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“A walk into history”

Chateau de l'Emperi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 October 2015

This museum is a legend in itself - born out of the passion of 2 brothers (the Brunons) for military history and collecting artefacts. Bestowed with a family fortune, they started collecting in 1911. One brother died on the battlefield during WW1, the surviving brother continued collecting and named the collection after both his and his brother's name. His one son was named after his dead brother and carried on the family tradition of collecting. At some stage their private mansion in Marseille could no longer hold all the items they had amassed. So, in the 1960s, it became a national collection part of the french army museum and housed in this wonderful medieval castle with the Brunons. Yet the collection continued until the passing of the Brunon son. Today the collection is still there. Its presentation has aged and would greatly benefit from some new display, but still it is incredibly rich, too rich maybe for the layman...so one may skip some incredible items - such as my favorite, the banner of the Berg lancers (Murat's personal regiment as duke of Berg), on it this incredible motto: "for glory, honor and the ladies" ...

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Reviewed 13 September 2014

We visited this 9th century castle, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Another amazing French monument, not to be missed! We were happy to find that the entrance was free, due to it being a centenary year! The exhibits of weapons and military uniforms was impressive! The staff was very helpful. There is a staircase to a beautiful view of the city, and another staircase to an exposition of country paintings. You will not be disappointed!

4  Thank Bill D
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Castle, full of history, in Salon - when we were there, they were doing sound tests for a concert. It would have been amazing!

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

A fantastic display of military equipment, the building is very interesting and everything is extremely well maintained, We were somewhat gobsmacked by the extensive collection. Make the effort to see this, the staff are very helpful and accommodating.

4  Thank Glenn S
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

We came to Salon de Provence to visit this well respected museum, but it was closed for some reason. We walked the grounds and climbed the walls of the chateau. From it's bastions you've got great views of the town and its red painted geometric designs on the buildings. I hope that I have a chance to visit Provence again in my life and visit the museum when it is open.

Thank Richard F
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