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Musee de la Lavande
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Lavender and Villages in Provence Small Group Day Trip
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lavender Museum is in Coustellet, France, in the heart of the Luberon Regional Natural Park. The museum is entirely dedicated to true lavender. Since 1991, it has been hosting visitors from the world over. The Lavender Museum tells the story of the crop of true lavender, its history, its challenges, and its future. It describes the properties and qualities of true lavender. Georges Lincelé founded the Lavender Museum to shine the light on the significance and beauty of true lavender, the symbol of Provence. Travel to the heart of the universe of true lavender, and enjoy a lively, instructive and fun journey, with films, unique collections, and interactive events…
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
London, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Still good”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

This museum has plenty of examples of stills used to make lavender oil, in fact if stills are your thing then look no further. The front desk had a slow moving queue when we arrived, as the over-worked cashier also had to explain how to use the audio guide. In the middle of our transaction a coach driver pushed in and was given preferential treatment. The route map did not really match the layout and some parts of the audio guide said things like "on the top shelf..." when there was no shelf. The gift shop was delightful, if pricey. There were vending machines outside in a picnic area, but what the place needed was a decent cafe. Worth a detour.

Visited July 2014
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Durham, North Carolina
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Small museum, large gift shop”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

There is a very interesting film, explaining how the lavender is harvested and the essence distilled (much like alcohol is done at a moonshine still). Some older distilling appliances are shown, then you enter a gift shop to buy all sorts of lavender products. The staff, as most of the people in this area of France, were friendly and helpful. One young lady working there spoke English better than me.

Visited July 2014
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Cowes, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very informative.”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

We found the museum interesting and informative. We visited after we'd seen the lavender fields, so lots of the questions we had, were answered in the information. Everything was well organised, staff friendly and helpful. Very impressed with the linguistic skills of the staff. There were lots of people there, when we visited, including a couple of coach parties. As it is so popular, think the car parking needs to be extended and maybe the room in the museum extended.

Visited July 2014
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Alicante, Spain
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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A fragrant tourist trap”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

Beautiful place. Lots of coaches and cars parked outside. The museum visit (can't remember the fee, but definetely expensive) reasonably well-organised, takes about an hour and it's basically only a film, so we decided to skip it and go directly to the shop at the back of the building. The marvellous scent of lavender overwhelms you even before you enter the place. Once inside, surrounded by a trendy , well illuminated, Provence-style atmosphere, you can buy almost any highly overpriced lavender product you like. Of course you can do this if your visit to Provence is a quick one; if not, forget about it until you find a normal shop where you can get similar stuff for half the price.

Visited June 2014
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Nyon, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“small but interesting”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

cool audioguides, airconditoning throughout the whole building, very good value for money at their shop compared to all other shops that sell lavander goods

Visited June 2014
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