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The whole of Franche-Comté in an open-air museum!

A unique site, accessible to all, ideal for an original outing with family or friends!

At the gateway to the Jura mountains, enjoy a unique visiting experience through an immersive tour of 35 authentic Comtois buildings. 

Discover 35 unique buildings

All these buildings from the 17th to the 19th century have been dismantled, transported and faithfully reconstructed since 1984 in the heart of a preserved natural area of 16 hectares. Discover how the inhabitants of the Haut-Doubs, Haut-Jura, Vosges Saônoises, Bresse jurassienne, Plateau du Jura and Sundgau built with local materials to protect people, animals and crops from the climate.

A Museum of France

The museum's collections are also made up of more than 22,000 objects illustrating the evolution of daily life from 1660 to 1950 through reconstructions of the interiors of the houses presented.

Medicinal garden

Enjoy a unique experience

The Musée des Maisons Comtoises is one of five open-air museums in France. Like model houses, they are equipped from the cellar to the attic. During your visit, immerse yourself in the intimacy of the inhabitants of a region from 1750 to 1950!

A museum for the future

What if yesterday's farming world allowed us to reflect on future societal issues? What about our relationship with animals, the worrying decline of bees, the crisis in the agricultural world, our newfound taste for growing vegetables, making our own cosmetics or bread? These are the questions that the museum team asks every day, and it shares them with you through daily activities and temporary exhibitions.

Potager fermes du sundgau

The genesis of the museum

The Museum is the work of an abbot, Jean Garneret (1907-2002), who was a priest, curator, ethnologist and designer. This site is the result of a lifetime of research, observations, collections and surveys.
Supported by Georges-Henri Rivière and his association, Folklore comtois, the project for a regional museum-park was written in 1980 by Abbé Garneret and Pierre Bourgin, his disciple. The latter was the director of the museum until 1997. In the association's project, it is stated that the houses should cover the whole of the Franche-Comté region.
Nancray was chosen as the location: easily accessible, close to Besançon, the site is naturally hilly. The municipal land is vast: 16 hectares.
The prefect gave his authorization in 1983. The Museum opened to the public in 1988 with five houses.

Abbé Garneret
Abbé Garneret