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What is the house of the master of the Dykes ?
We are in the part of the Marais poitevin called the dry marshes. This place is very important for the History of the Marais poitevin, because it was the location for the very first Union of the marshes in 1646.
This Union was composed of owners of the lands, who had dried the marshes for farming.
The house of the master of the dykes is now a museum, a place to visit. But in the past, it was a farm, where the master of the dykes lived, in exchange for work.
Master of the dykes is an ancient activity, from the 17h century to the 20th century. This person had to check the good working order of the marshes, maintain the canals and the dykes, and control the water level in the canals.
In the past and still today, dykes are necessary to protect the dry marshes from flooding.
There are different buildings and six rooms, with videos, panels, photos and traditional objects. All the information is provided in English, either directly in the exhibition rooms, or on a document given to you at the reception.
You will understand the purpose of the dyke, and the difference between wet marshes and dry marshes.
Then, you will jump into the past to discover the house, the job and the everyday life of the master of the dykes in the 19th century.
Outside, you can see goats and donkeys from local breeds and other things like the traditional wood oven.
For children from 7 to 12 years, we offer a free booklet with fun and educational activities.
In summer, there are days when children can ride a donkey around the museum (booking is recommended).
Adult : 5 €
Adult reduced fee (visitor’passeport, student, disabled, group…) : 3,50 €
Under 18 year olds : free
July and August :
Every day from 9:30 am to 12:30 and from 1:30pm to 6:00 pm (from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm during holidays)
April, May, June and September :
On Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm (from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm during holidays)
February, March, October, November and December :
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:30 and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (closed during holidays)
Last entry 45 minutes before closing.
The visit lasts about one hour and a half.
Dogs are not allowed to visit the museum (except guide dogs).
There are 4 picnic tables : 2 on the car park and 2 inside the payed area.
If you want to buy sandwiches at the bakery, you can drive 2 minutes to the village of Chaillé les Marais.
Services on site
The welcome desk of the museum is also a tourist office.
So, you can find there :
– Tourist leaflets (site visits, entertainment, events…)
– Advice for your holidays
– A ticketing service (Puy du Fou, cruises, fishing license, zoo, aquariums, walks…)
– Free wifi
– The possibility to do photocopies (paid service)
– A little store with post cards, books, local products and others souvenirs
– A little table for children
Ticketing and leaflet
Reserve your visit
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