Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


1 Apr.
5 Nov.

Time to eat! What do we put on our plates?

The Musée des Maisons Comtoises has chosen to focus on what we put on our plates. Seemingly trivial, the act of "eating" is nowadays a matter of choices, compromises, prescriptions, injunctions, conventions and so on. How do we position ourselves when faced with these choices? 

The exhibition opens with a question: What kind of eater are you? 

Visitors must position themselves on one of four profiles, each corresponding to a different part of the exhibition:

- The gourmet eater considers eating to be one of life's great pleasures. He frequently talks about cooking and pays great attention to the quality of the products he consumes.

- The "rational" eater sees himself as a manager of his health and longevity, believing that by following medical advice he can avoid or delay certain illnesses and stay in shape well into old age.

- The social and sociable eater, attached to the traditional rules of eating and conviviality, is happy to sit down at the table to share lunch with colleagues and dinner with family and friends. He hates skipping meals and being forced to eat too quickly.

- The "naturophile" eater thinks it's absolutely essential to protect oneself and the environment from pollution, and eats mostly organic or natural products.

Through four different approaches: the pleasure of eating; health through food; eating, a social act; and sustainable food, the exhibition aims to decipher our eating habits. The Franc-Comté diet will also be examined from these different angles.

The exhibition showcases the museum's collections of tableware, preserving jars and recipe books. All these objects show just how much our relationship with food has changed over the past century. Advances in medicine and nutrition, the end of famines and the development of new preservation techniques have profoundly altered the contents of our plates.