A lively medieval town bursting with art and creativity, and centrally located for sightseeing in Provence. Host of the superb Avignon Festival.
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The paintings by Chardin, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Modigliani, Sisley, Van Gogh and Picasso that fill this delightful museum were collected by Paris fashion designer Jacques Doucet – the Yves Saint-Laurent of the early 20th century. They were later donated to the city of Avignon by his great-nephew and wife, who were both artists and collectors themselves.
This inspiring selection of art is housed in the Doucet family’s elegant Avignon townhouse, with one floor preserved exactly as it was during their lifetime. Be sure to track down Van Gogh’s Railway Carriages, the only Van Gogh painting that remains on permanent display in Provence.
Getting there & doing it
You’ll find the museum just north of the tourist office, on Rue Labourer. Guided tours with an art historian are possible, with advance notice. Otherwise, there’s a detailed history of the collection and its history on the website – worth a read before you go.
When to do it
The museum is open February to December, but closes in January and on Monday. From November to March, it also closes on Sunday.
Destination guides including or relevant to this experience
Gorgeous landscapes peppered with beautiful villages, sunflowers and lavender, art-filled towns, lively cultural festivals and exquisite food and wine. Provence is everything you imagined it would be.
Fascinating Roman, and medieval monuments and memories of Van Gogh, plus a winsome shabby-chic charm.