A stately home in the 17th century, it became the Aix-en-Provence history museum in 1932. The collections, composed of donations made by the museum's founder, Marie d'Estienne de Saint Jean , evoke the history and traditions of Aix-en-Provence in a beautiful aristocratic residence.
Furniture, china, figurines, santons (Provençal crib figures) and religious puppets are among the items to be discovered. The Paravent de la Fête Dieu (a Corpus Christi screen) represents an ancient Aix-en-Provence festival.
Other feature of the museum: a modello by GB Gaulli, a mock-up of his plans for the baptistère de Saint Pierre de Rome.