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“A real gem”

Musee de la Camargue
Ranked #23 of 73 things to do in Arles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Oakville, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A real gem”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

We didn't expect much from this little museum when we first went in, but it depicts life for people in the Camarge

Visited March 2014
Thank YaleHJ
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West Chester, PA
Level 6 Contributor
418 reviews
220 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Camarguais Culture”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

We arrived at 12:30 as the museum was closing for lunch. No mind - we decided to do the self-guided nature trail despite the blazing sun in June - "Mad dogs and (honorary) Englishmen go out in the midday sun" - we saw only one other couple. It was about a 1-1/2 hour stroll on berms through rice fields, along irrigation canals, and hedgerows to the bull pastures and out to the observation points/ duck blinds in the swamps and marshes. Not much from a birdwatching standpoint - probably only worthwhile if during migration periods. The return trip took us past a Camarguis mas on the way back to the museum.

The museum was a pleasant surprise and out of the sun. Although curated in French, it was a very good way to begin to understand Arlesian/ Camarguis culture with informative exhibits, videos and displays on the way of life and economy of the region - cattle, rice, salt. The gardian (cowboy) collections were outstanding.

Definitely the place to start any visit to the Camargue region or the Parc Naturel.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank WC-Travelers-75
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Kelowna, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
397 reviews
192 attraction reviews
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“Great introduction to the culture of the area”
Reviewed 10 November 2012

We were driving through the camargue enjoying the scenery when we saw a sign for this museum. It is quite modest but very informative. We learned a lot about the social history and culture of the area. Many of the exhibits deal with the agriculture and other industry in the area. We learned about the cattle, horses and the cowboy traditions. This was fairly early in our travels in the area and really sensitized us to this aspect of the culture. I probably would not have noticed discrete road signs regarding manifestations de taureau (bull shows) if I had not visited the museum. Most of the signage in the museum was in Franch but easy enough to follow.

Visited October 2012
Thank Terry L
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