The Lavender Museum in Coustellet is at the farm where this brilliantly colored, fragrant plant is grown, harvested and processed into all kinds of products. But far from being a factory or simply a museum, it's a family-run business dating back five generations, and the pride in their work is immediately apparent to visitors.
Included in the museum is a large collection of vintage distilling machines and other implements used as far back as the 17th century; this was the hobby of one of the Lincelé sons. There is also a film about the distilling process and guided tours as well. It's a wonderful, in-depth look at how lavender is used, and even better, it's open even when the fields are not in bloom!
The Lavender Museum is 12 miles from Avignon and not accessible by public transport. It is closed in January. It's open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but sometimes closes for lunch from 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. The entrance fee is 6.50 euros, with discounts for students, seniors and groups (kids under 15 accompanied by adults enter free). There is an audio guide available in several languages, and there are guided visits as well.