Jean Aicard Museum
Come and discover the museum of this famous poet, novelist and academic, born in the Var. By appointment only.
Jean Aicard, writer, poet and academic (1848 - 1921), chose to live in Solliès-Ville from 1916 and became its mayor from 1919 to 1921. Born in Toulon on February 4th, 1848 in an old family of Provençal origin, he mainly lived in Paris, but in order to get closer to Provence, which he missed, and seduced by this little village, he bought "the little house that seemed to be nestled against the church" and settled there. He named it “l'Oustaou de Maurin des Maures”. It is where he wrote "Gaspard de Besse" (1918) and "Forbin de Solliès ou le Testament du Roi René" which he had performed by the Comédie Française in August 1920 on the ruins of the castle of the Lords of Solliès. Sharing his time between the capital and Provence, Jean Aicard died at the age of 73.
His house contains many pieces of memory and objects that he owned - Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture, including beautiful Provencal chests of drawers, a 18th century buffet from Arles, paintings by Provençal artists (Gabriel Amoretti, Paulin Bertrand…), twisted ironwork candlesticks made by Jean Aicard, out of bed base springs, letters and pictures of his friends, Mistral, Victor Hugo, etc…
Comfort / services
From 01/01 to 31/12.
Closed Monday and Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.