Culture makes up a large part of many holidays…
There are many beautiful museums and galleries to visit on the French Riviera near the Domaine du Colombier 5 star Holiday village.

Modern art, oriental art, traditional museums, from Draguignan to Nice you can enjoy the culture of the region. Various artists have stayed in Provence and have left some of their best work. Some illustrious benefactors have also contributed to enriching the regional heritage. The Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence is one of the jewels of the region.

All this is within easy distance of the 5 star Domaine du Colombier Holiday village on the French Riviera.

Culture and museums


The History of Provence.

The region of Provence was settled very early on. Although there are no traces of the Palaeolithic age, the caves near La Colle do provide evidence of the Neolithic age. The region was under Roman rule from 154BC.
Provence remained under the rule of several families of Roman origin until 880. Wars raged until 972 as the Earl of Burgundy and his Sarecen allies continued their conquest. While the regions lower Durance and Apt did not provide much resistance, other regions were fervently protected by landowners.

At the end of the 10th century after the capture Mayeul, abbot of Cluny the Freinet fortress, the base of the Sarecens in the Golf of St-Tropez, was taken by William, Count of Provence. Given the name ‘the liberator’, he divided the land between his comrades thus creating several feudal houses:- Princes of Antibes, Viscounts of Nice, Earls of Provence etc…

The museum of Provencal art and traditions


35km from the Domaine du Colombier

In Draguignan, this museum houses artefacts from pre-industrial, rural life in Mid-Provence. Situated in the heart of the old town, the museum houses exhibitions allowing you to discover the many agricultural techniques unique to the region as well as the various local craft industries. Olive growing, tanneries, the cork, ceramic and shoe-making industries are all represented through photos and tools from the time.


The Draguignan town museum


35km from the Domaine du Colombier

In Draguignan, in the old Ursuline monastery across 6 exhibition rooms you will discover works from the French, Italian and Dutch schools. In this 19th century museum paintings from the great artists of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries (Rembrandt, Ruben, Van-Loo, Renoir…) hang alongside bronze and marble sculptures of equally prestigious artists (Houdon, Canova…) A magnificent collection of ceramics and porcelain as well as a room dedicated to local history and archaeology complete the museum.


Maeght foundation Saint-Paul-de-Vence


59km from Domaine du Colombier

The Marguerite and Aimé Maeght Foundation is a unique example of a private foundation in Europe. It was inaugurated on 28th July 1964 by André Malraux, the Cultural Affairs minister at the time. This architectural ensemble was conceived and funded entirely by Aimé and Marguerite Maeght as a place to house all forms of modern and contemporary art.

An original museum surrounded by nature; the Maeght foundation is an exceptional site which houses one of the most impressive collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and works of graphic, 20th century modern art in Europe (Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Chillida, Giacometti, Léger, Miró, Ubac) as well as many contemporary artists (Adami, Calzolari, Caro, Del Re, Dietman ,Kelly, Mitchell, Monory, Oh Sufan, Takis, Tàpies…).

The Maeght Foundation at Saint-Paul de Vence often offers new exhibitions.

Maeght foundation:

The museum of Asian arts


67km from the Domaine du Colombier

Located in Nice, this museum designed by the Japonese architect Kenzo Tange opened in 1998. Made of white marble and complete with an artificial lake, visitors are charmed by its clean lines and technical oddities. This museum, whose goal is to present a complete picture of Asian culture owes its originality to the way its collections are presented and to its introduction to the Asian way of life. The museum’s curator, Ms. Marie-Pierre Foissy-Aufrère (who was also the curator at the Peitit Palais in Avignon) has successfully allowed visitors to immerse themselves in work representing Asian art and the traditional rituals of daily life and religious life over the centuries. Having admired the exhibitions, paintings, objects, textiles and ceramics; visitors can attend tea ceremonies, listen to recitals or enjoy a dance performance according to the events calendar.

The museum of Asian arts: