New programme at the Lavender Museum

There’s no mystery about it – the reason the Lavender Museum has become a Provence must-see is that it offers visitors something new every year, and we can only congratulate it! This year there are themed activities, such as the gourmet trail giving visitors the chance to finally taste the lavender (yes, really!) and a ‘tour for the nose’ giving an unforgettable sensory experience. And there’s more!

 

One of the reasons to stop off at the Lavender Museum is because it’s so easy! No need to climb a mountain, cross swathes of limestone or wear out your tyres on endless winding road, because the museum is conveniently located in Coustellet, at the entrance to the Luberon Regional Park.

 

This makes the museum very accessible, with its large carpark for cars and coaches (as well as bikes!), but also very picturesque, housed in a dry-stone Provençal building and surrounded by a Mediterranean garden planted with lavender bushes and olive trees.

 

Another reason is because every visitor is guaranteed the warmest of welcomes – warm AND professional. The museum is a family venture set up in 1991 by the Lincelé family, who have been producing and distilling fine lavender since 1890 just a few winding mountain roads away at Château du Bois in Lagarde d’Apt. Founder Georges Lincelé, along with Jack and, soon, Max, are passionate champions of real Provençal lavender, inspiring their teams with pride in their work and fostering a real sense of hospitality.

And a final reason is the irresistible appeal of diving into this sensory universe, smelling the perfumes and admiring the shiny old copper stills that conjure up hot southern summers and the fragrant hills.

 

Below are some new options for groups, making a visit to the museum even more tempting.

 

The gourmet visit

In addition to the standard tour, the guide will explain the different ways lavender is used, particularly in cookery. Visitors can taste local specialities made with lavender essential oil (meringues, macaroons and honey) accompanied by a herbal tea or lavender cordial. And no one will want to leave without the recipe cards included with the visit!

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Price: €6.80 per person for groups of over 20, €7.80 per person for groups of 10 to 19.

The ‘tour for the nose’

In addition to the standard tour, visitors can enjoy a vertical olfactory sampling, exploring the different varieties of AOP fine lavender essential oil produced between 2010 and 2017, with the help of the olfactory pyramid of fragrance.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Price: €6.80 per person for groups of over 20, €7.80 per person for groups of 10 to 19.

The environmental visit

This tour takes participants on a trail through the exhibition areas and gardens, exploring topics such as protecting bees, soil preservation, the character of the terroirs, and water scarcity – subjects that are very much on the modern agenda! The tour concludes with a herbal tea, and visitors are presented with a handbook to lavender growing.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Price: €6.80 per person for groups of over 20, €7.80 per person for groups of 10 to 19.

 

The private tour

The museum offers two options for a private tour, both including a visit to Château du Bois, the lavender-growing estate with its 17th-century master’s house surrounded by lavender fields, a Provençal brunch served with a glass of champagne, a tour of the Lavender Museum and a guided tour of the village of Gordes, stopping off at Sénanque Abbey.

Duration: 1 day

Price from €135 per person, package sold by Luberon Cœur de Provence incoming@luberoncoeurdeprovence.com / T. 33 (0)4 90 71 32 01

 

And let’s not forget the standard tours:

For individual visitors

Botanical explanations on arrival (the difference between fine lavender and hybrid lavender), a film of 10′ on harvesting and distillation at Château du Bois, then an exploration of the history of lavender from the 16th century to the present in the exhibition room housing the world’s largest collection of lavender stills. The museum shop features products made in Provence from AOP essential oil produced at Château du Bois (phyto-cosmetics, sachets and bouquets).

Audio guide in 10 languages (FR / EN / DE / IT / SP / PT / NL / RU / ZH / JA).

Children won’t get bored, thanks to a fun quiz and a ‘Young Lavender-grower’s Diploma’ presented to them at the end of the visit. Free for children under 15.

Patio and garden with tables and chairs for picnicking.

July and August: distillation demonstration in the museum gardens, using a still from the year 1900 (except for Saturdays).

Admission price: €6.80 per person

For groups:

Standard tour

Guided one-hour tour of the Lavender Museum. The visit covers every facet of lavender including botany, production, distillation throughout history, and beneficial properties.

Price: €4.50 per person for groups of 20 or more, €5.50 per person for groups of 10 to 19.

 

Musée de la Lavande

276 route de Gordes – D2

Hameau de Coustellet

84220 Cabrières d’Avignon

www.museedelalavande.comcontact@museedelalavande.com

T. 33 (0)4 90 769 123