Le Musée de l’Annonciade is housed in the former Chapelle Notre-Dame de l’Annonciade, or the Chapel of the Annunciation It is located very close to Saint-Tropez’s port.
The Chapel was initially used as the Church of the White Penitents, a Catholic brotherhood that was founded during the Middle Ages in the region. The White Penitents were using the church as a redemption place for the local sailors who were captured and mistreated by the barbarians.
It was only until 1955 when the chapel was transformed into a museum by Georges Grammont while displaying collections of several artists who were enthralled by the South of France and spent a few years in the French Riviera working on their paintings. Some of them include Paul Signac, Georges Braque, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, and many more.
The paintings that can be found in the museum and the architecture of this building are a symbol of the village’s avant-garde artistic past, from a collection of Signac’s Pointillist works to Matisse’s paintings and Bonnard’s pieces.
During summer, the museum houses several themed exhibitions and different kinds of events, especially during Christmas and Easter. The museum is open every day except Tuesdays from 10:00 to 13:00 or 14:00 to 18:00.
If you are an admirer of art or if you are simply looking for some sightseeing in Saint Tropez, then you should visit this museum as it has a rather interesting history and a marvellous artwork collection of talented artists who left their marks on the French Riviera.