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La Tour Carrée Museum

In an historical setting dating from 1520, the museum invites you to a journey, you will dive in the historical heart of the town... Here, you will discover the secrets of Sainte Maxime climbing the steps of the Tour Carrée!

On the first floor, the museum devotes its 3 rooms to folk and local traditions : traditional costumes, artefacts relating to history, to crafts, agriculture (wine, wheat, olive oil) and to fishing.

Discover on the ground floor , temporary exhibitions with cultural, social and educational aspects.

On the 2nd floor, painting, sculptures and 3D exhibitions.

Guided tours available upon request +33 (0)6 15 19 18 66

"In the Year of Grace 1520, Messire François de la Rivière, Reverend Father of Thoronet Abbey, began construction of a tower on the seaside, to ensure the safety of Sainte-Maxime. "

40 years later, in 1560, the Abbot Jacques Ursin of the Abbey of Thoronet, ordered two additional floors. For fear of pirates and wars of religion, the craftsmen raised the tower of only one floor before fleeing. The construction of its last floor began again in 1856. From 1969, it recovered its original appearance, namely a stone tower apparent, once the layers of plaster and plaster removed.

Throughout its history, the Square Tower was used as a stately home, a barrel tower designed to protect the Gulf, granary, prison (as evidenced by the narrow dungeon opened in its walls), school and town hall (from the revolution to 1935). Since 1985, it hosts the Museum of Local Traditions.

The Museum of the Tour Carrée, managed by an association, presents a permanent collection of objects, arts, clothes or tools belonging to the history of Sainte-Maxime and its inhabitants. It also regularly organises artistic and cultural exhibitions highlighting history, heritage and artists.

Opening Every day throughout the year between 3 PM and 6 PM.
Closed monday and tuesday.
  • French
Musée de la Tour Carrée
Place Mireille de Germond
83120 Sainte-Maxime
Tel. 04 94 96 70 30


Adult: 3 €
Child: 2 €
Group adults: 2 €.