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Address: Hotel d'Estienne-de-St-Jean | 17, rue Gaston-de-Saporta, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
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Interesting & deserted ,, my kind of museum

Interesting & deserted ,, my kind of museum. The title says it all ,, now I have to type another 31 characters. Done it, that's good. But I've just remembered that I should... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

They have a smallish collection of some interesting things, the creche that talks, a little of this, a room with a painted ceiling, some masks that Roi Rene commissioned. It's very nice. The Fetes Dieu room was interesting.

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Samoens
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Interesting & deserted ,, my kind of museum. The title says it all ,, now I have to type another 31 characters. Done it, that's good. But I've just remembered that I should mention the ceiling. So consider it mentioned & enjoy a pleasant 20 minutes in this small, quiet museum ,, and don't forget to look up.

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Brookfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum to enjoy the architecture of a hotel particulier and were delighted by the stairs, the ceilings (wow) and the doors. What we did not expect was the freaking amazing art the museum houses. We especially loved seeing the "Annunciation", which is part of a triptych by Barthélemy d'Eyck, a relative of Jan Van Eyck. He was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

The museum is so small that one might complain if there were a fee, but there isn't. The house itself is worth seeing, as are the exhibits -- particularly (at least as of this writing) a justly famous Van Eyk Annunciation that is normally in the nearby Eglise de Madeleine, which is closed for restoration.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

This small museum (just one floor of a beautiful 17th century town house) has beautiful original features, particularly the ceilings; refined furniture; and displays of puppets, friezes and panels showing processions from the 18th & 19th centuries.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

This is a free museum, in an old house (hotel) with antiques from Aix. Really lovely. There are two absolutely stunning ceilings, and several displays of santons (carved figures from clay).

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

Free to step in to view the history of Aix. Lots about the festival procession - but not English explanation.

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Paris, France
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2014

We were lingering at the doorstep of the beautifull old building, venturing a little bit inside to watch a maquette of old Aix, still unsure of what we had to pay and if the museum would be worth it (our Michelin guidebook said Eur 4, but that often is outdated). A man came out of a side room and asked... More 

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Deep River, Connecticut
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93 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

The display of antique marionettes, dioramas of the glory days of life in Aix, and other memorabilia is impressive. The old mansion is a delightful way to view what life once was for the wealthy inhabitants. Admission is free and the visit worthwhile.

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

Having just read MFK Fisher's book, "Two Towns in Provence" (a recounting of her years in Aix and Marseilles), I understood the references and displays of the religious processions. They were an important part of the Aixois life. The other items were lovely, but random. As others have said it's only 15 minutes. So give it a stop and enjoy... More 

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