The costume museum
In a sumptuous mansion having belonged to the Condé family, full of antique furniture and artefacts from the 17th and 18th century, the museum will exhibit in 2020 a new collection dedicated to ballroom gowns from the 18th to 20th century. From the Menuet to the Twist, twelve rooms trace the history of different evening gowns worn on such occasions; from gowns “à la française” to haute couture outfits of the 50’s and designer dresses of the 60’s, not forgetting the famous Charleston designs of the swinging 20’s!
The museum of Avallonnais Jean Desprès
In the historical centre of Avallon, only a stone’s throw away from the impressive Tour de l’Horloge, the museum traces the history of Avallon and its region, from the paléolithic era with the excavations of Arcy sur Cure, right up to the creations of the jewellery maker Jean Després (best known for his intricate Art Deco jewellery made from semi-precious stones, machine parts, and enamel. The artist died on November 13, 1980 in Avallon,)
Young designers strive to present the museums collections, inviting the public to take a look at art, humanity and contemporary creations.