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  • 1. Caumont Centre d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the glorious Hôtel de Caumont, one of the city's most spectacular 18th-century mansions, this arts center opened in May 2015 after...Read More

  • 2. Collection Lambert

    Museum/Gallery

    Known for the breadth of its collection as well as the scope of its exhibitions, the Lambert—a must-see for contemporary art lovers—reopened...Read More

  • 3. Espace Van Gogh

    Garden/Arboretum

    A strikingly resonant site, this was the hospital to which the tortured artist repaired after cutting off his earlobe. Its courtyard has been...Read More

  • 4. Musée d'Histoire de Marseille

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    With the Port Antique in front, this modern, open-space museum illuminates Massalia's history with a treasure trove of archaeological finds...Read More

  • 5. Musée Granet

    Museum/Gallery

    Once the École de Dessin (Art School) that granted Cézanne a second-place prize in 1856, the former priory of the Église St-Jean-de-Malte now...Read More

  • 6. Pavillon de Vendôme

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This extravagant Baroque villa was built in 1665 as a country house for the Duke of Vendôme; its position just outside the city's inner circle...Read More

  • 7. Atelier Cézanne

    Museum/Gallery

    Just north of the Vieille Ville loop you'll find Cézanne's studio. After the death of his mother forced the sale of the painter's beloved country...Read More

  • 8. Ateliers Thérèse Neveu

    Museum/Gallery

    The history of the craft of santon-making and other uses to which the local clay was put—faience and hand-painted tiles—can be studied at the...Read More

  • 9. Campredon Centre d'Art

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One of the finest of L'Isle's mansions, the 18th-century Hôtel de Campredon has been restored and reinvented as a modern-art gallery, mounting...Read More

  • 10. Carrée d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    The glass-fronted Carrée d'Art (directly opposite the Maison Carrée) was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster as its neighbor's stark...Read More

  • 11. Château de Gordes

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The only way you can get into this château is by paying to see a collection of photo paintings by pop artist Pol Mara, who lived in Gordes....Read More

  • 12. Église des Stes-Maries

    Museum/Gallery

    What is most striking to a visitor entering the damp, dark, and forbidding fortress-church Église des Stes-Maries is its novel character. Almost...Read More

  • 13. Fondation Vincent Van Gogh

    Museum/Gallery

    Van Gogh's 15-month stay in Arles represents a climax in the artist's career. Enchanted with Arles's limpid light, vibrant landscape, and scenic...Read More

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  • 14. La Vieille Charité

    Le Panier | Museum/Gallery

    At the top of the Panier district you'll find this superb ensemble of 17th- and 18th-century architecture designed as a hospice for the homeless...Read More

  • 15. Le Centre d'Art MaMo

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

    Eighteen stories up, atop Le Corbusier's colossal Cité Radieuse—undertaken in 1947–52 to house the displaced of World War II—this sundrenched...Read More

  • 16. Le Musée-bibliothèque F. Pétrarque

    Museum/Gallery

    The great Renaissance poet Petrarch, driven mad with unrequited love for a beautiful married woman named Laura, retreated to this valley to...Read More

  • 17. Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol

    Museum/Gallery

    You can study miniature dioramas of scenes from Pagnol stories here. The characters are all santons, including superb portraits of a humpback...Read More

  • 18. Maison Carrée

    Museum/Gallery

    Lovely and forlorn in the middle of a busy downtown square, this exquisitely preserved temple strikes a timeless balance between symmetry and...Read More

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  • 19. MuCEM

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    Made up of three sites designed by Rudy Ricciotti, MuCEM is all about new perspectives on Mediterranean cultures. Themes like "the invention...Read More

  • 20. Musée Angladon

    Museum/Gallery

    This superb collection of major 18th- to 20th-century paintings and furnishings was assembled by the famous Parisian couturier Jacques Doucet...Read More

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