Museum of society / collector of memory(s) / curator of heritage / agitator of identity / researcher in ethnography...
From research to questioning, the museum wishes to give awareness, knowledge, perspective and flavour to a fragment of universality, that of Bigouden memory.

► Through its collections of sumptuously embroidered headdresses and costumes, chiselled furniture and archive images, the museum invites you to discover the traditional society of the Bigouden region.
Today, as in the past, Bigouden culture continues to be contemporary. In the four rooms of the tower of the Barons du Pont castle, it can be seen through its collections of headdresses and costumes, its habitat, its memory of feast days or work.

► As every year in the tower, the [im]permanent collections will be renewed: a room on the ground floor which will deal with the crêpe in the Bigouden region in partnership with the museums in the area. On the first floor : "Traditional society, a virtuous society?*room dedicated to the traditional furniture, a new presentation of the costume room on the second floor and a third floor dedicated this season to the Henri Le Bec photographic collection

► A collaborative museum, the Bigouden Museum works every year with the local population and with a dense network of private collectors, notably through loans.
♦ The Bigouden Museum is a "Musée de France" and has been working for several years in collaboration with several other territorial museums: the Breton Departmental Museum in Quimper, the Museum of Brittany in Rennes, the Mathurin Méheut Museum in Lamballe, the Museum of Art and History in Saint-Brieuc, and the Museum of Earthenware in Quimper, among others.
♦ It regularly dialogues or borrows works with this network of Museums of France in Brittany: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper, Port-Musée de Douarnenez, Musée des Marais-Salants in Batz-sur-Mer, Musée de Pont-Aven, Musée de la Fraise in Plougastel-Daoulas...
♦ The Bigouden Museum is also in contact with textile-related institutions such as the Museon Arlaten in Arles, the Galliera Fashion and Textile Museum in Paris, the MuCEM in Marseille and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
♦ In 2017, the museum also borrowed works from outside Brittany, from the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Reims and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris: le Petit Palais.

From 19 May 2021 to 7 November 2021: Temporary exhibition: The Bigouden epic of ready-to-wear clothing 1950-1980: 
From the 1950s onwards, the beginning of ready-to-wear clothing led to some curious developments in the Bigouden region. Paradoxically, the women, at the same time as responding to the call of city fashions, worked on an attempt to revive Bigouden embroidery. There are a plethora of dressmaking workshops in the area, Le Minor in the lead, but how many others: Plantade, Folgoas, Lorda, Durand-Perennou, Poulain-Kerloc'h?

It was a tidal wave, a surge that led the Bigoudènes to sell their products all over France: little aprons, blouses, bonnets, not to mention the famous kabigs.

This aesthetic adventure obviously made the Bigouden region - Pont-l'Abbé in particular - shine for several decades. Beyond fashion, it was also a real economic and social epic which, along with the canning factories, allowed hundreds of women to remain working "in the country".

Through an original scenography, textile objects, embroidery machines, iconography and testimonies, the exhibition will plunge the visitor into the second half of the 20th century, a period full of colour, and will allow to grasp the extent of this singular epic.

https://musee.ville-pontlabbe.bzh/