Inaugurated in 1838, the Granet museum is one of the most important museums of the region, certified as a "Museum of France". It is an institution of the City of Aix-en-Provence. It covers an area of more than 4000 m², displaying a wealth of paintings and sculptures.
About 750 works are exhibited, offering a great panorama of artistic creation, since archaeological times, the primitive and the Renaissance, with a particular focus on the Provençal painting of the XIXth century up to the masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. The museum houses the exceptional donation of Philippe Meyer, including Alberto Giacometti's sculptures and paintings. Besides the landscape of the Jas de Bouffan of the Meyer donation, the museum presents nine other oil paintings which delineate the whole career of Paul Cézanne.
The museum's fund of modern art widened considerably in 2010 with the deposit for 15 years by the Foundation Jean and Suzanne Planque of Jean Planque's collection - himself a painter and Swiss collector who died in 1998. This collection is made up of some 300 paintings, drawings and sculptures, from the Impressionists and the Post-impressionnists Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Redon up to the major artists of the XXth century such as Rouault, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Laurens, Léger, Klee, Bissière, de Staël and Dubuffet … To present the main part of this magnificent collection - about 120 works - under the title "Granet XXe, collection Jean Planque", the City of Aix-en-Provence renovated the chapel of White Penitents, jewel of the architecture of the XVIIth century, so endowing the Granet museum with more than 700 m² of additional exhibition space.
Since its rehabilitation in 2006, the museum regularly organises international exhibitions. The Granet museum develops a dynamic policy towards the public, establishing the priority of 'access for all' to the grounds, the arts and to culture.