Extraordinary Museum of Georges Mazoyer, Vaucluse visitors guide
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On the edge of the village of Ansouis, in the Luberon region of Provence, the Extraordinary Museum of Georges Mazoyer (Musée Extraordinaire de Georges Mazoyer) is a most unusual museum and collection of artefacts and works of art.
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France This Way comment: the 'Extraordinary Museum' in Ansouis is a most remarkable museum, quite small but entertaining to visit, and currently run by the daughter of the artist who also adds to the experience of a visit with her enthusiasm and 'insider knowledge'.
The museum is based around the collections and artworks of Georges Mazoyer, a diver both in the Mediterranean and around the world and also an artist of the region. It was Georges Mazoyer himself who created his studio here in 1955 and founded the museum in 1975.
The museum is housed in a typical Provencal house dating from medieval times, and there are various vaulted rooms that feature a wide range of objects, such as shells, rocks and fish that Mr Mazoyer collected during his career as a diver.
More interestingly perhaps there are also many artworks by Mr Mazoyer, including paintings, stained glass and objects created out of items found in the sea. After enjoying the exhibits you pas through a passageway of blue and green stained glass that represents the ocean.
Upstairs in the museum you can see the studio in which the artist worked, and in the garden in front of the museum there are various larger works of art.
The 'Extraordinary Museum' is on the edge of Ansouis , on the Rue du Vieux Moulin to the south of the centre of the village, and clearly signposted from the centre of the village.
The museum is open every afternoon from 14.00 - 18.00, and from 10.00 - 19.00 during June to September.
It is open 7 days a week except annual leave from 15-29 February and 20 September - 5 October. A small admission charge is payable (3.50 euros when we visited,with reductions for children).
The village of Ansouis is in the south of the Luberon region of Provence. Although less visited than some of the more famous of the villages in the Luberon it is a lovely village and classified among the "most beautiful villages of France" and a visit is recommended.
You will also certainly want to visit the pretty village of Cucuron, a few kilometres north of the Extraordinary Museum of Ansouis, and Lourmarin, a lovely village and castle to the west of here, during the same visit.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Ansouis: most beautiful village
- Jardin à la française du Pavillon de Galon: remarkable garden (5 km)
- Jardin du château de Val Joanis: remarkable garden (6 km)
- Lourmarin: most beautiful village (9 km)
- Luberon: regional natural parc (11 km)
- Abbaye de Silvacane (La Roque-d'Antheron): religious monument (13 km)
- Jardin de la Louve: remarkable garden (16 km)
- Apt: recommended detour (16 km)
- Jardin d'Eguilles: remarkable garden (21 km)
- Gorges de Régalon: site of natural beauty (21 km)
- Colorado Provencal: site of natural beauty (21 km)
- Roussillon: most beautiful village (23 km)
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