Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme

Aix en Provence - Cultural place

Since 1990, the Pavillon de Vendôme, a 17th century mansion, has held numerous modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

This building was commissioned by Louis de Mercoeur, Duke of Vendôme, as a place he could meet his lover Lucrèce de Forbin Solliès, known as the 'Belle du Canet', or 'Beauty of Canet'. In 1906, Henri Dobler, an art collector, bought the Pavilion and set about having it restored and refurnished. On his death, in 1941, he left it, along with his collections, to the town of Aix-en-Provence in order for it to be turned into a museum showcasing the town's 17th century mansions.

The Pavilion is surrounded by a French formal garden, and its façade, which superimposes the three classical orders, is adorned with baroque atlantes, garlands of fruit and a mascaron, which is said to be the effigy of the Beauty of Canet.

Its collections are made up of 17th and 18th century portraits, Provençal furniture, as well as canvases of the four seasons, exceptional works of Aix heritage restored over recent years.

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

Nearby

  1. Naruto

    Food guide restaurant

    Read more
  2. Arc Hôtel

    Hotel

    Read more
  3. Le Petit Verdot

    Food guide restaurant

    Read more
  4. Le Pigonnet

    Hotel

    Read more

Where to stay

Les Hauts Pinchinats
Holiday rental

Les Hauts Pinchinats

Aix en Provence

A green and peaceful setting in the Hauts Pinchinats valley near Aix. Fine decoration. Very comfortable gite in a pine forest of 300 sq.m. Groundfloor : living-room/kitchen (microwave, washing-machine, TV/Satellite channels, DVD; Wi-Fi). Shower-room/toilet. 1st floor : 1 bedroom with a double bed…

Cottage Cézanne
Holiday rental

Cottage Cézanne

Aix en Provence

In the countryside of Aix-en-Provence, on a large property closed with portal and digicode, in a dependency connected to the owners' house. Duplex.On the ground floor: entrance with large storage, washing machine and dishwasher.Living room with high ceiling and exposed beams, equipped kitchen…

Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel
Hotel

Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hôtel

Aix en Provence

Created as a genuine art gallery, in the very heart of the city, the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence 5-star hotel offers 133 spacious rooms and suites, with views of the garden or the city. They have either one King size bed or two double/double beds as well as a bathroom with a bathtub or a shower.…

Concorde
Hotel

Concorde

Aix en Provence

A green corner, in the heart of town,"le concorde" bids you welcome. Quiet and confortable rooms (49), rooms for disabled people, large underground, car park, lift, sitting room, quiet terrace and garden. Pets are allowed. Location: 10 minutes walking distance to the centre city, neraby shopping…

Mme Huet Legrand
B&B

Mme Huet Legrand

Aix en Provence

La Bruissanne : Following the path of Cézanne, 5 minutes from the historical center of Aix-en-Provence, La Bruissanne warmly welcomes you in a calm and friendly atmosphere in the heart of a leafy park with all the scents of Provence. All the rooms are carefully and tastefully decorated in…

Artea
Hotel

Artea

Aix en Provence

Darius Milhaud's former residence (famous musician from the 20th century), located in the heart of Aix en provence , 50 meters away from Cours Mirabeau. The hotel Artea offers 40 rooms sound proof with air conditioning. The hotel is a compromise between beautiful old time residencies with its…

Adagio city aparthotel
Resort

Adagio city aparthotel

Aix en Provence

The beautiful residence which combines style and comfort has a privilege location in the heart of the city. Pierre & Vacances City is situated nearby the great fountain "la Rotonde" and the famous Cours Mirabeau. At your disposal : laundrette, indoor car park on charge. Bar and restaurant close by.

Le Pigonnet
Hotel

Le Pigonnet

Aix en Provence

Le Pigonnet is a delightful upmarket hotel a step or two away from the centre of Aix-en-Provence. This elegant former Provençal bastide combines 18th century refinement with a contemporary style to provide guests with a relaxing experience in an environment of luxury and serenity. In a refined…

Rotonde
Hotel

Rotonde

Aix en Provence

The rotonde hotel has a very good location in the city centre of Aix en Provence , near the famous " cours Mirabeau" and the bus station. 41 air conditioned standard, comfort, de luxe and family rooms. Comfortable hotelbar and free parking.

Things to do

Domaine Les Artauds
Wines

Domaine Les Artauds

Le Tholonet

Situé au pied du hameau des Artauds, au Tholonet, le Domaine Les Artauds se trouve au pied de la montagne Sainte Victoire, à cinq kilomètres d'Aix-en-Provence. Autour d'une bastide du 18ème siècle, la vigne y est cultivée selon les règles de l'agriculture biologique sur une superficie de 4…

Brûlerie Richelme
Fashion / shopping

Brûlerie Richelme

Aix en Provence

La brûlerie Richelme est plus qu'une boutique c'est un rendez vous, un rituel quotidien. Torréfaction du café sur place avec une carte qui offre 15 à 20 variétés, issues des meilleurs terroirs du monde, en origines pures. Le thé tient aussi une grande place dans ce lieu avec 140…

Le cours Mirabeau and its fountains
Site

Le cours Mirabeau and its fountains

Aix en Provence

440 metres long and 42 metres wide, Cours Mirabeau links the Mazarin district to the south with the old market town to the north. Today it is one of the busiest and most lively places in Aix en Provence. With its plane trees, fountains and cafes, the Cours is extremely popular with tourists and…

Creamy Café
Cultural place

Creamy Café

Aix en Provence

Creamy is a new café near Cours Sextius where you go for good coffee. Their expert baristas serve single origin espresso, cappuccino, macchiato latte, frappuccino, shakerato, frappe, tea, hot chocolate and freshly squeezed orange juice. There are also syrups to make your favourite drink:…

Indies
Fashion / shopping

Indies

Aix en Provence

Women's ready-to-wear

Espace Jeunesse theater
Cultural place

Espace Jeunesse theater

Aix en Provence

Theatre specifically for young people – shows all year round. The theatre has 108 seats (formerly called Théâtre 108), 1 stage and 2 boxes.

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,…

Mind and Run
Family recreation

Mind and Run

Aix en Provence

Mind & Run propose une nouvelle façon de jouer entre amis, entre collègues ou en famille. Partir en Egypte afin de percer les derniers mystères du tombeau de Toutankhamon, échapper à un tueur en série ou participer au premier voyage touristique sur Mars. Pendant 60 minutes, repérez les…

Parfums de la Bastide
Fashion / shopping

Parfums de la Bastide

Aix en Provence

Create contemporary perfumes, sublimate typically natural ingredients from Grasse, it is our bet and why we founded Parfums de la Bastide.

Where to eat

Le Petit Verdot
Food guide restaurant

Le Petit Verdot

Aix en Provence

Wine bar, traditional Provençal and Mediterranean cuisine.

L'Epicurien
Food guide restaurant

L'Epicurien

Aix en Provence

Its one bad point? Too small! This raw and cosy bistro is where talented chef Ludovic Aillaud delivers up inspired dishes made with high-quality produce, ever-faithful to his philosophy of enjoying life to the full. This modest man has a nose for good food. The service is fast, the menu is lively…

Les Deux Garçons
Food guide restaurant

Les Deux Garçons

Aix en Provence

Les Deux Garçons Brasserie, in the unique consular setting period of the Hotel De Gantes, is named in memory of the two waiters who had bought it in 1840 . It holds the memory of many past celebrities such as Raimu , Jouvet, Mistinguett , Churchill, Sartre , Picasso, Piaf, Cendrars , Trenet ,…

Jacquou Le Croquant
Food guide restaurant

Jacquou Le Croquant

Aix en Provence

Step behind the mouth-watering, vintage window and dive into the rustic, arched stone cellars to take a bite out of south-wastern France! Antonia regales her guests with cassoulet, confits, magret and foie gras… And as all the local goose fans know, Antonia also sells a succulent range of…

O Zen - Le Passage
Food guide restaurant

O Zen - Le Passage

Aix en Provence

At O Zen Le Passage, find the O Zen concept which is already very popular in the three restaurants in Marseille: traditional sweet and savoury Asian buffets, all prepared on the premises, and as much as you can eat, giving you excellent value, speed, variety and quality. In the evenings, try the…

Les 2 Frères
Food guide restaurant

Les 2 Frères

Aix en Provence

Not to be confused with Les Deux Garçons on Cours Mirabeau. This duet - brothers Stéphane and Olivier Bencherif have headed out of the town centre to set up their trendy and zen brasserie complete with car park and luxuriant terrace, in a residential quarter of Aix. Loosen your tie… The decor…

La Table du Pigonnet
Food guide restaurant

La Table du Pigonnet

Aix en Provence

The chic “bistronomic” restaurant La Table du Pigonnet in the Le Pigonnet Hotel serves traditional French cuisine with Mediterranean and regional influences, bringing out the best in seasonal ingredients. Generosity, sharing and simplicity are the restaurant's watchwords. The new dining room…

Fanny's
Cuisine de Provence

Fanny's

Aix en Provence

This little Aix restaurant paints a pretty picture, with its bold red front window and its two dashing young owners. One's first impressions are confirmed with a glance at the menu: simple produce (freshly baked bread, local vegetables from a favourite farmer), seasonal dishes, mixed salads,…

Pierre Reboul
Food guide restaurant

Pierre Reboul

Aix en Provence

Michelin starred chef Pierre Reboul has left his gourmet restaurant in the center of Aix-en-Provence to open a new one in the heart of the Château La Pioline in a cozy and modern atmosphere. His peculiar cuisine and the best fresh seasonal products from the region and elsewhere.

Inspirations

Lights, Camera, Action! Provence and the Movies

Lights, Camera, Action! Provence and the Movies

The history of cinema in Provence dates back many years. And similarly to the region's artistic hall of fame, it was inspired by light...

As you may know, the very first moving picture was screened by the Lumière brothers ('Lumière' meaning 'light') on September 21st, 1895 in La Ciotat.

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Between Bad Boys and Mia... Rap in Marseille

Thanks to the huge success of bands such as IAM and La Fonky Family, Marseille has earned its status as one of France's foremost rap capitals. Hoisted to heritage status in this city known for its gift of the gab, the movement has propelled a new generation of signature names to the front of the scene: the heirs have arrived.

La Provence

La Provence

Provence is more than a simple destination, it's a whole way of life!

The Olive

The Olive

Terroir

Olive oil, olive soap and olives with herbs… A fruit you can't do without!