Fodor's Expert Review Museon Arlaten


Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

After years of renovation, this fascinating museum is scheduled to reopen 2018. When it does, the quirky collection will plunge you right into post-Roman Arles. Created by the father of the Provençal revival, turn-of-the-20th-century poet Frédéric Mistral, it enshrines a seemingly bottomless collection of regional treasures ranging from 18th-century furniture and ceramics to a mixed-bag collection of toothache-prevention cures. There are spindled-oak bread boxes (mounted high on the wall like bird cages); bizarre traditional talismans (a ring fashioned from the third nail of a horseshoe to ward off hemorrhoids); the signature Arlésienne costumes, with their pretty shoulder scarves crossed at the waist; dolls and miniatures; an entire Camargue gardian hut, with reconstructed interior; and dioramas with mannequins—tiny tableaux of Provençal life. Following Mistral's wishes, women in full Arlésienne costume oversee the labyrinth of lovely 16th-century halls.

Quick Facts

29–31 rue de la République
Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  13200, France


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Closed until 2018 (old hrs: Apr., May, and Sept., Tues.–Sun. 9:30–noon and 2–5:30; June–Aug., daily 9:30–12:30 and 2–6; Oct.–Mar., Tues.–Sun. 9:30–12:30 and 2–6:30).

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