Maison des Alpages museum

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In the heart of the listed village of Besse-en-Oisans, the Maison des Alpages houses a museum, a projection room and exhibitions dedicated to pastoral life. It also organises excursions to meet the shepherds and their flocks.

About : Maison des Alpages museum

The visit to the museum is divided into several parts:

A permanent and interactive exhibition invites visitors to learn more about pastoralism as it is practised today, dispelling preconceived ideas and and highlighting age-old know-how.
-A museum area devoted to the rich history of Besse en Oisans and the Ferrand Valley, which depicts life in the mountain villages of yesteryear (collections of old objects, photos, testimonials, etc.).
-A number of sections on issues such as global warming, predators, the environment and the economy linked to pastoralism complete the visit.
The Maison des Alpages also offers free activities for children: access to the library (a wide range of books on the mountain environment, plant and animal life, transhumance, life in the past). A booklet of games and riddles is also available on request at the reception.
The visit ends with the museum shop, which is mainly dedicated to local producers and aims to showcase quality products to local and visiting customers, by promoting the members of the Oisans Savoir Faire Route, Alpe is Here and the Ecrins National Park.

The Maison des Alpages also offers guided tours of Besse, excursions to the mountain pastures to meet the shepherds and their flocks, as well as hikes through the pasture hamlets. These outings can be rounded off with a film from the festival "Les alpages font leur cinéma".

More information on the outings and activities can be found on the dedicated web pages (outings and visits can be booked online) or on www.maisondesalpages-besse.com, as well as on the Facebook page of the Maison des Alpages.
You can also contact the Maison des Alpages on 04.76.80.19.09 to ask any questions and book your activities.

LABELS:
- Member of the "Richesses Culturelles de l'Oisans" network (RCO)
- Member of the "Oisans Savoir-Faire Route"
-Esprit Parc National
-Ecrins National Park Information Point

Age minimum : 12 mois

En bref

English - French

Pets welcome

Car park

From 12 months

Accessible in autonomy

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Exhibition space
  • Book shop
  • Car park
  • Orientation board
  • Entertainments room
  • Film room
  • Parking
  • Coach parking

Services

  • Pets welcome
  • Educational visits
  • Room hire
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Permanent entertainments organiser
  • Tourist routes
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Booking of general amenities
  • Guided tours

Services

Tours

  • Language of the tour: English, French
  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request
  • Unguided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Capacity

  • Number of meeting rooms: 1
  • 50 personne(s) maximum

Videos

Opening

From 01/07 to 31/08
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 7 pm. On Saturday between 10 am and 7 pm.
From 10 AM to 12 and from 2 PM to 7 PM.

Prices

Adult: 4 €
Group adults: 3 to 9 €.

Free entry for children < 15 years.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

Means of payment

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • Cash

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Location supplement

The Maison Départementale des Alpages is located in Besse en Oisans, the municipality with the largest mountain pasture in the region, the 2900 hectare Emparis plateau. Due to their history, evolution and the fact that they are still active, these mountain pastures are the ideal place to connect those involved in pastoralism with the wider public.