CAIRN, arts center


The CAIRN (Centre d'Art Informel de Recherches sur la Nature) strives to reread, interpret and reconfigure the territory that surrounds it through the eyes of various artists such as Mark Dion, Delphine Gigoux-Martin, Herman de Vries, Andy Goldsworthy...


Born in 2000 on the initiative of the Gassendi Museum, the Cairn constitutes an artistic laboratory which supports and disseminates contemporary creation in rural areas. It offers exhibitions produced by artists in residence with a cultural program and mediation actions with different audiences. In partnership with the UNESCO Geopark and local authorities, the CAIRN art center has produced a collection of works on the territory of the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Designed in relation to the context, scattered near the villages or along the paths, the works produced by the Cairn invite visitors to discover the landscapes crossed in a different way, offering another point of view on the sites, the history and the local traditions.
The Cairn is part of BOTOX(S), the Alps and Riviera contemporary art network, of dca / French association for the development of contemporary art centers and of the ELAN network (European Land Art Network) and it benefits from the financial support of the Ministry Culture/DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and the town of Digne-les-Bains.
Focused on contemporary art, the Cairn is part of the Ambulo museum center, made up of two other departments:
- Gassendi Museum / Art and science
- Maison Alexandra David-Neel / Asian Arts and Writer's House

COVID 19 special provisions

We are attentive to health developments and compliance with the health rules in force. We are committed to an approach that respects the recommendations made by the various competent authorities. Do not hesitate to contact us to know them.

Spoken languages

  • English

Labels & accessibility

  • Haute Provence members

Adapted tourism

  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • Decline> 5% but reasonable
  • Possibility to drop someone off in front of the site
  • Smooth rolling and barrier-free ground
  • No jumps> 2 cm
  • Minimum passage width of 90 cm
  • Site, building fully accessible
  • Adapted services for visual impairment



  • Unguided individual tours permanently


  • Guided group tours on request
  • Unguided group visits on request


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Comfort / services

  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Parking nearby
  • Show room
  • Toilets
  • Free visits
  • Guided tours
  • Educational visits

Activities on site

  • Temporary exhibitions



Payment method

  • Check
  • Bank / credit card
  • Cash


From 01/04 to 30/06, daily.
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 14 p.m. - 17 p.m.

From 01/07 to 31/08, daily.
From 9h to 19h.

From 01/09 to 06/11, daily.
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 14 p.m. - 17 p.m.