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Archives Municipales - Musée du Mont de Piété et de la condition des Soies

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OpenFrom 04 January 2016 to 30 December 2016
Open Monday to Friday except bank holidays. Hours: Monday 10 to 12/1:30-5pm, Tuesday to Friday 8:30-12/1:30-5pm.
Collection of objects and documents which trace the history of the oldest "Mont de Piété" (pawnshop) in France, and the history of the Silk Conditioning works, once housed in the former Chapel of Notre-Dame de Lorette. The Avignon Town Archives are a documentary resource centre for the City and its inhabitants and are also a venue for interesting temporary exhibitions. No charge. Guided tours can be organised upon request, and by advance appointment.

This Museum housing objects and documents from the former Mont de Piété (pawnshop) and the Silk Conditioning works has been in existence since 1987 in what was originally the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Lorette, built in the 18th century by Jean-Baptiste Franque. The museum has three distinct spaces which tell the story of the successive activities in this historical site and take the visitor back in time. Objects, works of art and documents take you to 1610 when the oldest pawnshop in France - the "Mont de Piété" was created, and then to 1801 when the silk-conditioning works was opened here. In 1986 the city archives were organised here and in 2008 the Archives Space was open to the public to evoke the role of the City Archives, the memory of Avignon.

The Avignon City Archives collects, classifies, preserves and communicates documents from city services and establishments and also from institutions and private individuals.

Guided tours can be organised upon request and must be booked ahead. Maximum number is 20 persons at one time, for a group price of 30€.

ContactArchives Municipales6 rue Saluces 84000 AVIGNON mail : archives.municipales@mairie-avignon.comsite : http://archives.avignon.frtel : 04 90 86 53 12