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“Disappointing”

Musee Louis Vouland
Ranked #36 of 95 things to do in Avignon
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Louis Vouland Museum shows a Decorative Art permanent collection (furniture, tapestries, ceramics, paintings and silver smithery) located in an "hôtel particulier" (private mansion) from the XIXth century which leads to a back garden.
Reviewed 30 June 2016

I'd looked forward to visiting this museum but it wasn't what i expected. Yes, it's small but i wouldn't have minded that too much in other circumstances. What i disliked was that the period furniture and decorative objects have been mixed with pieces of modern art, a mix which does neither the new nor the old any favours. To add insult to injury, as we were literally the only visitors in the house, we were followed from room to room by an employee. I wouldn't have taken any of the modern art if it were offered to me!

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Reviewed 17 April 2016

My wife and I were looking for something else to see in Avignon while our friends toured the former papal palace. The museum, set in an old Avignon mansion, offers an experience as if you are visiting someone's home from the early 1800's. The period furniture is not roped off, but rather just arranged in each room as if waiting for the evening's guests to arrive. The chinese-themed bedroom with its collection of carved ivory pieces. is mot impressive. However, at 6 euros per person it is a bit pricey. Total time for a leisurely visit: under an hour.

Thank BRIAN R
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Reviewed 23 February 2016

We used to be neighbours so it became my local museum, always following what was going on - and the curator never stops inventing themed events and visiting exhibitions, always so well done and informative. The museum had an evening celebrating renovations that had taken place in December last year (at the same time as our old home 2 doors down). All this incredible work were done by the incredible organisation Monuments Historique, as the buildings are grade one listed, making sure the Avignon heritage is not left to decay, organised and overseen by its expert Architect. The rooms are set ‘almost as was’ with splendid collection of furnitures, paintings and porcelain. In the old ‘caves’ there’s a well spaced exhibition area for visiting collections, often themed. The staff are most kind and helpful. But don’t stop there, visit all the amazing museums Avignon has to offer, all quite stunning for such a small town. One would have to go to Paris for any near match of collections of art.

Thank peter r
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Visited this museum partly because it was raining, and partly because I am interested in interior decor and wanted to see the inside of the house in which the museum is located. However, for 4 Euros (discounted with the Avignon pass) I expect more. The museum consists of one room downstairs, which is filled with old furniture (no explanations in English though), and then a few small rooms upstairs. That is it apart from a modern exhibition space which had an exhibition of mushrooms and butterflies/moths/beetles. Not quite sure what relationship this had to interiors, but there you go. Nice, but not at all good value for money in my opinion. English explanations would have been a good starting point.

1  Thank Squrrel13
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

This is an elegant little museum in what was once a private house. Downstairs, in an annexe, there was a temporary exhibit of an extensive naturist collection. Drawings of mushrooms and butterfly collections. Interesting.
Upstairs is where the real collection is. Louis Vouland was a wealthy collector who brought together a vast number of 17th and 18th century clocks, ornaments and pieces of furniture for display in what was once his home. There are some excellent items here, in a lavish setting showing off how the wealthy French would have once lived in Avignon. Very enjoyable.
But, there are absolutely no signs or any information in English. Many times we wondered just what we were looking at and where it came from. I would have given this an Excellent rating if there had been some information in English.

2  Thank Jay H
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