Our museum, located in Nancray and covering no less than 37 acres of greenery, is unique in the Franche Comté region. Welcome to the open-air museum of typical houses from our region. It’s the perfect place to stroll around; you’ll enjoy walking along the trail and learning about new things on the way. It’s time to take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy our museum!

Houses and history

As in any museum worthy of its name, our exhibits are all authentic. You won’t find any replicas here: all the houses were carefully taken to pieces at their original site and then rebuilt at the museum. These houses date back to the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and show us exactly what our ancestors’ living conditions were like. This realism allows us to draw comparisons with modern-day life and think about the future. It is a real three-dimensional show!

Gardens and Mother Nature

Around the houses, organically-tended gardens are scattered here and there; historical gardens, gardens with long-forgotten vegetables, medicinal herb gardens, gardens growing food produce, fibre plants and plants used to make dyes, a mountain vegetable garden ….all these different themes in order to better understand the use of and need for plants. But the Museum also has a life-sized natural backdrop where the landscape is made up of ponds, undergrowth, paths, orchards and hedges; you will be able to see the different wild animals that live here.

 An animals’ paradise

The Museum is also a prime example of the close link between man and farm animals. It thus helps to protect older breeds of farm animals, which can be seen wandering freely. The Museum also has a colony of bees living in 19th-century mountain hives. It’s time to visit the flowers!


Very sustainable development

The Museum’s very diversity means that it is the perfect place to raise the issue of sustainable development. Living, managing resources and preserving one’s environment. …… local history can thus show us different ways of respecting the environment we live in. Understanding how people lived in the eighteenth century can also give us ideas of how to see further into the twenty-first century.