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“Huge art gallery” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Musee Calvet

Musee Calvet
Ranked #16 of 88 things to do in Avignon
Certificate of Excellence
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Gweek Cornwall
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137 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Huge art gallery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

many paintigs mostly provincal, together with a large collection of Egyptian artifacts.Air conditioned, so ideal for an afternoon visit when it gets quite hot

Visited August 2013
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Avignon, France
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“A fine museum in a small town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

It is always a pleasure to come across an elegant museum in a small town. The Calvet has an interesting collection of art and furniture. Displays were well organized and staff was able to answer questions.

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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2,451 reviews
1,375 attraction reviews
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“Superb repository of fine arts.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

Rue Joseph Vernet is situated in the quieter western half of town. Its not as busy as some of the less culturally inspired sites. But what you see here, is a repository of pre history,Egyptian,Asian and Islamic art . As you marvel at the objets d'arts, Italian and french paintings,you realize that there are 1000's of items on view.
The building itself is magic.Its a prestigious 18th century mansion of a franco-Italian style with a courtyard and garden. Take time to reflect on past soirees and social events that occurred where you are standing. Its a splendid French Baroque theme,set in a wonderful building.
It houses works of art, donated by patrons , collectors and art lovers, from the 16th-20th century. The inventory is staggering. Fields as diverse as Archeology,sculptures,decorative- arts, jostle with porcelain,tapestry and iron ware. Walk further and you discover furniture and paintings from Oceania,Asia and africa

There is a special display dedicated to the Avignon school of Painters,which includes Simon de Chalons and the celebrated Joseph Vernet. Then you climb the marble stairs to the first floor, to discover a room with 75 works of modern art by Bonnard,Manet,Sisley,Vuillad & Claudel. Everything is impressively displayed. Its a museum for those who love Gericault, and paintings from Soutine, Dufy and Vlamnick . Tip....Get the audio- guide, as the sheer volume needs translation to appreciate.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

A beautiful house with a staggering collection of painting, we will certainly go back on our next visit

Visited May 2013
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Chicago, IL
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886 reviews
478 attraction reviews
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“beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

This collection is housed in a lovely chateau. There are some renovations underway. The collection has some Dutch masters, as well as Provencal artists. There is an Egyptian collection on the upper floor. The audio guide provides a fair amount of detailed information about some of the works.

Visited March 2013
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