Centre Jean Giono

  • Centre Jean Giono
  • Centre Jean Giono
  • Jardin
Centre Jean GionoCentre Jean GionoJardin


The Jean Giono Center, includes an exhibition space and a documentation center inside the Hôtel Raffin, located not far from the Porte Saunerie, and Le Paraïs, the house and gardens of the writer, located at the foot of the Mont d'Or.
Numerous events are organized throughout the year to promote the life and work of Jean Giono to a wide audience: exhibitions, literary walks, readings and shows, activities and accompaniment of educational projects as well as guided tours of the writer's house.

The Raffin Hotel :
This Provençal mansion dating from the Revolution was the first one built outside the walls of the historic center. Remarkable for its Provençal floor tiles, 18th century woodwork, very beautiful decorated ceilings, it houses the Jean Giono Center, which aims to discover the writer and his work through exhibitions, his house, his gardens, his country.

An exhibition, "Jean Giono, les chemins de l'oeuvre":
A staged tour punctuated with projections, interviews, film excerpts, photographs, letters or evocation of objects that belonged to the author, in French and English.

A garden for writing and reading:
A closed garden remarkable for its rosebushes, its jasmine and honeysuckle fragrances, it offers a unique green setting in the heart of Manosque. You will find there a refuge of reading and writing which will prolong the visit of the exhibitions of the Hotel Raffin.

The store :
A store area is available to the public. Visitors will find exhibition catalogs, the works of Jean Giono, some of his films, postcards, stationery, posters, publications of the associations of the friends of Jean Giono and the friends of Lucien Jacques.
Période(s) d'ouvertureFrom 01/04 to 30/09/2024
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th and August 15th.
  • Localisation :
    • Manosque
  • Type of culturel patrimony :
    • Museum
  • Visit :
    • Guided tours
  • Visites :
    • Average group visit length (minutes) 90
  • Arts and culture :
    • Arts and culture
    • Litterature
    • Photography and cinema
  • themes :
    • History
    • Famous people
  • Sitra promotion typology :
    • Bad weather alternative
    • Indoor
  • Individual tour services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Entertainment :
    • Shows
    • Activity
    • Children's entertainment
  • Bathroom/toilets :
    • Public WC
  • Help for client/practical :
    • Tourist brochures
Useful Information
  • Services :
    • 7 people max per group
  • Tour language(s) :
    • French
  • Group tour services :
    • Guided group tours on request
    • Unguided group tours on request
  • Information panel language(s) :
    • French
    • English


Full price: 6 €
Reduced price: 5 €.

Free entry for children < 12 years.
  • Payment methods :
    • Bank/credit card
    • Cheque
    • Cash
Centre Jean Giono
Hôtel Raffin
3 boulevard Elémir Bourges
Phone : +33 4 92 70 54 54
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Centre Jean Giono
Hôtel Raffin
3 boulevard Elémir Bourges
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Latitude : 43.831395
Longitude : 5.783873
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