Pavillon de Vendôme museum

Museum Arts and culture, Fine Arts Decorative arts
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Presentation

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 16/10/2021 to 14/04/2022 from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 5pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on 26/12/2021, 02/01/2022, January 1st and December 25th.

Open on demand.
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  • categories :
    • Musée de France
General information
  • Parking :
    • Parking nearby
Services, Tours, Activities and entertainment
  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Concert
    • Entertainment
  • Visit :
    • Guided tours
  • Rooms equipped for :
    • Concert/events
Contact
Pavillon de Vendôme museum
13, rue de la Molle ou
32 Rue Célony
13100
Aix-en-Provence
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Phone : 04 42 91 88 75
Fax : +33 4 42 91 88 73
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Tarifs

From 15/04 to 15/10/2021
Full price: 3.70 €.

From 16/10/2021 to 14/04/2022
Full price: 3.70 €.

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.
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Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme
13, rue de la Molle ou
32 Rue Célony
13100
Aix-en-Provence
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.530964
Longitude : 5.442115