Harmas Jean-Henri Fabre

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Cultural heritage themes: 
Science and technology
Natural sciences
Natural history
Cultural heritage categories: 
Listed and monitored by the DMF

The Harmas was the home of Jean-Henri Fabre and is now a museum dedicated to his memory. Jean-Henri Fabre was a writer and a scientist who lived in the 19th century. His estate can be visited, it includes his home, and the nearly 1-hectare grounds with many Mediterranean plants.

Jean-Henri Fabre lived in his "harmas" for nearly 36 years. Here he did his experiments and spent much time observing insects. He was intent on passing his knowledge on, and was an excellent teacher. He wrote many books in his workroom here in the Harmas, including most of his famous book Souvenirs Entomologiques.

In the Provençal language, "Harmas" means stony, rocky land left vacant. When J-H Fabre decided to call his home and garden "L'Harmas" in 1879, it is because the property, before he acqured it, had been uninhabited for sixteen years. Since 1922 the estate has belonged to the Natural History Muséum National, and since 1988 has become a Historical Monument. All year long, the Harmas is open for you to see part of the house and the garden which has more than 500 species, organized in five parts including the lane of lilacs, around the pool, and the vegetable garden.

Part of the land has been deliberately left totally natural, this constitutes the "harmas" where Fabre loved to observe insect life. There is also the part with many trees, a true example of the Mediterranean forest.

Inside the home, renovated in the year 2000, visitors go back in time to a 19th century atmosphere. The dining room and work room are like they were when Fabre lived here. A permanent display shows visitors his eclectic, scientific work, and shows his watercolours of mushrooms, and other aspects of Fabre's entomological work.

Opening

From 01/01 to 31/12/2020.
Closed on Wednesday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Prices
Prices: 

Full price: 7 €
Reduced price: 5 €
Group adults: 5 to 9 €.

Free entry for children < 3 years, press, mountain guides, the drivers, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

Payment method: 
Bank/credit card
Cheque
Cash
Home (Languages)
Spoken languages: 
French
Documentation languages: 
German
English
French
Dutch
Visit
visitable: 
Yes
Language of visits: 
French
Average duration of a group visit: 
120
Group tour: 
Unguided group tours available permanently
Guided group tours on request
Average duration of an individual visit: 
90
Individual visit: 
Unguided individual tours available permanently
benefit
Services: 
Pets welcome
Educational visits
Themed tour
Shop
Wi-fi
Tour free of charge
Guided tours
activities: 
Activity
Amenities: 
Shelter for bikes/mountain bikes
Picnic area
Bar
Toilets
Camping-car reception area
Car park
Coach parking
Secure parking
Parking gratuit
Good plans

battery charging for electric bikes

Room rentals
Capacity
Maximum Capacity: 
40
Number of meeting rooms: 
1
Facility Rentals
Equipment: 
Video projector
Screen
Microphone
Wifi in room
Restaurant: 
Free choice of caterer
Establishment equipped for: 
Concert/events
Exhibition/trade fair
Seminar/meeting
Meeting
room 1
Name: 
Salle 1

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