The Musee du Vieil Aix is a 17th Century manor house with several rooms decorated in the style of the 17th century along with a number of exhibits. It is not all that big and only takes 20-30 minutes to go through.
Finding this museum was a bit of a trick, but worth the trip. It's well above the center of Aix, in rue Celony, not far west of the Etablissement Thermal. The Pavillon was built in 1664-67 for the Duc de Vendôme and reconstructed in the 18th C. It is surrounded by a small park. The sculptural decoration of the entryway is amusing ("Oh my aching head!") and I've included photos, below.
THe Pavillon itself represents a typical Aix mansion as it would have looked in the 18th century. Well- preserved furniture, paintings and other artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries give a glimpse into the lives of the local aristocracy of the time.
In the very heart of the Mazarin Quarter you can find this wonderful, sophisticated Museum...
The museum is housed in an intimate mansion that, in the 19th Century, was inhabited by Paul Arbaud.
There is an amazing collection of 18th Century procvençal glazed earthenware, many pieces are from Moustiers.
There is also a huge library!
Very close to the Cours Mirabeau, the museum also displays a few remarkable paintings, among which a 16th Century Flemish Triptych, a crucifixion by the School of Avignon and...many portraits of the Mirabeau family!
Lots to see, admire and enjoy here, I can recomment this special place to you!
The Museum is open every day except on Sundays....
The name of this Museum is: Musée du parlement de Provence et du vieil Aix.
It is situated in one of the narrow streets of the old city centre and it is very worthwhile to go there.
They have a wonderful collection of historically important objects such as porcelain, books, sculptures and more....
C'est le Musée de l'histoire d'Aix. Il évoque, dans un hotel particulier du XVIIème, tout le passé de la ville, premier établissement romain en Gaule, puis capitale de Provence jusqu'à la Révolution; et aussi les traditions, les traveaux et les arts de jadis ou naguère, qu'explorent maintes expositions temporaires.
The richness of this Museum is to be found in both its collections and its "décor"...
I took the photo of one of the special historic processions: they could be moved by puppeteers....
This splendid museum is housed in the ancient palace of the Archbishop, a wonderful building consisting of 4 wings around 1 courtyard.
The building was constructed in several phases between 1650 and 1780.
The collection of TAPESTRY is marvellous and they are downstairs in the long corridor and upstairs in several rooms.
The beauty is breathtaking and I can recommend a visit to you all!
Visiting here is THE chance to be able to admire such a number of the most wonderful tapestries.
This museum is especially interesting for its permanent exhbition about dinosaurus. Indeed, Near Aix en Provence exists the largest site of fossilised dinosaurus eggs. A visit at this museum helps understanding how the area used to be in prehistoric times.
In the Lavender museum, you learn how true lavender essence is made, but I advise you not to go there if you don't like the smell of lavender. It's like being dropped into a bottle of pure lavender essence. They have a gift shop and the back end of the small museum, where to buy your lavender soaps, oils, bath salts,… (For those of you who do like the smell of lavender.)
Musée Granet, Cézanne exhibition
Aix-en-Provence was the home of Cézanne, the artist, he captured the light and almost the smells and sounds of the surrounding countryside.
You will see Provence throughout the seasons and places you may not have time to visit, or have been long gone. Visit and dream!
More Info: Verify the hours with the Tourist Bureau because they are odd.
Classification: Museums , Site Seeing
Some of Southern France's Archaeology and Fine Arts collections are to be found here (including Cézanne).