History and ceramics museum of biot
The History and Ceramics Museum of Biot, in the restored former chapel of the Confraternity of the Pénitents Blancs, was completely renovated in 2004. While the town owns the building, an association oversees the collections on display. These include both heritage items that retrace the history of the village since Antiquity and precious works that bear witness to a time when the pottery industry flourished in Biot. Along the visit, 17th century earthenware vases transform into 20th century decorative ceramic objects. The museum’s missions include preserving and passing on the town’s traditional heritage as well as opening the museum to new artistic approaches during temporary exhibitions.
Fernand léger national museum
Designed by the architect André Svetchine, the building that houses the Fernand Léger National Museum is built on a site purchased by the artist some time before his death. Its monumental size is matched only by the value of the works displayed inside. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics: the museum’s collections invite visitors on an immersion into the works of Léger, to understand their place in the context of the first half of the 20th century. To better understand the work of this avant-garde pioneer, the museum also offers temporary exhibitions and audio guides.
Inside the Verrerie de Biot® glassworks, the Glass Ecomuseum honours the tradition of hand-blown glass, and in particular bubble glass, Biot’s signature technique. To preserve this know-how, the museum displays tools and traditional objects linked to the glass arts, but also passes on the techniques and passion to a new generation of glassblowers. Visitors can discover the art of hand-blown glass with guided tours, glass-making demonstrations and classes in the art of glass-blowing.