.

From 18/05 to 14/10/2024 between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.

On demand.
  • categories :
    • Musée de France
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  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Concert
    • Entertainment
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    • Guided tours
  • Rooms equipped for :
    • Concert/events
Museum of the Pavillon de Vendôme
13, rue de la Molle ou
32 Rue Célony
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Phone : +33 4 42 91 88 75
Fax : +33 4 42 91 88 73
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From 16/10/2023 to 15/04/2024
Full price: 4 €.

From 17/04 to 14/10/2024
Full price: 4 €.

Free entry for children < 26 years, press, Job-seeker.

✘ Free access with the City Pass Aix-en-Provence
✘ Free for under 26 years old, students, journalists, municipal staff, teachers and those who are granted legal 10% aid of the CPA.
✘ Free admission every first Sunday of each month.
Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme
13, rue de la Molle ou
32 Rue Célony
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.530964
Longitude : 5.442115