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 shop of the museum : natural products made of sweet chestnuts by our local producers ; gingerbread, chestnut honey, biscuits with chestnutflour, chestnut jam, chestnut liqueur…
English translation is available at reception.
2017 - Opening hours
|April||Tuesday to friday : from 2 to 6 pm
(closed on monday, saturday and sunday)
|Mai, june, sept.& october||Tuesday to sunday : from 2 to 6 pm
(closed on monday)
|July & august||Tuesday to friday:from 10 to 12am & from 2 to 6 pm
Monday, saturday and sunday : from 2 to 6 pm
The visit takes about 45 minutes
|Teenager (11 - 17 years old)||3.50 €|
|Children (6- 10 years old)||1.50 €|
Rates for groups
Adults (10-60 persons) / Booking 10 days before
|Guided visit of the chestnut museum (in french)||3.50 or 4.10 €|
|Tasting of chestnut products||1.10 or 2,20 €|