Avignon – Musée Calvet ©ABRY Hélène

Avignon from museum to museum

A vast array of paintings

1 day

Distance :
3 Km

Le Petit Palais

La Collection Lambert

The popes marked the town with their presence in the 14th century and their time here has had a lasting influence on daily life in Avignon.
With this itinerary, discover the key buildings that bear witness to the golden age of the City of the Popes.


Petit Palais
84000 Avignon



Step 1: The Petit Palais

Let’s start with the museum that’s home to the oldest collections: the Musée du Petit Palais

With its “Campana” collection of primitive Italian works, the Petit Palais also displays sculptures and paintings from the Ecole d’Avignon.

A former archiepiscopal palace converted into a museum, this building is ideal for exhibiting works that depict religious scenes or mythology.
Also, see works by Sandro Botticelli.

Take note

  • Free entry
  • The Petit Palais is a former episcopal residence built when the popes first came to Avignon

Step 2: Calvet Museum – A journey from the 16th to 20th centuries

At the Musée Calvet, travel through time thanks to collections of art objects, drawings, sculptures and paintings from the 16th to 20th centuries.

Formerly a hôtel particulier (private townhouse), but now Avignon’s Museum of Fine Art, this museum charms visitors just as much through its collection as it does through its architecture.
In a long, bright upstairs room, you’ll particularly appreciate Joseph Vernet’s seascapes and depictions of waves in a storm.
The richness of this collection not only enables you to travel through centuries, but also to travel between countries – from France to the Netherlands, to Spain and Italy…

Take note

  • Free entry
  • The ‘hôtel particulier Villeneuve’, today home to the Musée Calvet, dates from the 18th century and was once the biggest aristocratic residence in Avignon

Step 3: Angladon Museum – the biggest names of modern art

The Jacques Doucet Collection contains works by internationally renowned artists that were collected by Doucet up to the 20th century

Entering the Angladon Museum is like going on two journeys:
– First of all, travel through the world of modern and contemporary art with works by Picasso, Modigliani, Degas, Sisley, Van Gogh, and others
– An invite into the calm, atmospheric home of the Angladon-Dubrujeaud couple, heirs of Parisian fashion designer Jacques Doucet. The presence of this couple is almost tangible in this former townhouse, especially in the library where their books can still be found.

Step 4: Louis Vouland Museum

For fans of decorative arts, a trip to the Louis Vouland Museum is not to be missed.

This museum houses works gathered by collector Louis Vouland.
The pieces of furniture on display represent different Renaissance styles of the 18th century. Well-informed amateurs will recognize the stamps of Migeon, Ellaume and Tuart.

The collection is rounded off with sets of earthenware and porcelain, and several decorative objects such as clocks, lighting and fine pieces by goldsmiths and silversmiths.
The art blends perfectly with the sense of intimacy created by the setting, in a building which was formerly a private mansion in the 18th century.

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Step 5: Lambert Collection – contemporary art

Your exploration of Avignon’s art museums will come to an end with the Lambert Collection and its exhibitions on contemporary artists

Room by room, the Lambert Collection displays works that play with forms, materials, and colours through its permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions, exploring our relationship with the world and awakening our senses.
With works by Basquiat, Tabouret, Sol Lewitt and Buren, the collection gathers a number of big names regularly showcased one after the other in temporary exhibitions and new exhibitions featuring works permanently on display at the museum.

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