Musée de Plein Air des Maisons Comtoises, Nancray

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Transport yourself back to a simpler time at Musée de Plein Air des Maisons Comtoises, an open-air street museum--the brainchild of Father Jean Garneret who sought to preserve a disappearing way of life by transporting 29 rural houses from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries to the site. All of the homes you will see are authentic including the furnishings, décor, and workshops.

Diverse organically grown gardens feature heirloom vegetables, herb gardens, and textile and dye-making plants. Live exhibitions show you how artisans and farmers created bricks and materials from mud, baked bread, and spun and weaved wool. The animal museum reflects the relationship between humans and farm animals, and preserves old domestic breeds to encourage their survival. You will also find a rare mountain beehive in existence since the 19th century. Put Musée de Plein Air des Maisons Comtoises at the forefront of your travel plans using our Nancray travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful stagings. You learn a lot of thing. Considerable work suitable for all audience: family, children, the disabled... One can spend 4 hours without problem. Animated workshops thoughtfully complete the visit: honey, old cans, medicinal plants... See fault.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Initially we visited by chance, more out of curiosity than actual desire. But in the end we loved, Museum has open sky, with the different houses found in franche Comté, the reasons for the use of materials and an evolution of the habitat with the times. And animations exciting done by enthusiasts, who brings a lot to the Museum. And the friendly people.
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  • August 5, 2017
    After a visit to Nancray, connoisseurs of history and culture grandfather will come away having discovered a thousand and one details that will enhance its knowledge, the neophyte will be filled and will in turn become a connoisseur. The different levels of reading of the visit allow both children and adults to satisfy their thirst for discovery. The cartels are precise, extremely well made the tour accompanying documents, the staff at the reception is available, friendly and competent. The individuals rendering the animations take time to learn, to share their knowledge. Nothing is overdone, all is implemented so that homes find their soul and become real locations of transmission of lifestyles, traditions. The collections are well highlighted, objects are well preserved, they perfectly tell the daily life of our ancestors. He really need to encourage this initiative, talk around you this fine achievement. A detail, but perhaps it would be good to have a slightly larger bookshop at the shop. The latter also fell in the trinkets...
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  • August 5, 2016
    Great day out with the kids. Run an amazing house of twigs workshop in its forrest. Restaurant has its own opening times so plan ahead or picnic in adjacent fields.
  • July 16, 2017
    Only used camping car Aire.
  • June 16, 2016
    Interesting museum in a nice setting. Don't miss the excellent restaurant on site.
  • August 20, 2017
    Nancray
  • June 17, 2012
    Do not miss this open air museum when in the Besancon area.

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