Archaeological Museum of the Hôtel Dieu

Located near the Porte d'Avignon, a vestige of the old city walls, the chapel of the former Hôtel-Dieu has housed the collections of the archaeological museum since 1912, which has the "Musée de France" designation.

Place Jean Bastide, porte d'Avignon, 84300, Cavaillon

Page updated on 26/04/2024

The Hôtel-Dieu de Cavaillon museum, managed by the Fondation Calvet, exhibits significant archaeological collections discovered in the region, tracing local history from prehistory to the modern era.

Acquired by the Jouve family in the early 20th century, the former hospital and its chapel were transformed into a museum to preserve Cavaillon's heritage.

The Jouve family, passionate about history and archaeology, enriched the collections with their own excavations and with donations from the community, including prehistoric and ancient artefacts and inscriptions.

On the death of Marie-Thérèse Jouve in 1938, the museum and collections were bequeathed to the Calvet Foundation. Subsequent contributions, notably from the first curator André Dumoulin, have continued to enrich the collections with local discoveries.

Since the 1980s, the emphasis has been on preventive archaeology, with many artefacts added to the museum following urban excavations. These ongoing efforts aim to restore and enhance Cavaillon's archaeological heritage, offering a better understanding of its history and identity through themed exhibitions.

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Opening times and periods

From 01/04 to 30/04.
Closed Tuesday and Sunday.
Open from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

From 02/05 to 30/09.
Closed on Tuesday.
Open from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm.

From 01/10 to 31/03.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.
Open to groups by reservation only.


Combined ticket with the Synagogue / Musée Juif Comtadin :
Full price: €7
Reduced rate: €5 (Groups >10 people, large families, seniors over 60, university students, teachers, jobseekers, RSA recipients).

Free admission (on presentation of valid proof): Under-18s, disability card holders, tourism professionals, journalists, curators, ICOM card holders, Ministry of Culture staff, group leaders.

Free admission for all: 1st Sunday of the month, local, national and European cultural events (Féria du Melon, Nuit des Musées, Journées du Patrimoine, etc.).



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