Marseille and western Provence

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From Marseille to the Spanish border, western Provence has much to offer to the art enthusiast and the curious traveller. The area, once home of Greek settlements, such as the ancient Massalía which we know now as Marseille, was one of the wealthiest Roman provinces, and many traces of that glorious past survive today in the many Roman structures still visible in Nîmes, Orange, Arles and so on.

But the rich history of western Provence is not limited to Antiquity: from the Provençal-Catalan culture of the Middle ages to the Papacy in Avignon, from the French Revolution with is La Marseillaise anthem to being the retreat of many among the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th century, this part of Southern France has been, and still is, one of the most culturally vibrant regions of Europe.

Our advice: along with the largest cities, take your time to visit also the countryside and smaller towns, such as Ceret, which can provide you a pleasant, relaxing, and unorthodox voyage across over twenty centuries of great culture.

museums in Marseille and western Provence

Carré d’Art musée d’art contemporain | Nîmes

Carré d’Art musée d’art contemporain | Nîmes

Nîmes - Place de la Maison Carree, 16
closed on: Monday
The Carré d'Art- Musée d'art contemporain in Nîmes is a contemporary art museum facing the Maison Carrée, one of the best-preserved Roman temples in Europe
Carré Sainte-Anne | Montpellier

Carré Sainte-Anne | Montpellier

Montpellier - rue Philippy, 2
closed on: Monday (during exhibitions)
The Carré Sainte-Anne in Montepellier is an exhibition centre dedicated to contemporary art housed in a fascinating Gothic revival church
Fondation Vasarely | Aix-en-Provence

Fondation Vasarely | Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence - avenue Marcel Pagnol, 1
closed on: Monday
The Vasarely Foundation is an institution in Aix-en-Provence devoted to collaboration between arts with a collection of 44 notable works by Victor Vasarely
MuCEM | Marseille

MuCEM | Marseille

Marseille - Esplanade du J4, 1
closed on: Tuesday
The MuCEM - Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée in Marseille is a museum dedicated mainly, but not only, to Mediterranean cultures
Musée Arles Antique

Musée Arles Antique

Arles - île du Cirque Romain
closed on: Tuesdays
The Musée Départemental Arles Antique is an archaeological museum, located in the city of Arles, among the most important in southern France and Provence
Musée Cantini | Marseille

Musée Cantini | Marseille

Marseille - rue Grignan, 19
closed on: Monday
The Musée Cantini in Marseille is a modern art museum housed in a late-17th century palace with an important collection of art from 1900 to 1960
Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Céret

Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Céret

Céret - Boulevard Maréchal Joffre, 8
closed on: Tuesday
The Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Céret is a modern and contemporary art museum located the French Pyrenées with works by Picasso, Miró and more
Musée du Petit Palais | Avignon

Musée du Petit Palais | Avignon

Avignon - place du Palais des Papes
closed on: Tuesday
The Musée du Petit Palais in Avignon is an art museum housed in the former Archbishop's palace, with collections dating from Antiquity to the Renaissance
Musée Fabre | Montpellier

Musée Fabre | Montpellier

Montpellier - rue Montpelliéret, 13
closed on: Monday
The Musée Fabre in Montpellier is an important museum featuring mostly art from the 15th century on, including works by Breughel, Rubens, Manet and Raphael
Villa Méditerranée | Marseille

Villa Méditerranée | Marseille

Marseille - Esplanade du J4
closed on: Monday
Villa Méditerranée in Marseille is a new museum dedicated to various cultural and scientific aspects of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea

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archive of exhibitions, news, and events in Marseille and western Provence

Marseille | The design of the 24H Architecture

Marseille | The design of the 24H Architecture

The design project developed by the office PAN Architecture for the 24H d' Architecture in Marseille was aimed to create an array of inter-connected spaces.
Projects for FAV – Festival des Architecures Vives 2016 announced

Projects for FAV – Festival des Architecures Vives 2016 announced

FAV - "Festival des Architecures Vives" announced the projects to be realized for the 11th edition of the annual festival of architecture
Montpellier | In June, the “Festival des Architectures Vives” 2015

Montpellier | In June, the “Festival des Architectures Vives” 2015

The 10th edition of FAV, Festival des Architectures Vive, runs from 3 to 14 June 2015 in Montpellier and from 20 to 28 June at La Grande Motte

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