in Digne-les-Bains

CAIRN, centre d'art

The CAIRN (Informal Art Center for Research on 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
We speak: English, French


  • Arts and culture

Location details

  • Public transport stop within 500 m
  • Bus stop within 500 m
  • On the outskirts of the city


Minimum group size: 25 people

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently

Group visit services

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


Opening hours from July 01 to August 31, 2024
9pm to 19pm
Opening hours from September 01 to November 06, 2024
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 14 p.m. – 17 p.m.





  • Parking nearby
  • Show room
  • Toilets


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Free visits
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Temporary exhibitions

Home animals

Pets are not accepted

Adapted tourism

Adapted service: Services adapted for visual impairment, Wheelchair accessible with assistance, Hard surface, Level path, Clear circulation area, Site, fully accessible building, Possibility of dropping someone off in front of the site, Access ramp

Physical disability

The art center receptionist can help the person in a wheelchair access the exhibition space.
Accessible suitable for piloted fft/ftt, suitable for electric fft
grab bar planned for 2021.
No doors to open to access the exhibition space.

Visual impairment

On request, it is possible to organize audio-descriptive guided tours of the exhibitions.

Linked offers

On the spot…


10 climb Parc St Benoît
04000 Digne-les-Bains
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