Clos Parchet Ecomuseum Farm

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The ecomuseum farm of Clos Parchet in Samoëns is an old traditional farm. It displays a considerable collection of antique utensils. Above all, it illustrates daily life on the adrets of Samoëns.

Born out of the desire to revive a traditional farmhouse dating from 1815, the Clos Parchet ecomuseum opened its doors in 1994.
It welcomes the public during guided tours led by the Guides du Patrimoine Savoie Mont Blanc. Visiting the ecomuseum means discovering the history of a family from the upper Giffre valley through a genuine farm visit. It displays the entire collection of Pierre and Simone Déchavassine. Pierre Déchavassine is the founder of the ecomuseum and restorer of the buildings. Simone Déchavassine, a retired teacher, holds the diploma of Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie. She runs the museum's visits, educational and artistic activities.

This farm is listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments. The building has been restored according to the old style and furnished in the 19th-century style.

The main part evokes the life of that period. The pre-last century in the Haut-Giffre Valley is revealed through the kitchen (the cuzna), the main room (the pèle), the stables, the hay barn, and the outbuildings (bread oven, attic, and shed).
An inventoried collection of more than 2000 utensils illustrates the work in the fields and the old trades. These are trades specific to the upper Giffre valley and more generally to Haute-Savoie: agro-pastoralism, traditional crops, wood, and stonework, etc.

Testimony of the family's movement according to the altitude and the seasons, this stir farm is located at an altitude of 1000 m on the adrets (the southern slope) of Samoëns.
Over time, it has changed from a temporary "mayeu" habitat to a permanent habitat. Finally abandoned, its pastureland environment must be preserved and enhanced. The visits end in the conviviality, so typical of Samoëns, around a tasting of regional products.
Finally, there are special activities for school-age children. It is necessary to make an appointment to organize these visits.

Warm clothes and mountain shoes recommended. Booking at the Tourist Office.

Types

  • Museum

Capacity

  • Maximum group size:50
  • Minimum group size: 15

Themes

  • Local tradition

Comforts

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French

Services

  • Pets welcome
  • Guided tours

Furniture

  • Car park
  • Coach parking

Accessibility

  • Mental disability

Services provided

Visits

  • Group visit duration: 120 min
  • Group visit duration: 120 min
  • Visits in: German, English, French
  • Guided group tours obligatory
  • Languages information panels: French
  • Documentation languages: French
  • Visits in English or German must be booked with Mme Dechavassine : 04 50 34 46 69

Prices

Group rate available for > 15 people.

Adult: from €7.50
Children: from 4,50 € (free for children under 12 years old).

Group rate from 15 people.

- Individuals: registration at the Tourist Office or directly at the museum.
- Group rates contact us directly.

  • Adult: from €7.50 Children: from 4,50 € (free for children under 12 years old). Group rate from 15 people. - Individuals: registration at the Tourist Office or directly at the museum. - Group rates contact us directly.

Means of payment

  • Cheque
  • Cash

Opening

From 10/06 to 30/06, every Thursday at 2 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
1st visit at 2 p.m.
2nd visit at 4 p.m.
Reservation required.

From 01/09 to 24/10, every Thursday between 2 pm and 4 pm.

From 25/10 to 07/11, every Thursday between 2 pm and 4 pm.

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