Museum of the rural school in Brittany
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 28 May 2023, the temporary exhibition of the Museum of Rural Schools in Brittany, All sexWhat does it mean?The conference will look at the origins of sex education in schools. The subject of fantasies and rumours, sex education is not a separate subject in schools, but has been part of the school curriculum since 1973.
So why does this issue remain so sensitive today? Through school textbooks, anatomical plates, pupils' and teachers' notebooks as well as educational material made available to schools and families, the exhibition retraces almost a century of evolution, questioning, exchanges and unspoken words.
From 2 July 2023, the new temporary exhibition will present the work of the illustrator Raylambert (1889-1967). His name seems to have been forgotten today, but he was the artist who gave a new lease of life to school imagery. The textbooks were transformed by his work and became less austere: their layout was lighter, more colourful and above all illustrated. From the Livre des quatre saisons (1928) to Nanou et Nanoche découvrent le monde (1956), via the famous Au pays bleu - Roman d'une vie d'enfant (1941) published during the Occupation, Raylambert illustrated some seventy books.
and school novels.
Through these textbooks and school novels, didactic plates, pictures and good points illustrated by Raylambert as well as many original drawings, the exhibition will trace the
career of the artist who revolutionised school textbooks and left his mark on a whole generation of schoolchildren.
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 museum's immediate surroundings of farmland and country roads remind you of the museum's subject matter: rural education.
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.
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|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