Musée du Santon

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Marseille , France
49 rue Neuve Ste-Catherine
+33 4 91 13 61 36
Getting there
Metro: Vieux Port
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Opening hours
10am-12.30pm & 2-6.30pm
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One of Provence’s most enduring Christmas traditions are its santons (plaster-moulded, kiln-fired nativity figures), first created by Marseillais artisan Jean-Louis Lagnel (1764–1822). This tiny museum displays a collection of 18th- and 19th-century santons (from the Provençal word santoun, meaning ‘little saint’), and runs visits to its workshops. Its boutique sells everything from nail-sized dogs and pigs to a complete mas (Provençal farmhouse).