The Museums

Natural history museum of the Ardèche

In the village of Balazuc, at the doors of Gorges de L’Ardèche, the museum welcome you 7/7 from the 1st of april to the 31 of october whithout reservation. Come and discover the geological story of the Ardèche on 200 m² with a fabulous collection of authentic fossiles. Start your own collection with our fossils’findings workshops.

More than 800 authentic fossils tell the story of the Ardèche since 300 millions years. Bernard Riou, a famous local paleontologist, explores local reocks since 1975 and exposes some fossils known all over the world for their beauty and an important scientific input.

Mas Daudet

Visit a real Ardèche farmhouse and Alphonse Daudet’s family home with amazing architecture and collections. Silkworm farm, investigations, games and hikes.

The silk museum of Lagorce

The silkworm once woven a prosperous and shared economy.

Discover its natural, economic and social history (films, model, objects …)

Traditional and complete breeding of silkworms in the magnanerie: from the egg to the butterfly.

The chestnut-museum

The chestnut-museum is located in an ancient monastery of the 17th century in the heart of the medieval city of Joyeuse.
Our museum will take you away into the past of the « bread tree » that saved lives of men and animals in former times in the Cevennes. You’ll find all about the culture of the chestnut tree which is typical for our region. The exhibition of ancient tools serving maintenance of the plantation or gathering sweet chestnuts or conservation treatment of the fresh fruit or shelling of the dried fruit is unique… And there are several objects and furniture of daily life in former times, always made of chestnut wood : the famous « berles » of the 18th century, cupboards cut from the hollowed trunk itself. In our days, the sweet chestnut is representing an economical factor . The department Ardèche is its most important producer in France.

The lavender museum

The lavender museum used to be the little sheep pen known as “Des Arredons” by  César Brun. Around it he grazed his herds of goats and sheep. Thanks to the imagination and excellent restoration work of its new owners, the Lavender Museum saw the light of day little by little and opened its doors in 2002. In 2015, the great grandchildren of César Brun came full circle and bought back the museum.