Natural History Museum

Aix-en-Provence - Cultural place

Closed for:Canceled or closed because of Covid-19

Saint-Mitre Park has housed the museum's administrative and educational departments since April 2014 but the collections are no longer on show as there are no exhibition galleries. They are studied and stored in another site before they are put back on public display. The Museum still has much to offer: educational workshops for schools and children, national events such as the Nature Festival in May and Science Festival in October, external exhibitions, monthly conferences and naturalist inventories.

There are lots of opportunities to introduce the masses to the rich heritage that makes our region what it is.

The Natural History Museum was founded in 1838 with the purchase of a collection of birds and now has almost 470,000 specimens in all areas of natural science: zoology, palaeontology, botany, geology, prehistory and ethnology. The museum has run palaeontology digs since 1994 and is so famous for its amazing collection of dinosaur eggs that the city is nicknamed Eggs-en-Provence. It is behind countless scientific discoveries including the Arcovenator escotae, a large carnivorous dinosaur which was unknown in Europe until now.

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

  • Address

    Parc Saint Mitre
    166 Avenue Jean Monnet

    13090 Aix-en-Provence

  • Phone

    • 04 88 71 81 81
  • Website

Where to stay

Studio Dolce vita
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Studio Dolce vita

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Studio équipé pour 2 personnes et doté d'une terrasse de 15m². Kitchenette avec machine à café Nespresso, bouilloire électrique.Salle d'eau, climatisation, literie de qualité en 160*200, Tv 102cm Piscine collective, infos touristiques, Produits d'hygiène inclus Tarifs nuit : de 70EUR…

Le Mas d'Entremont
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Le Mas d'Entremont

Aix-en-Provence

Located on the hills of Aix en Provence, this charming 4 stars hotel with gastronomic restaurant offers you 6 suites, 2 apartments and 12 rooms, all with private terrace. Our gorgeous garden of one and a half hectare with ornamental lake, pond, fountains, water lily, antic columns gives the…

Golden Tulip Aix-en-Provence
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Golden Tulip Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence

How about exploring Aix-en-Provence on a tandem, tasting local and seasonal cuisine, meeting new people in the co-working areas or taking it easy beside the swimming pool? The 4-star Golden Tulip Hotel in Aix-en-Provence has been fully redesigned and renovated. It reopened for business in April…

Hôtel des Augustins
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Hôtel des Augustins

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La Maison de Sylvianne - N° 170962
Holiday rental

La Maison de Sylvianne - N° 170962

Aix-en-Provence

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Le Brunet Haut
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Le Brunet Haut

Aix-en-Provence

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CAMPING CHANTECLER
Campsite

CAMPING CHANTECLER

Aix-en-Provence

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Cardinal
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Cardinal

Aix-en-Provence

Hôtel Cardinal, founded during the Age of Enlightenment, is one of these authentic places with spirit, history, some kind of magic. The 18th-century atmosphere of the rooms and suites blending old-time charm with modern amenities, such as the exquisite dining room serving traditional…

Hôtel Olympe - A.D.I.J.
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Hôtel Olympe - A.D.I.J.

Aix-en-Provence

This small hotel is located south, near the exit of the Pont de l'Arc, a few steps from CREPS. Parking, rooms with shower and toilet, telephone. The restaurant offers three buffets for a full meal. The hotel is not near the center, it requires a car for evenings in town.

Things to do

Petite Mila
Craftsman / producer

Petite Mila

Aix-en-Provence

Petite Mila is a French brand that has been producing graphic designs based on organic cotton for 4 years now. You can see all the brand's designs on its website.

MIA Provence
Craftsman / producer

MIA Provence

Aix-en-Provence

The first MIA PROVENCE jewellery was created in spring 2016. To begin with the micro-macrame was a means of occupying the mind and hands, but little by little the designer's own models and style began to take shape. Her jewellery is brimming with sun and colours, evoking the colours of…

Paul Arbaud Museum
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Paul Arbaud Museum

Aix-en-Provence

Paul Arbaud, a scholar, devoted his life to constituting a large collection of objects and books, remarkable in terms of both their quantity and their quality. On his death, he left not only this collection, but also the mansion which housed it, to the Academy of Sciences, Agriculture, Arts and…

Boutique du musée Granet
Souvenirs shopping

Boutique du musée Granet

Aix-en-Provence

Articles de papeterie, livres d'arts, décoration, affiches...de nombreuses idées de cadeaux ou juste pour vous faire plaisir.

The Painters' ground
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The Painters' ground

Aix-en-Provence

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Théâtre du Bois de l'Aune
Cultural place

Théâtre du Bois de l'Aune

Aix-en-Provence

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Cinéma Le Mazarin
Cultural place

Cinéma Le Mazarin

Aix-en-Provence

Art cinema with 3 screens. Foreign movies are all shown in original version with french subtitles.

Vignes
Shopping gourmand

Vignes

Aix-en-Provence

Bakery -

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Le cours Mirabeau and its fountains

Aix-en-Provence

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Where to eat

La Table de Pierre Reboul
Food guide restaurant

La Table de Pierre Reboul

Aix-en-Provence

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Le Poivre d'Ane
Food guide restaurant

Le Poivre d'Ane

Aix-en-Provence

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Les vieilles canailles
Food guide restaurant

Les vieilles canailles

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La petite ferme
Food guide restaurant

La petite ferme

Aix-en-Provence

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Les caves Henri IV by Le Formal
Food guide restaurant

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Grenache
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Grenache

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El Primo
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El Primo

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Angelina
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Angelina

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Le Contrepoint

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