Requien, Lapidaire, Calvet… Avignon’s top free museums
Five museums (Calvet, Lapidaire, Petit Palais, Requien, Palais du Roure) that complement each other and offer several thousand works of art – objects, documents, paintings, sculptures – spread across Avignon’s finest buildings. And what’s more, it’s free for all!
The Musée Lapidaire
The Musée Lapidaire or Galerie des Antiques of the Musée Calvet presents the Greek, Roman, Gallo-Roman and Paleo-Christian collections in a gradually renewed presentation.
The Museum Requien, owes its name to its creator Esprit Requien (1788 – 1851) who, in 1840, bequeathed his collections and library to the Musée Calvet. With over 1.2 million specimens, it is one of the most important natural history museums in the region. It regularly presents exhibitions and also houses a major study library and reserves accessible only to researchers.
The Musée du Petit Palais is one of Europe’s leading museums of medieval art. It is classified as a Musée de France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum houses a unique collection of paintings from the Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance (over three hundred Italian primitives), including the Campana collection, a major collection from the Musée Calvet (Ecole d’Avignon from the 13th to the 16th c.) and medieval sculptures from the 12th to the 16th c. from Avignon and the surrounding area.
The Musée du Petit Palais is one of Europe’s leading museums of medieval art.
This center of Provençal culture bears witness to the history of a great Avignon family and an architecture that has been constantly remodeled since the 15th century. Today, as a center for Mediterranean culture, it is dedicated to Provence, its history, traditions, language and literature, as well as to an important collection of bells assembled by Jeanne de Flandreysy.
This is a center for the culture of Provence, with a special focus on its history, traditions, language and literature.
the building and collection together form one of Avignon’s most poetic and historically charged venues. The Ecole d’Avignon is celebrated here, with a panorama of Avignon’s artistic creation from the Renaissance to the Revolution. Paintings, sculptures and objets d’art provide an insight into the richness of this production from the 16th to the 17th c., with works by Simon de Châlons, Nicolas Mignard, Reynaud Levieux and Pierre Mignard, as well as works from the 17th and early 18th c.