Paul Arbaud Museum

Aix en Provence - Cultural place

The Paul Arbaud museum-library, named after its creator, is situated in the Mazarin quarter, a stone's throw from the Cours Mirabeau.

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 Letters of Aix-en-Provence.

The collection of objects is made up of some wonderful pieces, notably 18th century Provençal earthenware, a 14th century Flemish triptych and Mirabeau family portraits.

The library, with its 1600 manuscripts and books and its collection of private archives (notably those of the Mirabeau family) attracts researchers from a variety of different fields.

Since it opened, the museum-library has received numerous donations which have enabled it to expand its collections, such as that of Lucas de Montigny, who bequeathed a large collection of items related to the Mirabeau family.

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

  • Contact

    2 rue Du 4 Septembre
    13100 Aix en Provence

  • Phone

    • 04 42 38 38 95

Nearby

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  2. Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel

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  3. Atrium d'Anaïte (L')

    Resort

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  4. Villa Jeannette

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Where to stay

Le Mazet
Holiday rental

Le Mazet

Aix en Provence

Située dans la campagne aixoise, à 1 km du centre ville (parking relais et ligne de bus à 100 m), maison de 85 m² sur 2 niveaux. Au RdC : Salon/séjour. Cuisine indépendante entièrement équipée (LV, MO). Salle de bain. 1 WC indépendant. Buanderie avec (Lave et sèche-linge). A l'étage :…

Sur Les Toits Du Vieil Aix
Holiday rental

Sur Les Toits Du Vieil Aix

Aix en Provence

Appartement climatisé en duplex. Séjour/salon. Cuisine américaine équipée. A l'étage : 1 chambre avec 1 lit/2 pers (160x200). 1 SdB avec douche et baignoire. 1 WC indépendant. 2 terrasses de 4 et 7 m² avec mobilier de jardin. Accès internet. Stationnement public à proximité.

Atrium d'Anaïte (L')
Resort

Atrium d'Anaïte (L')

Aix en Provence

Located in an important and dynamic part of the town, near the conference centre and the pedestrian streets of the town centre, this residence welcomes you to its charming and typical Provencal surroundings. A large lobby, breakfast room, meeting room and solarium are here to satisfy the…

Le Lully
Holiday rental

Le Lully

Aix en Provence

At the heart of Aix en Provence, city of culture, between the Grand Théâtre de Provence (Provence big theatre) and the Théâtre Noir (black theatre) (Preljocaj ballets) designed by the same architect as the MuCEM in Marseille, on a pedestrian esplanade, at only 5 minutes of the old center,…

Novotel Aix Beaumanoir
Hotel

Novotel Aix Beaumanoir

Aix en Provence

In the town of the good King Rene, at the crossroads of Cezanne paths, the Novotel Aix en Provence Beaumanoir welcomes you for an overnight or a longer stay. The hotel is located 5 mn away (by car) from the town center. In the Novotel you will feel at home, the welcome and smiles of our team will…

Le Vieux Moulin
Holiday rental

Le Vieux Moulin

Le Tholonet

A 3 km d'Aix en Provence, au Tholonet, T2 de 40m2 sur deux niveaux dans une maison du XVIII ème siècle sur une propriété de 7000m2. Endroit très calme et plein de charme, situé au bord de la rivière face aux vignobles de Château Simone (AOC Palette). La Maison est un ancien moulin à eau…

Hôtel en Ville
Hotel

Hôtel en Ville

Aix en Provence

This charming hotel offers ten modern & spacious rooms with open space, all air conditionned. The last renovated property of the hotels in Aix en Provence, with view on the old town, the cathedral and a public park just nearby. You are welcome in a lounge bar or brasserie where you can have a…

Caravelle
Hotel

Caravelle

Aix en Provence

In the center of Aix en Provence, closed to the cours mirabeau, 5 minutes far from the railway station and the bus station.

La Maison D'aix
B&B

La Maison D'aix

Aix en Provence

La Maison d'Aix : one time there was a private mansion in the heart of Aix-en-Provence replete with refinement, elegance and charm. Restoring life to this private mansion, in which the spirit of the enigmatic Henriette Reboul still drifts, is the challenge which architect Laura Juhen and Louis…

Things to do

Olly Gan
Fashion / shopping

Olly Gan

Aix en Provence

Ready-to-wear for men

L'oiseau bleu
Fashion / shopping

L'oiseau bleu

Aix en Provence

Envolez vous dans l'univers onirique de Magali. Six marques de prêt-à-porter, un grand choix d'accessoires, pour la plupart des pièces uniques, de nombreux créateurs de la région comme Manon Martin, Bird Song ou encore Akinoa, le tout dans une ambiance brocante où même la décoration peut…

The Painters' ground
Site

The Painters' ground

Aix en Provence

The queen of his childhood landscapes, and the obsession of his life as an artist, the Sainte-Victoire mountain dominates the painter's work: 44 oil paintings and 43 water-colours of it are conserved in the world's great museums and in private collections. The most famous pictures were painted…

Aquae Maltae
Producer

Aquae Maltae

Aix en Provence

Aquae Maltae is a 100% organic beer made in Aix-en-Provence. It is the fruit of the blend of barley malt from Ardeche, hops from Alsace and water from the Verdon. Aquae Maltae offers a wide range of beer, available in 33cl and 75cl bottles: white, blonde, amber, ginger or special beers depending…

La chambre aux confitures
Fashion / shopping

La chambre aux confitures

Aix en Provence

A precious delicatessen passionnately managed by the devoted Beloved Lise ! Her passion is named Jam. All kinds, all tastes, all textures jams ! The wide assortment of jams evolves day by day to further enrich jam’s fragrances. A generous tasting to experience the sensual flow, frozen jelly,…

Muse
Fashion / shopping

Muse

Aix en Provence

Boutique de luxe située en centre-ville qui propose de nombreuses marques en chaussures, maroquinerie, bijoux, lunettes de soleil, parfumerie et déco.

Maison Brémond 1830
Fashion / shopping

Maison Brémond 1830

Aix en Provence

Provencal products

L’Epicerie Locale
Fashion / shopping

L’Epicerie Locale

Aix en Provence

The Epicerie Locale offers regional products from small producers who work in accordance with local traditions. All products are organic and put forth regional treasures including wine, olive oil, fruit juice, syrups, handmade pasta, Camargue rice, tapenade, Nyons olives, jam, honey, chocolate,…

Elsa Barois
Craftsman

Elsa Barois

Aix en Provence

Elsa Barois is a designer of bespoke wedding gowns. Each dress is unique, to ensure it corresponds to the morphology and personality of each of her customers. All of her creations are made in her studio in Aix-en-Provence. A graduate of the ESMOD fashion school, she is also an image consultant.…

Where to eat

La Chimère Café
Cuisine de Provence

La Chimère Café

Aix en Provence

The Chef offers homemade cuisine that revisits traditional cuisine. In addition to the menu and daily suggestions, La Chimère offers a vegetarian and vegan choice. The menu is renewed regularly according to seasons and arrivals. The restaurant is located in the former artisans' quarter and a…

Le Mas d'Entremont
Food guide restaurant

Le Mas d'Entremont

Aix en Provence

Nestled in 7,5 acres park with ponds and fountains, the Mas d'Entremont restaurant offers a cuisine always prepared with fresh, quality products coming from known producers. The use of seasonal products influences the types and preparation of dishes. The Marignane family and his team will…

Le Contrepoint
Table 13

Le Contrepoint

Aix en Provence

Ici, l'atmosphère rock et tatouages montre qu'elle rime aussi avec gourmandise. L'ardoise connaît bien ses classiques (camembert rôti, canard à l'orange et cassolette d'andouillette) mais ne s'interdit pas les envies moins académiques : burger corse, croque-madame XL... En plus, tout est…

Lautre Restaurant
Food guide restaurant

Lautre Restaurant

Aix en Provence

The olive tree planted in the middle of the veranda says a lot about the authenticity of the olive oil-based cuisine (oil pressed at the Moulin d’Eguilles) served at this large establishment with garden, set in the town centre. With its lawn, flower beds and lush terrace, Lôtre Restaurant is a…

L'Orangerie
Cuisine de Provence

L'Orangerie

Aix en Provence

In the heart of Aix, L'Orangerie restaurant is spacious and light with windows on every side. Open every day at lunchtime and in the evening. Come and discover our sun-drenched cuisine full of Mediterranean flavours.

La Cantine
Food guide restaurant

La Cantine

Aix en Provence

Located between the Hôtel de Ville and the Palais de Justice, just two minutes from the Cours Mirabeau, la Cantine's menu features dishes from the South of France, served on the terrace or indoors, at either lunch or dinner. You will find fresh, seasonal produce from Provence, Corsica and Italy,…

Le Bar 1924 - Le Pigonnet
Cuisine de Provence

Le Bar 1924 - Le Pigonnet

Aix en Provence

The new Bar and Bistrot located in the Le Pigonnet hotel offers a cosy and intimate atmosphere, as well as a cognac and cigar lounge. Just step in and sample the cocktails and fine wines in a welcoming setting, with the Chef's generous dishes and conviviality and a menu which changes daily.…

Le Saint-Estève
Food guide restaurant

Le Saint-Estève

Le Tholonet

In the homeland of Paul Cézanne, at the end of a charming country lane that winds down to the foot of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Mathias Dadine has stepped into the kitchen of a brand new luxury hotel complex, the Lodges Sainte-Victoire. Using a range of seasonal products, this chef – a…

Le Zinc d'Hugo
Food guide restaurant

Le Zinc d'Hugo

Aix en Provence

Over a glass of wine selected from dedicated growers, come and discover stylish cuisine made from local produce in a bistrot setting that blends modern and retro. Mediterranean cuisine using ingredients from the market. Wine bar.

Inspirations

The soap

The soap

Tradition

'Savon de Marseille', how to tell the real from the fake

Fashion

Fashion

Lifestyle

Provence "à la mode"

La pétanque

La pétanque

This sport (yes, Pétanque is a sport, but we'll talk about that later) is an intrinsic part of life in Marseille and has been from generation to generation!

Every quarter has its own boules court and/or boules association, including, of course, a watering hole...

The "Navette"

The "Navette"

Terroir

Celebrated at Candlemas, this traditional Provencal biscuit is also a popular sweet treat all year round