The Rural School Museum, an unusual society museum in the heart of the Breton countryside.
The past questions the present and outlines the future. This is true for all subjects. That of the educational world is no exception to the rule.
At the foot of the Menez-Hom, in Trégarvan, and only a few kilometres from the tourist hustle and bustle of the Crozon peninsula, the Rural School Museum is both a witness to a bygone era, that of schooling in the French countryside at the dawn of the 20th century, and an explorer of the near future, that of the school of tomorrow.
Cross the Aulne Maritime by the majestic Térénez bridge, then follow the road to Trégarvan. In less than 10 kilometres, on this winding road lined with undergrowth, you will have the impression of having travelled between two eras. This is what the Museum of Rural Schools in Brittany is all about: exploring the past to better understand the present.
Questioning current affairs, the rural school museum's favourite game
Start your visit with the temporary exhibition which deals with subjects closely related to school.
Until 13 June, discover the exhibition "À table! Here, the museum examines the issues of food in rural schools from the laws of Jules Ferry to the present day. This is far from anecdotal in France, since 6 million children eat lunch in the canteen every day. For all of them, the canteen evokes memories: good ones and not so good ones. For some, it is a time for friends. For others, it is a place where gastronomic and social anxieties are concentrated. But beyond the simple childhood memory, since the 19th century, food in schools has been a response to various issues.
At the beginning of July, the subject of food will be replaced by the use of screens in schools, with the exhibition "La fabrique de l'école 2.0". For more than 50 years, screens have been used in schools as a teaching tool. If today it is at the heart of controversy, as it has taken up so much space in our lives, how would we have done, without it, during the confinement of spring 2020 to ensure pedagogical continuity?
These two exhibitions offer you a rhythmic and careful scenography where historical objects, multimedia, films and testimonies punctuate the visit. They also invite you to interact, to leave a trace of your passage and to question the next visitor.
The permanent exhibition, witness to a bygone era
Continue your visit to the museum with the permanent exhibition, set up in the beautiful building of the former school of the commune. Here you will discover the reconstruction of classrooms from 1910 to 1970, featuring a collection of original objects: desks, geography maps, blackboards, clogs, decorative items, etc. On the first floor, enter the intimacy of the teachers of these same periods, with the reconstruction of rooms in their flats.
Outside, the playground surrounded by its wall, the playground and the toilets are other witnesses of the not so distant past.
The immediate surroundings of the museum, made up of agricultural plots and country roads, remind you of the subject of this museum: education in rural areas.
The museum's advantages
♦ The museum offers you a connected visit. Thanks to the Imagina application, access additional content: audio, video, quiz...
♦ Lead the investigation! For children aged 6 and over, ask at reception for the "police investigation" booklet and let your children wander through the museum like detectives on a mission.
These materials are included in the price of the visit.
♦ The family booklet, accessible to children from 6 years old, will also allow you to punctuate your visit with games corresponding to the different places in the museum. (Sold at the reception desk: 1€)
The setting: a postcard setting far from the beaches and crowds
Trégarvan is a rural commune but also the smallest village in Finistère, situated on the banks of the Aulne maritime. Beautiful walks can be made from the museum or the village. Don't leave without going to the slipway! It is the ideal place for a picnic, with your feet in the water, facing the beautiful forest of Rosnoën. Take advantage of the peace and quiet of this place to take a break, far from the noise of the world and out of time.
Artistic and creative workshops, discoveries and experiments in the labotager, guided tours, writing with a pen... Something for the whole family to enjoy during the spring holidays at the school museum!
From Sunday 10 April to Sunday 24 April, the museum will be open every day, except Saturday, from 2pm to 6pm. The museum's mediators have prepared a rich programme for these two weeks of holidays.
♦ The unmissable guided tours and penmanship will take place every Monday (except Easter Monday), Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.
♦ A flash visit to the labotager will take place on Thursdays at 3pm.
♦ On Tuesdays 12 and 19 April at 3pm, artistic workshops with a visual artist are offered to aspiring artists. They can discover two new workshops Labostylo to discover, create and experiment with this singular tool that is the biros and Crunching the school to observe the traces of the past and learn the art of sketching.
♦ On Thursday 14 at 3.15 pm, a Sculpte la nature workshop will be held where everyone can use clay to make their own ephemeral sculptures to decorate the garden.
♦ Finally, on Thursday 21 at 3.15 pm, it will be possible to create seed bombs.
♦ Not forgetting the (re)discovery of the exhibition "The School 2.0 Factory" which is on display until 29 May 2022.
|Rates||Category||Min (€)||Max (€)|
Students, accommodation partners, disability, Gîte de France passport, cultural passport in Finistère
From 8 to 17 years old
|Free of charge|
Under 8 years old
1€ in addition to the entrance fee
Museum of the rural school in Brittany
4 Kergroas 29560 TREGARVAN