Museum "La Maison d'Autrefois" - Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Museum of local art and traditions

Since 1987, “The House of Yesteryear”, in the town centre, has been welcoming visitors – entrance free. Come and be transported back to another age thanks to the 9 themed rooms of the museum.

Musée La maison d'autrefois
Rue de l'ancienne Poste
86360 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
Tél. : 05 49 52 83 64
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SMART DEAL: free entrance; discover the museum alone or with a guide. Low season – guided visits with prior booking and according to availability of a guide.

Opening period
from: 02/06/2018 to: 16/09/2018

Museum of local art and traditions from the 19th century to the 1960’s.

The “Yesteryear House” presents furniture, clothes, regional headdresses and bonnets, tools and everyday paraphernalia in nine themed rooms. The museum pays homage to the famous LECLENCHE batteries whose factory once stood in the town. Stroll from a typical poitevin living room past the 19th century bourgeois garments and regional headdresses and bonnets to the room housing religious items. Other rooms are dedicated to white cooperage, woodwork, yesterday’s toys, an exciting collection of the very first wirelesses…Many professions are represented, from the smithy to the wine grower, from the rural policeman to the midwife!


A new exhibition hall opened in 2012 for temporary exhibitions.

However one side retraces the town’s history. The Carolingian era is represented by a recreation of what Louis le Pieux (King Louis the Pious), said to have been born in Chasseneuil, would have worn. A sword dating back to Charlemagne (8th century A.D.) is also on show. Then journey through time to the 18th century via numerous documents and laws concerning everyday life in the town.

Visit “Yesteryear House Museum” and discover all there is to know about Chasseneuil du Poitou and the area around the Futuroscope .

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