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St-Rémy-de-Provence is well known as a home for artists, musicians, and painters. For a time it was the home of Vincent Van Gogh and was the place where he created some of his most famous paintings, including Starry Night. Because of its rich tradition as a place for artists, St-Rémy's Musée de Alpilles, its art museum, is a great place to spend an afternoon. The museum, located on Place Favier, is closed during the months of January and February. The rest of the year it is open seven days a week. Call for hours: 04 90 9268 24.
Another well known product of St-Rémy-de-Provence is perfume. The long perfume-making tradition in the city is due in part to the centuries of trade that regions in Southern France had with Africa and the Far East where may of the ingredients for making perfume originate. Le Musée des Arômes et Parfumes at 34 Mirabeau houses antique perfume distillery equipment and other perfume making supplies, some of which are thousands of years old. It also serves as the laboratory for the local parfumier, Florame, so visitors can see how perfume is made. The museum is free. Groups are welcome, but tours are by appointment only. Call for hours: 33 490 92 48 70.