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Châtaigneraie Museum

Welcome to joyous, a municipality that is on the list of countries that make up the territory of the Department of Ardeche. She is also part of the country of Beaume, Drobie Cévennes. When traveling in this area, one can notice the strong presence of chestnuts. Not surprisingly, there is a museum especially dedicated to these trees. It is the Museum of the chestnut. It is one of the must-see sites and one of the sights that can be found in this part of France.

A short history of the Museum

The history of this museum goes back several years. The investigator called Ms. Coste, a passionate and antique dealer who spent his time collecting tools on the civilization of the chestnut. It gathered his collection pieces in his shop. In 1981, the municipality of Joyeuse helped by the Council General bought his entire collection.
To highlight this heritage, Ms. Evelyne Zminka, President of the association of the free time organized a temporary exhibition. As the exhibition had great success, we decided to create a museum with collected coins. The management of the Museum was then taken into hand by the community of communes of the country of Beaume Drobie.

Description of the Museum

The Museum consists of 4 rooms which have in total over 500 items, old tools and unique furniture. It is installed in the former the Oratorian college dating back to the 17th century in the heart of the city of Joyeuse.
In this Museum, one can trace the history of the Millennium tree that crossed centuries and uses on a space of 400 m2. There are no old stories in this place. There are also elements which allow to understand how this tree and the fruit still has value and importance to date in this area. Somehow, this museum is a kind of window that represents the expertise and creativity of the Ardèche producers and processors of chestnut up to now.

Practical information

This museum is open to the general public. It can also accommodate groups, associations etc. under booking. During the school holidays of February between February 18 and March 14, it opens from Tuesday to Friday from 14 h to 18 h. During the month of April, he receives visitors from Tuesday to Friday from 14 h to 18 h. Between the months of May and June, it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 14 h to 18 h. It opens on public holidays except the 1st and the 8th May. Between the months of July and August, it opens from Tuesday to Friday from 10 h to 12 h and from 14 h to 18 h. Weekends and holidays, it is available from 14: 00 to 18: 00. Throughout the year, the Museum is closed on Monday. In general, you can visit free takes 3 hours.
Visits for groups over 15 people are guided. Can't take pets in this museum.

The Museum is 25 minutes from our campsite 5 stars in Ardèche

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