Museums and historic sites
The Cévenol museum, the silk museum, the fire-fighters museum, the museum of the desert (history of Protestantism), the museum of music, the museum of minerals, the miners museum, the weather museum (le musée de la météo), the sweet museum, the museum of automates, the prehistoric site at Cambous, the Halle of glass at Claret...
Less than an hour away from Isis en Cévennes some museum (give a phone call before to go)
Cévenol Museum at Le Vigan
The Silk Museum at Saint Hippolytte du Fort
The Firefighters Museum at Saint Hippolytte du Fort
Museum of the Pic Saint-Loup at Matelles
Prehistoric Village of Cambous at Viols-en-laval
Museum of the weather at the Mont Aigoual
Museum of the desert (history of Protestantism) at Mialet
Préhistorama: the museum of the evolution of man in Rousson
Museum of the Cévenole valleys at Saint Jean du Gard
Museum of Music in Anduze
Museum of minerals of the Mining school of Alès
Museum of the Miner in Alés
The Halle of Glass at Claret
Less than two hours drive away from Isis en Cévennes
Museum of the Haribo sweets in Uzés
Musée des automates
- CEVENOL MUSEUM
Simple authenticity is the main quality of the Cévenol museum.
Situated near the Roman bridge in Le Vigan, in the unchanged frame of a medieval suburb on the banks of the river Arre, it simply retraced the history of the “viganais” land, thanks to utilitarian objects or ancient pieces of an artistic nature.
Thousands of witnesses are assembled this way, regrouped in ethnological themes or left for the eye to wander over.
A terrace over the river, a garden, the architecture – massive without being monumental of the museum as well as the houses that surround it, compose an overall picture of particular richness.
Having not been submitted to any drastic renovation since its thirty years of existence, this museum keeps an authenticity to the culture its contents offer to visitors.
Useful Information :The Cévenol museum is open :
From the 1st of April to the 31st of October, every day (except Tuesdays) from 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h.
From the 1st of November to the 31st of March, Wednesday only, at the same times.
Possibility of guided visits for groups.
Text Credit: Plate "Massif de l’Aigoual, Causses, Vallée Cévenoles"
Musée Cévenol Rue des Calquières 30120 - Le Vigan
Tél. : 04 67 81 06 86
- The Silk Museum
Silk was, until the last world war, the most important industry in the Cévennes. In the middle of the XIXth century, along with the Italian Piémont, the Cévennes make up one of the two most important silk producing regions in the world. In 1953, the Cévennes ensure more than half of the French production of cocoons (26 000 tonnes).The Silk Museum is a witness to this prodigious past, fabulously rich both technically and culturally speaking, as well as being a window onto current production, which is today one of the last remaining in Europe.
The best: The museum offers the possibility to bread silk worms in your home, at school, in your holiday centre... There is no real difficulty, only a few conditions to respect and you too can have the pleasure of seeing the caterpillars come to life, grow in a phenomenal way and, in just over a month, create the cocoons where they will metamorphose into chrysalises to emerge as butterflies.
Useful Information: The Silk Museum is open from the 1st of April to the 30th of November: from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 18h00.Closed Monday except bank holiday Mondays.
From the 8th of July to the 26th of August every day without exception from 10h00 to 12h30 and from 14h00 to 18h30.
Guided tours from Monday to Friday: 10h30, 14h30, 15h45, 17h15
Saturday and Sunday : 14h30, 15h45, 17h15
For guided group visits on appointment all year round
– of the Silk Museum
– of the Gréfeuilhe workshop
– Promenades around the spinning mill of Lasalle
Text Credit et photo: The Silk Museum!
- THE FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM
A collection unique in France, over more than 700 m2, allowing the discovery of history of the fire soldiers.
Equipment, rare costumes, vehicles, the history of fire fighting since the XIXth century, slideshows, many miniature vehicles: the universe of the “Sapeur-pompier” in all its forms.
Useful Information: opening times : From the 1st of June to the 14th of September: open every day except Tuesday. From 10h to 12h and from 14h30 to 18h30.
From the 15th of October to the 31st of May: open Saturdays and Sundays; from 10h to 12h and from 14h to 17h30. Other days on appointment make 15 days ahead. Closed the 25th of December and the 1st of January. Equally open all days during the school holidays.
Special rates: Children under 12 years; school groups, groups of at least 12 people
Text Credit et photo: Ot Cévennes-Garrigues
MUSÉE DU SAPEUR-POMPIER Espace Marti-Ducros Place des Caserness 30170 Saint Hippolytte du Fort
Téléphone 04 66 77 99 86
- MUSEUM OF THE PIC SAINT LOUP
Set up since 1951 in a beautiful home with buckets of “languedocien” character, in the heart of the medieval village of Matelles, the museum of the Pic Saint-Loup offers a large panorama on the prehistory of the territory from the Palaeolithic to the Neolithic.
The collections come from the direct outskirts of the village, rich in dolmens, caves and metal-age villages. A great diversity of tools let us imagine the daily business of our ancestors. Animal bones, axes, arrows, potteries and finery are complemented by explanatory panels.
Visit the museum as a family!
Pedagogical booklets are available for children.
The museum also plays host to temporary expositions and animations.
Opening hours: March, April, May, October and November, Saturday and Sunday – from 14h30 to 18h30
June, July, August, September: from Wednesday to Sunday – from 14h30 to 18h30
Annually closed throughout December, January and February as well as the 1st of May.
Coordinate: Musée du Pic Saint-Loup, rue des Consuls, 34270 LES MATELLES Tél. 04 67 55 17 00 / 04 99 63 25 46 email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- PREHISTORIC VILLAGE OF CAMBOUS
Whether you are passionate about prehistory or not, the site of the “Village de Cambous” at Viols en Laval is a must see: Cambous represents the site of the oldest village in France, this Chalcolithic village (metal-age) of Cambous, presents two groups of huts, in an excellent state of conservation, belonging to the civilisation of “Fontbouisse” (end of Neolithic in our region) the whole is dated between 2700 and 2300 B.C.
Cambous was discovered in 1967 by Henri Canet who organised the first digs, today the archaeologist of “Société Languedocienne de préhistoire” manage the site as voluntary workers.
A guided visit will allow you to discover the daily life of these distant ancestors using archaeological traces and the reconstructed huts.
Guided archaeological circuit: a day long route accessible on foot around the area of Viols le Fort
All along the archaeological path, on the outskirts of the site, you can discover in the Garrigues innumerable dolmens and hamlets in the “Cambous” style, on the only communes of Viols en Laval and Viols le Fort, more than sixty Neolithic sites have been found, among them are counted four villages the size of Cambous and ten hamlets of smaller surface.
To see on this visit, the dolmen of the jackstay, consisting of a funeral room at a low level, preceded by an antechamber and an access corridor made up of polished flagstones.
Classes to discover the Prehistory and Archaeology on the site of the Cambous.
Useful Information: Open from October to Easter on Sundays from 14h00 to 18h00.
From Easter to October on Saturdays and Sundays from 14h00 to 18h00
The visit is commentated.
Site de cambous 34380 Viols-en-laval
Tel: 04 67 86 34 37
- MUSEUM OF THE WEATHER
Dominating the Cévennes and the Languedoc, the Mont Aigoual observatory, the last weather forecasting post on a mountain in France, sits erect at the summit of the Aigoual at 1567 m of altitude.
Since 1894, both man and machine keep watch over the French skies.
On a clear day, panoramic views can be seen; from the Mont Ventoux to the Mont-Blanc, from the Canigou to the Pic du Midi, to the Puys chain at the Mediterranean.
The Aigoual constitutes the last mountain weather observatory in France.
In this site, rendered extraordinary by its beauty and its extreme weather conditions, the meteorologists invite you to come and discover the exposition and the meteorological museum situated on the observatory’s premises.
The first part of the exposition shows the activities “Météo France”, the observation, the prevention and the climatology. The meteorologists stationed there explain their work and answer questions using tools that allow the public to visualise and follow the meteorological situation in real time. Many explicative panels (sketches and photos) as well as a model of the weather reading taken daily by over 170 international centres and explaining the techniques used by the forecasters around the world. You can also see the evolution of the clouds thanks to satellite images, discover meteorological instruments, mats, the climatologic statistics as well as the various atmospheric phenomena.
The second part is dedicated to the Mont Aigoual throughout the seasons. You can dream away in front of the 800 photographs of summer, autumn, winter and spring as well as the film or slideshow displayed on a large screen that explains the conditions of life and work at the observatory.< br>
The third part is situated in the caves of the observatory and concerns the history of the Aigoual, it’s the museum: it presents the various measuring devices used from the end of the 19th century to the present day; many photos linked to the reforestation of the Aigoual plateau are exposed here; the visit is finished by 3D models demonstrating the principle atmospheric disturbances as well as the water cycle.
Useful Information: Opening Hours: From the 1st of May to the 30 of September, every day from 10h00 to 19h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00; except in July and August where the opening hours are continuous from 10h00 to 19h00. Outside of the summer season: groups must make appointments.
Free entry. Text Credit and image: Observatoire de Météo France
Météo France Observatoire météo du Mont Aigoual 30570 Valleraugue
Téléphone : 04 67 82 60 01 / 04 67 82 64 14
- MUSEUM OF THE DESERT
In the heart of a Cévenol hamlet and its typical alleys, the Museum of the Desert, that has built itself around the house of Rolland (one of the Camisard chiefs), retraces a century of the French Protestantism’s history , from the revocation of the Treaty of Nantes (1685)to the Treaty of Tolerance in 1787. It brings back to live the Huguenot past and the history of the Camisards.
In a suite of fifteen rooms are exhibited nearly 2000 objects, books, authentic documents that play witness to the resistance of the Huguenots for their faith for several generations, faced with intolerance in a position of power.
There can be found the pulpits, foldable to not be compromising, Bibles of all sizes and the forbidden Psalters, from abroad, where was drawn, in assembly and in family groups, the spiritual food used to fortify ones faith. The arms of the Camisards testify to their struggle that raged in the Cévennes. Numerous judgements and condemnations recall the terrible repression of power, the prisons and the struggles. A magnificent collection of ancient Huguenot crosses and medals, manuscripts, art and popular traditions of the Cévennes that decorate the History that has marked this region so...
Useful Information: Opening hours :
From the 1st of March to the 30th of November
From 9h30 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00
From 9h30 to 19h00
Le Mas Soubeyran 30140 MIALET
tél +33 (0)4 66 85 02 72 fax +33 (0)4 66 85 00 02
- PREHISTORAMA: THE MUSEUM OF THE EVOLUTION OF MAN
The Préhistorama demonstrates, in a very lively manner, reconstructed scenes based on scientific discoveries with life size characters and animals.
The visit begins with the apparition and evolution of life through the great geological eras; this part is constituted of a collection of fossils, graciously on loan from Mr. Bruno Guy, president of the “association des Amis du Préhistorama”.
Prehistory is the central part of the museum. It starts with the apparition of man aroud 6 million years ago and ends with the invention of the written word, around the third millennium B.C. It repents in details the evolution of man from the Australopithecus (and the famous Lucy) up to modern day man, thanks to reconstructions created with a great scientific rigidity (the Gerassimov method). You can also discover the amelioration of our ancestors’ living conditions through their various inventions.
A large part is dedicated to the local fauna and flora or the last ice age (which lasted 80000 to 10000 years before our era) with reconstructions of mammoths, hairy rhinoceroses, cave bears and other specimens.
The visit takes about an hour. The museum is adapted to the public wishing to understand and discover the links in our slow but steady evolution. A lively, sound visit, as educational as it is enjoyable.
The sixty window displays of the museum actually consist of:
a collection of 500 fossils.
a 36 scene slideshow (life size reconstructions of people and animals, places in their original settings).
35 human reconstitutions.
42 animal reconstitutions.
a collection of bone and human skull moulds. (8 window displays).
a ethnographic collection with contemporary objects of a tribal manufacture, sometimes unchanged since the Palaeolithic..
a collection of twenty or so potteries reconstructed using Neolithic techniques.
a small exposition of the anatomy of present day man.
Useful Information: Opening Hours: From February to May: open every day from 14h to 18h. From June to August: open every day from 10h to 19h non-stop. From September to November: open every day from 14h to 18h. Guided visits for groups on reservation..
Annually closed throughout December and January.
Le Pont d’Avène, La Croix de Fauvie 30340 ROUSSON
Tél. : 04.66.85.86.96 Fax : 04.66.85.86.93
- MUSEUM OF THE CEVENOLE VALLEYS
The museum of the cévenoles valleys allows, thanks to its rich collections, a complete discovery of the Cévennes: the way man has constructed on and maintained the landscapes, the chestnut culturing, silk works, rural and traditional activities, habitat and furniture, domestic utensils...
It is the reflection of traditional daily life in the Cévennes. We can distinguish different geological zones:
The high plateaus of under an Atlantic influence, joining the table-like summits of the Lozère, of Bougés and of the Aigoual, to which can we join the little Causses like that of de l’Hospitalet. These revions have an ancient, traditional cereal agriculture.
The high shale-y valleys, for the majority under a Mediterranean influence, form a zone of multiple and varied agricultures yet where the chestnut tree plays an important role.
Finally the low Valleys and the warm slopes of the bas-languedocienne plains are more widely influences by the Mediterranean.
The vines and olive trees are greatly present. The mulberry and silk worm rearing, like the protestant majority, succeed as much in the high valleys as in the immediate Bas-Languedoc.
Useful Information: Opening Hours: April to October: open every day including Sunday - from 10h to 12h30 and from 14h to 19h. July and August: open non-stop from 10h to 19. November to March: Tuesday and Thursday – from 9h to 12h and from 14h to 18h, Sundays 14h to 18h. Groups admitted with appointments only.
30270 Saint Jean du Gard
téléphone 04 66 85 10 48 Fax : 04 66 85 13 61
- MUSEUM OF MUSIC
The Museum of Music:
A musical tour around the world
A collection of more than 1000 instruments
Workshops for children
Expositions with various starting times of 80 to 300
Boutique, postal shopping
The museum of music offers us a voyage across the continents, the eras, to the discovery of materials, pitches, rhythms, diverse instrumental factors, evoking climates, landscapes, history and traditions of people.
To better understand the evolution and the diversity of this essential human expression that has been music for millennia, you can admire the collections in the window displays and attend commentated musical demonstrations.
The best bit They can transfer a special part of the museum all over France and Europe within a 1000 km radius of Anduze.
From 80 to 300 instruments chosen with precision to effectively represent world music and its evolution.
A musician-guide accompanies the exposition to demonstrate..The expositions are designed for school, Mairies, libraries, work houses, etc, and they can last from 2 days to 3 months at the most...
Useful Information: Opening Hours:
July and August: every day from 15h to 18h30
From the 1st to the 10th of September: every day from 14h30 to 18h
School holidays in Easter and Toussaint (in all zones): every day from 14h30 to 18h. Every Sunday and bank holiday of the year (except Christmas and New Years Day): from 14h30 to 18h.
Groups welcome every day under reservation.
Closed Annually: January and February.
Musée de la Musique 4, route d’Alès 30140 ANDUZE France
Tél : 04 66 61 86 60
- THE MUSEUM OF MINERALS OF THE MINING SCHOOL OF ALES
The Mining school of Alès was born in the middle of the XIXth century in the heart of an industrial region where mining, metal work, chemistry, the development of the rail network were a pushing force; it’s in this context that were developed the School and its museum. Window in to the world of minerals, of the richness and variety of the geological landscapes, it became the memory of an important moment in history and know-how. This museum was progressively built up from a few purchases, but mainly thanks to contributions from past alumni or enlightened enthusiasts.
The Museum of minerals of the Mining school of Alès consists of three collections:
-The mineralogical collection that, recently enriched by the donation of the P. and M. FITTE collection, has pushed its way into being the very best of a French collection of the kind.
The Paleontological collection that represents an interesting panorama of fossilised local organisms, reflects life during the last 600 million years of the Earths’ history. This collection has benefited from the donations of the Houillères and the Municipal Museum of Colombiers’ collections.
The Petro graphic collection, a collection of an essentially educational vocation, dedicated to the natural rocks and minerals of the region.
Useful Information: The museum of minerals is open to the public from the 15th of June to the 15th of September, from 14h to 18h Monday to Friday.
It is open all year round to groups with a reservation.
CMGD Ecole des Mines d’Alès 6, avenue de Clavières 30319 ALES Cedex FRANCE
Tél:33 (0)4 66 78 56 22 Tél: 33 (0)4 66 78 51 69 fax:33 (0)4 66 78 56 80
- MINE TÉMOIN Museum of the Mines
Opened in 1985, the Mine Témoin has reused the galleries of the centre that formed generations of miners.
Everything has been reconstructed to realistic conditions: descent by lift with special effects, ventilation and extraction galleries...
A voyage to the centre of the mineral world retraces with precision the whole mining era in the Cévennes from 1880 to 1960, from the coal felling with a pick-axe, to the jack-hammer, to the haveuse.
"No doubt one of the most surprising industrial archaeology museums in France” if we are to believe to “Guide du routard”
Useful Information: Opening Hours : June: from 9h to 18h30
July and August : from 10h to 19h30
Other periods: from 9h to 12h30 and from 14h to 17h30
Mine Témoin Chemin de la Cité Sainte-Marie Rochebelle 30100 Alès
Tel : 04 66 30 45 15 Fax : 04 66 61 58 26
- THE HALLE OF GLASS
Opened in 2009, this major structuring site of cultural and touristic politics is in the heart of the Path of the glassmakers.
The Halle of Glass is a centre of interpretation of the history and the technics of glass in the Mediterranean basin, from Antiquity to the present day. Spread over 550 m2, it presents for the first time in France, the archaeological finds on the glass commerce in the Antiquity but also, the goods issued in the Couloubrine and Seube digs, witness to a local history of glass: that of the Gentleman glass-makers of the Causse of l’Orthus...
The Best Bit: Childrens’ circuit
Useful Information: Annually 7 opening months:
April, May, June, September, October: Wednesday from 14h to 18h, Thursdays and Fridays from 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h, Saturday and Sunday from 14h to 18h
The site is closed to the public: Monday, Tuesday and the 1st of May.
July and August: open every day from 10h to 13h and from 15h to 19h
The site annually closes: from November to March
Tél. : 04.67.59.06.39 adresse: 34270 Claret
Less than two hours drive away from Isis en Cévennes:
- THE HARIBO MUSEUM
Discover the delectable history of a century of Candy with the Haribo Museum!!
Let them tell you the wonderful story of the sweets. Sugary, fruity, acidic, come and meet these flavours that make your childhood come flooding back, and discover in this magical place, the delicious recipes that you love so much.
Come and discover our “infernal machines” and enjoy recognising the fruity perfumes with which Haribo make their delicious sweets. Strawberry, pineapple, banana, so many scents locked in pretty boxes, it’s almost as if the fruit was still in the basket.
Tasting: you will be able to taste these delicious sweet, the result of their passion and a whole lot of technique. Wide eyed, you can then collect your booty by bagging the sweets yourself!
Useful Information: The opening hours of the shop are not the same as those of the museum: July to August from 10h to 19h every day: ATTENTION: last admittances at 18h15. The rest of the year from 10h to 13h and from 14h to 18h, closed on Mondays. Annually closed the 2 first weeks of January.
Le Musée du Bonbon Haribo Pont des Charettes 30700 UZES
Tél : 04 66 22 74 39 Fax : 04 66 22 73 97