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Information / Presentation

Built by Claude de Thiard de Bissy in the 17th century on the site of a former fortified manor house, the chateau of Pierre de Bresse and its parkland remained in the same family until the 19th century.  The chateau was acquired by the Conseil General of Saone et Loire in 1956 and it became the home of the eco-museum in 1981.

The interiors and exteriors of the chateau, the moats, the main gates and the perspective from these gates onto the main facade of the building, as well as the parkland, are all classified as Historic Monuments.

There are a range of permanent exhibitions open to the public which demonstrate and illustrate the natural history, the history, aspects of the traditional way of life and the current economic and social situation in Bresse Burgundy.  Taking pride of place amongst the exhibitions are three exhibits showing “Life in the Chateau” as it was during the time of the illustrious Thiard family.

Discovering Bresse Burgundy...

All the different aspects of the natural history of the Bresse area are covered (geology, water courses, forest, cultivation...).  One room is dedicated to the history of the Bresse and explains both the traditional culture (costumes, pottery, musique...) and those occupations that are emblematic of the Bresse (rush-work chair seats, poultry farming, roof-tile manufacture, etc.) are shown and explained via a series of display cases and reconstructions.  There is a room dedicated to furniture.  The museum possesses a diverse range of furniture that comes from both simple rural homes and larger, more wealthy houses.

The Noirot Collection of animals in their natural environment is displayed in one of the chateau’s towers, where a multi-media terminal offers the chance to listen to different bird songs.

Bressane architecture is displayed on the second floor of the chateau, from its beginnings to the 21st century.  Collections, models, art works, information boards, multi-media terminal and films reveal the techniques, geographic and human elements that constitute Bressane buildings.

But also...

There are additional spaces that are set aside for audiovisual presentations and temporary exhibits, there is a centre for documentation and research, a gift shop, a tea room, and spaces for concerts and conferences.

Each year the Eco-museum plays host to a rich programme of events, including a musical season, conferences and film shows.

dates / times / rates

Open every day from 10am to 12pm and 2m to 6pm, from monday to friday, and from 2pm to 6pm on saturday and sunday.

From 1st June to 30th September : open everyday from 10am to 12.30am and from 1.30pm to 6pm.

Close annually from 19th December 2020 to 16th January 2021 and on the 1st May.

Adults: €8,50

Children (from 12 to 18 years old) : €4

Free for under 12 years old.



Address : Château de Pierre de Bresse
71270 Pierre de Bresse
Telephone number :
Website : http://www.ecomusee-bresse71.fr/
Email : ecomusee.de.la.bresse@wanadoo.fr