Carrieres des Lumieres
Carrieres des Lumieres
4.5
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
In the heart of Alpilles, the monumental “Carrieres de Lumieres” host extraordinary multimedia shows which are unique in the world. Spectators are totally immersed in the images projected onto all the surfaces of the rock. The ground is completely covered, too, and becomes a vast carpet of images. The site has reopened its doors with the show “Gauguin - Van Gogh, painters of colour,” created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi with Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi.
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  • Diana Tennis
    Orlando, Florida31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special and fantastic experience that defies description.
    It is impossible to describe this experience adequately. I almost did not book because it seemed potentially kitschy. The scale of what they have managed, in combination with the location and the production value and the music. It was quite simply amazing. It makes the art museum experience just a touch flat...they should all have this level of full sensory immersion. Go.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • LibbyBB
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic show, parking nightmare
    Vermeer to Van Gogh was stunning, and Mondrian was terrific too. It’s worth visiting for the spectacular quarry location alone. But I wonder how many people give up and go home when faced with the impossible-to-decipher parking machine in the car park opposite the entrance. In bright sunlight, the instructions on the screen are unreadable, even for French people, the reflection is so bad. The people in front of us took 10 minutes to work it out, then were kind enough to return and help us when we could not make sense of it. Without them we may have been forced to give up and would have missed out on a wonderful experience.
    Hello and thank you for your positive comment on Carrieres des Lumieres. We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience regarding the parking, it is managed by the municipality. We pass on the information. Looking forward to welcoming you soon. Regards, the Commercial team.
    Written September 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • NatLondres
    140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing for adults (scary at times for young toddlers)
    Phenomenal. It was truly awe inspiring, having been to several other multi sensory shows over the years, none compared. I would love to visit again. One thing to note: it is very dark at times, and the soundtrack includes some quite ‘scary’ music (Romeo and Juliet - Dance of The Knights). Our toddler found the Vermeer section a bit challenging! Loved the Van Gogh part though.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Ready to travel
    Houston, Texas42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fabulous experience -- highly recommended
    Carrieres des Lumieres means "Quarry of Lights." This place was a last minute stop. I did not know what to expect when I was told a light show in an old stone quarry. I have not been to anything like it. It is a show with surround-sound music with different masterpieces (Vermeer to Van Gogh when we were there) projected over the walls at the same time. We walked around to take it in from all angles. It is definitely worth the stop!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Melinda B
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable eperience!
    Absolutely incredible experience! I went a few years ago when they were the first venue to show the Van Gogh exhibition on the towering flat walls of the old quarry. It was magical and unforgettable. So beautifully done. Really, the experience of a lifetime - and I was not all that much of a Van Gogh fan before hand. Also, if you can, make a reservation to have lunch at the nearby winery, Chateau d'Estublon. Also unforgettable. Altogether a day I will always remember.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Mike K
    86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art Gets Creative
    This was part of an optional tour offered by a river cruise. Ideally, an hour and a half should have been allocated in that it takes ten to fifteen minutes to understand how the show is set-up and to decide if you want to stay in one place or wander around the entire show space. Music and animations/graphics were very good. If you like creativity and art, do not miss.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • doctorbobster
    Gainesville, Florida973 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Glorious Display of Light, Colors, Art and Music in a Magical Venue
    Le Carrieres des Lumieres is a magical experience at multiple levels. The venue itself, an old re-purposed rock quarry, makes the perfect setting to display the images on huge rectilinear slabs of white rock. The cool environment makes Carrieres a perfect escape from the summer heat. Then there is the multi-media displayed splashed over the granite walls that you came here for. It is magnificent, beautiful, emotional and perfect. Once our 2.5 year old grand-daughter acclimated to the darkness and imagery, she was running around, chasing the evanescent images across the floor and walls. Just like me.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Ali G
    Orba, Spain307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You've GOT to go!
    You've GOT to go! Put aside the amazing art show and fabulous sound system, the space itself is very impressive. So much so that Chanel had a runway show there a few years ago. The drive up is also lovely with great vistas.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 31, 2023
  • ROB_DIANA_LEO12
    Chicago, Illinois214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Phenomenal Digital Experience
    This is a phenomenal digital experience. We took a taxi from the train station at Arles to the exhibition. Our taxi driver was kind enough to return at our requested time to drive us back to Arles without prepaying. You will be immersed with a sense of awe during the entire show. The exhibition is very spacious and the digital show displays on multiple walls making this an extraordinary experience. You are allowed to use your cell phone to record. Do not miss this experience. We absolutely loved it. TIP: Buy tickets directly from the website in advance so you do not have to wait in line upon your arrival. There was no wait time for those who had pre-purchased tickets.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Basinman
    555 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing show inside a underground limestone quarry.
    Wow! Awesome audio-visual show about Egypt and the Pharoes. This was an unexpected surprise while visiting the hilltop town of Les Baux in the Provance region. You can purchase a combo-ticket at the entrance to the Castle Ruins that includes thus show. It is inside a massive underground limestone quarry about a 10 minute walk from town. The show is projected onto the walls, floors, ceilings of the massive vault. Beautiful images to music immerse you. A highlight of our trip!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2024
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK1,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
On our first visit to Les Baux in the pre-internet age we failed to understand the nature of the ‘spectacle’ wondering how it made sense to have an art exhibition in a quarry (!) and didn’t bother to visit. We subsequently learnt about the attraction that we had missed out on. Years later we seized on the opportunity to visit the Carrières de Lumières while in the general area. It was so worth it.
Now this type of sound and light show can be seen in churches and theatres in British cities but the setting of the disused quarries is something else. The height of the ceilings and the brightness of the limestone make this show unique. The numerous images projected simultaneously on multiple vertical and horizontal surfaces are mesmerising, the music aids the immersive experience.
Initially I was going to book on line but wasn’t sure when we would arrive. The website shows how many tickets are available for each timed entry and I decided to just chance buying on arrival. Seeing the blocked roads and full car parks I worried that this was a mistake but the helpful parking attendant radioed to another attendant to identify spaces and directed us.
We feared that we might have to wait for a later timed entry but we were able to buy tickets quickly from a friendly assistant and walk straight in. The website didn’t make it clear that the shows are on a loop and you can enter and exit part way through AND stay as long as you like.
The spaces are vast and it didn’t feel crowded. You can wander freely but the floor can be uneven and the images projected on the floor often move, however it was easy to find a stone bench to sit on or a wall to lean against.
There’s little in the way of explanation during the show or at the entrance except for a leaflet that you are unlikely to read once you step into the dark but if you make your way towards the cafeteria and toilets there are boards in English and French describing the images and listing the musical extracts. It would be worth watching the show before reading the boards then going back to pick up on elements that you missed.
In high summer the caverns provided respite from the heatwave and weren’t chilly.
Written August 14, 2022
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siomikas
Palanga, Lithuania913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is our definitely one of the best seen, heard and felt art experiences in our life. The place, music and art installations are all amazing and you can see and feel the well known art in a different and astonishing way. If you are in the region of Provence it is a must see place.
Written February 17, 2020
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EffkaKoneffka
Warszawa98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
So I was there in 2014 (just couldn't state that date) when they were showing "Klimt et Vienne". I don't remember that anything before or afterwards made such a huge impression. This hard-to-call exhibition with great music of Beethoven, Staruss and Puccini. This huge space covers, surrounds you with those paintings, there's not difference between walls and floors. Even after so many years I'm still thrilled.
Then afterwards had a chance to see more mobile events like Van Gogh Alive shown in big tents or plants. They were ok. They might've even been considered great, if you hadn't have a chance to watch the show in Carrieres des Lumieres before.
When this covid-madness is finally gone, I'm gonna go there and see whatever there is to watch at the time. Sure it will be great,
Written November 2, 2020
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
A beautiful Cezanne and Kandinsky audiovisual show held in a former excavation site in the mountains of Les Baux de Provence. All safety precautions are being enforced, you must show an EU digital vaccination document, wear a facemask and whenever possible keep safe distance. The amazing show is being projected on multiple surfaces all around - walls, ceiling, floor….there is huge space available where people can move around and view images from. A long corridor, also with projections on the wall, leads to a café and very clean restrooms. A great experience, a must see.
Written August 23, 2021
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mummyofaandw
Chelmsford, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We saw the Vermeer to Van Gogh programme and really enjoyed it - the combination of the art and music was wonderful. We didn’t book on line this time as the French school holidays hadn’t started and there was no queue but the carpark was already almost full at 11am. I know from experience that it can get extremely crowded in peak season so my tip would be to get there very early and get tickets in advance. There’s a small café and loos on site and there seemed to be some construction work near both but that had no impact on the programme. All in all another great experience at Carrières des Lumières.
Written April 8, 2023
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Basinman
555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Wow! Awesome audio-visual show about Egypt and the Pharoes. This was an unexpected surprise while visiting the hilltop town of Les Baux in the Provance region. You can purchase a combo-ticket at the entrance to the Castle Ruins that includes thus show. It is inside a massive underground limestone quarry about a 10 minute walk from town. The show is projected onto the walls, floors, ceilings of the massive vault. Beautiful images to music immerse you. A highlight of our trip!
Written June 2, 2024
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George H
Switzerland451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Wow. Trying to descrice Carriere des Lumieres is tough - you just have to go and experience the magic of an immersive art show in a quarry cavern. It will be a visit you will remember for the rest of you life. Think a dazzling display of images projected on bare rock, all around, whilst incredible classical music accentuates the intensity.

We saw the Venice show and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Provence. The gallery is obvious cold, so wear warmer clothes than for the weather outside.
Written April 15, 2022
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Levi N
Fairfax, VA663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We came here on a recommendation from our hotel and wow were we blown away. We definitely didn't expect this. It was chilly in the cave, but the immersion of art and music made you quickly forget about that. It was mesmerizing. The innovative way they blend the music and art is awe-striking. The total program lasted about 45 minutes overall and flies by. We'd highly recommend a visit if you're anywhere close.
Written December 26, 2021
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FoodieQuine
Aberdeen, UK39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We spent half an hour trying to find a parking space, got ripped off €6 to park there, then got to the door only for an unnecessarily rude woman to tell us that there were no tickets available for another hour and a half (with there being nothing to do in the surrounding area to fill the time). The place is a total con obviously making a fortune from ripping people off for parking when they should have signage as soon as you enter saying there are no tickets available. Avoid.
Written July 9, 2023
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Hello, thank you for your comment. We are deeply sorry for your unpleasant experience. Regarding car parks, it is managed by the municipality. About our immersive exhibitions, you can book your tickets on our website to avoid waiting upon arrival. Also, please know there is just next door the famous village of Les Baux-de-Provence and its castle to visit. Hoping to welcome you again soon at Carrières des Lumières. Regards, the Commercial team.
Written July 10, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Fletch1946
Fair Haven, NJ974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
I have never experienced anything like this before. It is a huge quarry which has been repurposed as a place to display art in a most unusual way. The artist being displayed changes (we saw Chagall) and the art is displayed in a continuously changing light show on the walls and ceiling. Most unusual and fascinating.
Written October 5, 2021
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