The Museum of Provençal Costumes and Jewellery

Hélène Costa, a passionate Provençale

Sharing a collector’s passion with her husband, Hélène Costa had an immoderate taste for Provençal traditions. Throughout her life, she collected an impressive number of Provençal clothes and jewellery typical of her much beloved region. Her collection led to the opening in 1997 of the Provençal Museum of Costume and Jewellery.

History

The Provençal Museum of Costume and Jewellery is located at the gateway to the old town of Grasse in a very beautiful mansion, a former residence of the Marquise de Cabris, sister of Mirabeau. In this noble mansion steeped in history, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the revolutionary tribunal that once occupied it, visitors may stroll through the suites of small, intimate lounges that radiate outwards around a magnificent central staircase.

The collections

Today, the museum is home to a unique collection of clothing and jewellery from the 18th to the late 19th century: skirts, caracos, corsets, droulets, châtelaines, crosses, earrings, and more. A true pioneer, it is to this day one of the few establishments devoted exclusively to traditional Provençal clothing and ornaments from the past.

Useful information

  • How to get there

    Centre ville de Grasse
    2 rue Jean Ossola
    06130 Grasse
    Indigo CRESP car park a short walk from the museum, whose entrance is located at 17 boulevard Fragonard.

  • Opening times

    No reservation needed.
    Free visit and free entrance.
    Open from Tuesday to Saturday 10h to 13h and from 14h to 18h30.