29, Rue de la République
Phone: +33 4909 358 11
Fax: +33 4909 380 55

Museon Arlaten

Founded in Arles at the end of the nineteenth century by the poet Frédéric Mistral, the ethnographic Museon Arlaten serves as a site of memory for Provence’s unique history and culture.
Following Mistral’s reception of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1904, and the prize money that accompanied this, he was able to install his collection in the hotel Laval-Castellante, a wonderful example of fifteenth and sixteenth century Provencal architecture.
Thus, the museum became a site of conservation for a disappearing, and almost mythical culture. Donations of costumes, furniture, tools, and objects of culture and superstition by generations of Provencal families greatly enriched Mistral’s collection and objective.
The museum is currently undergoing structural renovation works, during which time the museum’s program will be located in several sites around the town. This project aims to modernize the museum and make it a pole of reference within the ethnographic field. The museum is also taking this period of renovation as an opportunity to develop its public education program.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Permanent Collection

Today, the principal missions of the museum are multidisciplinary research, conservation of patrimony, and the diffusion of its collections. Containing over 30 000 objects, the collection invites visitors to a voyage through time, to the discovery of a past which can still resonate within our contemporary society. Situated at the heart of the town of Arles, the museum’s architectural history lends much to its role and character.
As well as the purely ethnographic objects, the collection contains fine art objects (painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography) and science objects (archaeology, history, numistmatics). Replicas and scale models of certain objects emphasize the educational element of the museum. A third of the collection is exhibited, while two thirds remain in the museum’s reserves.
The collection is enriched by purchases, privates bequests and donations, and is currently growing by .25% each year (25% every ten years).


16 June – 6 January 2008
An exhibition of photographs, documents and ethnographic objects, charting the journey made by exiled Armenians to Marseille, and the methods of carpet fabrication that were developed and propagated along this jouney.
The exhibition takes place in collaboration with la biblioteque Nubar, l’Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, the Tchouhadijan family, the ARAM and the Pierre de Gigord collection.


Individual 1€
Free to under 18s, and all public on the first Sunday of the month

Opening hours

9am-12pm / 2pm-5pm (September, April and May)
9am-12pm / 2pm-4.30pm (October-March)
9.30am-12.30pm / 2pm-6pm (June- August)
Closed on Mondays from October to June
Closed 1 November, 25 December, 1 January and 1 May

Getting there

By car: direction “centre ville

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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As a site of memory, the Museon Arlaten is also a site of reflection and sharing. The Cultural and Educative action department liaises between the museum and the public. Tours, workshops, concerts and performances are on offer to allow each visitor to discover the collection through their individual interests and imagination.
Programs are designed for the young public, students, adults , and associations.
Educative documentation is also available, as well as specially designed texts for students and teachers.
Please contact the department on +33 (0) 4 90 52 52 48, or contact Celine Salvetat at cé