Discover, with the whole family, on your own and just the two of you, the unusual museums, folk museums and other unexpected things to see. There are museums featuring the world of sweets, the world of perfume, toys, clocks and other fields that give you a playful approach to the area.
ENTRAIGUES SUR LA SORGUE
A museum in the spirit of the times …
For over 30 years now, Roy Baierlein and his spouse have mastered the art of time. In their Clock Atelier and Museum in Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue, they have given new life to antique clocks of all kinds: wall clocks, bell tower clocks, automatons and music boxes, you will see it there. The Atelier and the museum are set up in a 19th-century industrial building that was once a Ramie plant that closed in 1959. The premises are open to the public on the ground floor of this old factory. With over 2500 works to discover, including many tools, this museum takes you back 400 years in the History of Clockmaking, and tells of the technical and aesthetic evolutions that have made their mark, from the first Louis XIV montre à coq to the 1800’s and 1900’s, and of course there is modern chronography.
By going back to the origin of the watch, we learn how religions divided time to define periods of prayer. The Baierlein’s personal collection includes 25 displays and can be seen during guided visits.
Centre Horloger de Provence.
Avenue de Valobre – 84320 Entraigues sur la Sorgue Open Tuesday to Saturday, 2 to 7pm. Tel: 04 90 82 99 11
The museum that tastes so good!
The advertising jingle that tells us “Haribo c’est beau, la vie!” is a familiar refrain that conjures up the famous French bonbons beloved by all ages. The favourite brand of French children (and lots of adults who are children at heart!) has its very own museum not far from Avignon, in Uzès. Welcome to the kingdom of sweets, sour candy, colour and legendary sweets such as Car en sac, dragibus, fraises tagada.
Visit the Haribo museum with the whole family, and learn all about the mystery of the world of Haribo bonbons: the origin, how they are made, what is candy, how do you make it? Hands-on for children and a yummy tasting round out the visit. Moderation is a key word!
Open 6 days/7, open 10am to 1pm and 2 to 6pm, closed Mondays (except bank holiday Mondays and school holiday Mondays). 7/7 in July and August 9:30am to 7pm. Last tickets sold 1 hour before closing time.
A museum… that smells divine!
It’s the iconic symbol of Provence and people come from around the world to see the flowering fields and breathe in the scent that is so full of relaxing properties … Lavender! In Coustellet, since 1991, the Lavender Museum welcomes 50,000 visitors a year, in the heart of the Luberon Regional Natural Park. The museum is a former traditional farmhouse, and here you will learn the difference between lavender and lavandin, you will discover the history of the lavender crop and learn all about the virtues and the future of this blue gold, a true treasure.
The museum is a lovely space that continues to develop and change for a lively, instructive visit. It is the natural extension of the Château du Bois lavender farm and is a fun and fragrant place to visit!
Lavender Museum -276 Route de Gordes – 84220 COUSTELLET Tel +33 (0)4 90 76 91 23 – Open February-April 9-12:15 /2 to 6pm. May to September 9am to 7pm non-stop. October-December 9am-12:15 /2 to 6pm. Closed in January.