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Provence Sights

Museon Arlaten (Museum of Arles)

  • 29–31 rue de la République Map It
  • Arles

Updated 12/16/2013

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After six years of renovation, this fascinating museum is scheduled to reopen 2014 (check website for updates). When it does, the quirky collection will plunge you right into post-Roman Arles. Created by the father of the Provençal revival, turn-of-the-20th-century poet Frédéric Mistral, it enshrines a seemingly bottomless collection of regional treasures ranging from 18th-century furniture and ceramics to a mixed-bag collection of toothache-prevention cures. There

are spindled-oak bread boxes (mounted high on the wall like bird cages); bizarre traditional talismans (a ring fashioned from the third nail of a horseshoe to ward off hemorrhoids); the signature Arlésienne costumes, with their pretty shoulder scarves crossed at the waist; dolls and miniatures; an entire Camargue gardian hut, with reconstructed interior; and dioramas with mannequins—tiny tableaux of Provençal life. Following Mistral's wishes, women in full Arlésienne costume oversee the labyrinth of lovely 16th-century halls.

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29–31 rue de la République, Arles, 13200, France

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  • Closed until 2014 (old hours: Apr., May, and Sept., Tues.–Sun. 9:30–noon and 2–5:30; June–Aug., daily 9:30–12:30 and 2–6; Oct.–Mar., Tues.–Sun. 9:30–12:30 and 2–6:30).

Updated 12/16/2013


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