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City of Art & History


The French Ministry for Culture and Communication created the classification “Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire” (City and Regions of Art and History) to recognize and support cities, towns, and regions of significant historical and artistic interest throughout France.
The designation is a national label for patrimonial quality, from prehistory to the 21st century, which has been awarded to fewer than 167 sites in France, with fewer than a dozen in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, and Grasse proudly counts itself among them, now sharing the limelight with renowned historic sites such as Aix-en-Provence, Rouen, Marseille, Sarlat, Reims, and Arles as one of France’s grand Cities of Art and History.
Learn about Grasse, City of Art and History…
led by a guide approved by the Ministry for Culture.
You’ll be met by the guide at a specified downtown location and he or she, who knows every aspect of Grasse, will share with you the secrets of the history and construction of the city, including its development from neighborhood to neighborhood, as you tour the heart of the city on foot.
The City of Art and History (Ville d’Art et d’Histoire) department coordinates heritage-related activities and initiatives for Grasse, plans tours, and offers year-round activities for local residents and schools. The department is at your disposal for any heritage- or history-related project ideas you may have.
Information : +33(0)4 97 05 58 70


La Maison du Patrimoine (MDP)
The Maison du Patrimoine (Heritage Center) prefigures the Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Center (part of the City of Art and History agreement signed by the City of Grasse in 2003 with the Ministry of Culture).
The MDP provides exhibition space and educational workshop areas, essential components to management and public presentation of heritage, which is the core objective of nation’s network of Cities and Regions of Art and History (VPAH). It is also where the Pôle Médiation is located (qualified guides, lecturers, and administrative guides), as well as the Pôle Inventaire (research on heritage in the form of furnishings, monuments, and intangibles), a document center and a presentation of the VPAH network.
One of the objectives of the Maison du Patrimoine is to direct the public to other sites around the country having cultural or heritage-related importance; visitors will therefore be encouraged to explore the archives, the public multimedia libraries, and museums for a fuller vision of Grasse’s heritage.
Semi-permanent exhibit: Grasse Élémentaire!
The exhibit presents an interpretation of the heritage for the entire city of Grasse.
It will only be on display for two years. The exhibit is structured around the four elements, with each section tied to a key period in Grasse’s history and other aspects of the city’s heritage.
Hurry and enjoy this new learning opportunity with a tour guide on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
- Free guided tours of the temporary exhibit on Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. nonstop.
- Free guided tours of the semi-permanent exhibit on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon nonstop.
- The Maison du Patrimoine is open on weekends for group visits, by reservation.
For teachers:
All educational workshops are now held in the MDP and can include a guided tour of the exhibits, at your convenience and per the school curriculum. 


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Maison du Patrimoine
22 rue de l’Oratoire
Phone: + 33(0)4 97 05 58 70 
Recommended parking: Cours Honoré Cresp and Notre-Dame des Fleurs/Martelly.
Free admission. Retail outlet.
Accessible to persons with reduced mobility or disabilities.