Musée des Santons des Baux

Les Baux de Provence - Cultural place

The Santon Museum contains a large number of items, including exceptional Neapolitan figurines, scenes illustrating Provençal and Les Baux traditions linked to the Nativity and a documentary on the making of santons. The Museum houses a range of collections, including 17th and 18th century Neapolitan figurines, 19th century church santons whose painted papier-maché faces and sulphur glass eyes are the work of the Carmelite Nuns of Avignon and works by the famous santon-makers Carbonnel, Fouque, Jouve, Peyron Campagna, Toussaint, Thérèse Neveu, Louise Berger and Simone Jouglas. The traditional ceremony of shepherds' offering, known as 'Pastrage', is portrayed against the background of Les Baux de Provence, in front of the village church. A traditional Provençal nativity scene and the everyday life of a 19th century family are presented in two large display cases. For children, a range of small, naively-painted and brightly-coloured santons is placed at their level. 'Making a santon means playing at being God the Father and like Him, creating a man from clay'. This wonderful sentence by the historian Marcel Provençal accurately sums up the work of the santon-maker, which is filled with the magic of creation. Open every day, all year round; free entrance.

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Information provided by OT Les Baux de Provence

  • Contact

    Musée des santons
    Place Louis Jou
    13520 Les Baux de Provence

  • Phone

    • 04 90 54 34 39
  • Fax

    04 90 54 51 15

  • Website

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Where to stay

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Villa Piscine-Spa-Boulodrome

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Domaine le Hameau des Baux
Hotel

Domaine le Hameau des Baux

Le Paradou

In the purest respect for tradition, love of old stone buildings and the materials of yesteryear, this Hamlet brings charming old buildings back to life. A barn, a shed, a chapel, a dovecote, and a mill now serve a single cause: to reveal this little secret world to a privileged few. Most rooms…

Le Mas des Marguerites - Chambre Lavande
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Le Mas des Marguerites - Chambre Lavande

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Chambres d'hôtes de charme à Maussane-Les-Alpilles, le Mas des Marguerites est idéalement situé pour découvrir la Provence. Niché dans la vallée des Baux de Provence (4kms du village des Baux-de-Provence), au coeur des Alpilles, entre le Lubéron et la Camargue et à proximité de Saint…

La Glycine
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La Glycine

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Independent gite in the wild, green and calm Baux de Provence foothills, on a 2-hectare countryside property with farm animals, 4 other gites available nearby, a secure area for all vehicles. Gd floor : Kitchen/living room/nook. 1 double bedroom. 1 bedroom with 4 single beds included bunkbed.…

Les Lavandes
Holiday rental

Les Lavandes

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2 gîtes adjoining the owner's Provençal farmhouse 3kms from Les Baux de Provence. Quiet. Gd fl: kitchen, living rm, 1 twin bedrm, 1 double bedrm, shower rm, WC. Elec heating. TV aerial socket. Pinewoods. Private patio and unfenced garden with garden furniture. Barbecue, parking (vehicle…

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Guest room in an 18th century Provençal Mas.

Best Western Aurélia
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Best Western Aurélia

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La Ripaille
Hotel

La Ripaille

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Establishment of Provençal style located in the countryside between the villages of Baux de Provence and Fontvieille. In summer, dining on terrace. Custom half rooms with a balcony. Restaurant: culinary specialities: traditional and Provencal cuisine.

Things to do

Muolin du Calanquet
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Tour and explanation of mill - video film of the manufacturing - tasting products duration of visit: 30 to 40 minutes, reservation required for sold products groups: olive oil, tapenade, jams

Mas Sainte Berthe
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Mas Sainte Berthe

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Master David planted his first vines in 1953. The construction of the Mas Sainte Berthe cellar was completed in 1976; the estate could then produce and sell its first vintage. Located at the foot of the Rocher des Baux, this 39-hectare vineyard planted in chalky, clay soil, produces Les Baux de…

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Un jardin extraordinaire

Mas de la Dame
Wines

Mas de la Dame

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The Mas de la Dame, with a surface area of 57 hectares of vines and 27 of olive groves, is legendary as it is said to have been the retirement home of a mysterious 'Lady' whom the troubadours used to sing about. Mme Missoffe and Mme Poniatowski reign supreme in this 15th century site immortalised…

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Découvrez les santons de Provence :Arterra "la farandole", Marcel Carbonel, Escoffier, Fouque avec son célèbre "coup de mistral". Nappes, tissus provençaux, linge de maison, poteries et bois d'olivier.

A la Campanello - La Grotte du Père François
Souvenirs shopping

A la Campanello - La Grotte du Père François

Les Baux de Provence

In our family shops since 1950, we offer C. Carbonel figurines, craft pottery, Provence fabrics, a large selection of pastis, spirits, Baux Valley products, sundials and Alpilles spices and scents. Open all year.

Chapelle Saint Blaise
Monument

Chapelle Saint Blaise

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The old Romanesque chapel of Saint Blaise, erected by the weavers' and carders' association in honour of their patron saint, dates back to the 12th century. It became the seat of their Brotherhood in the 18th century. This small chapel now screens a film called 'Provence seen from the Sky', which…

Val d'Enfer
Landscape

Val d'Enfer

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Le monde minéral et chaotique des Baux-de-Provence a inspiré de nombreux écrivains. Son paysage tourmenté aux falaises percées de grottes a donné naissance à bien des légendes. Dans le Val d'Enfer, gardé par des monstres de pierre, les légendes et les poètes y logèrent sorcières et…

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Shopping gourmand

Autrefois

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Des chants d'oliviers chahutés par le mistral résonnent du chant des cigales. La terre exhale mille senteurs de lavande, de thym et de plantes aromatiques. Ce paysage intemporel tant de fois peint par Van Gogh, nous éblouit par sa beauté. La Provence c'est aussi des recettes et des produits…

Where to eat

La Cabro d'Or
Food guide restaurant

La Cabro d'Or

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Oustau de Baumanière
Food guide restaurant

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Le Mas d'Aigret
Food guide restaurant

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Table 13

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Food guide restaurant

Ou Ravi Provençau

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Inspirations

Sardines

Sardines

Terroir

This summer fish is the stuff both legends and dishes are made of

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

Christmas in Provence and 'Santon' Figurines

Tradition

Christmas festivities, culture and tradition in the land of the 'Santon' figurine

Chichis and panisses

Chichis and panisses

What will it be - 'Chichis Frégis' or 'Panisses'?! Make your choice at The Estaque quarter of Marseille.

Goat's Cheese

Goat's Cheese

Whether it's served hot with a salad, used to crown a cheese platter, or savoured fresh with honey or olive oil, goat's cheese is an absolute culinary must. Provence's dry, sunny climate is perfect for goat breeding -and that's lucky for us!

Serving tourism

Provence Tourisme est une association loi 1901. Sa mission, confiée par le Département : promouvoir le tourisme dans les Bouches-du-Rhône dans le respect de l’environnement et des habitants et garantir aux visiteurs un accueil de qualité.

The best of the destination

En accord avec les aspirations et les goûts de chacun, Provence Tourisme propose d’incontournables valeurs sûres comme des conseils pour sortir des sentiers battus, grâce à sa connaissance profonde du terrain et de par sa neutralité commerciale.