an authentic dive into the history of the Landes de Gascogne

an authentic dive into the history of the Landes de Gascogne
an authentic dive into the history of the Landes de Gascogne

Since its foundation in 1969 by the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park, this ecomuseum has established itself as an emblematic place of the Landes heritageattracting between 80,000 and 100,000 visitors each year.

A return to the past: the ecomuseum as an open-air museum

In Marquèze, visitors are invited to relive the daily life of the inhabitants of the Great Land in the 19th century. Over a vast territory of 25 hectares, the ecomuseum displays a meticulous reconstruction of the way of life of the shepherds-farmers of the time. The landscapes, buildings and agricultural practices are faithfully preserved or reconstructed, offering an authentic dive into the history of the region.

Daily life reinvented: discovery of themes

At Marquèze, visitors can explore four major themes that structure the museum experience:

Rich museum and event programming

Each season is marked by a varied program, including demonstrations in traditional outfits, thematic exhibitions and special events. These activities allow visitors to discover the ancestral traditions and know-how of the region, while enjoying friendly and enriching moments with family or friends.

Promotion of the Gascon language

The ecomuseum gives a special place to the Gascon language, highlighting its importance in the culture and identity of the Landes de Gascogne. Awareness initiatives and linguistic activities are offered to visitors to discover and preserve this unique linguistic heritagethus contributing to its transmission to future generations.

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Personalized welcome for all audiences

Keen to make the visit accessible to all, the ecomuseum offers guided tours, activities adapted to children and people with reduced mobility, as well as special programs for school groups and local associations. Each visitor is welcomed with attention and kindness, guaranteeing a memorable experience for everyone.

Special attention to biodiversity

Preserving the environment and raising awareness of biodiversity occupy a central place in Marquèze. Concrete actions are taken to preserve local ecosystems and raise visitors’ awareness of the region’s environmental issues. Through exhibitions, workshops and outdoor activities, visitors are invited to discover the natural wealth of the Landes de Gascogne and to become actors committed to its preservation.

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A train trip: access to Marquèze

To access the ecomuseum, visitors embark on a train journey through the picturesque landscapes of the Landes de Gascogne. The vintage cars, classified as Historic Monuments, offer an authentic experience, transporting visitors to the past as soon as they arrive in Marquèze. This train journey is already a memorable experience, allowing visitors to gradually immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of the ecomuseum.

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The Pavilion: an essential cultural center

Opposite the old Sabers station stands the Pavillon de Marquèze, a space dedicated to exhibitions, the conservation of collections and cultural events. Built in 2008 by architect Bruno Mader, this place houses a permanent exhibition tracing the history and evolution of the territory, as well as temporary thematic exhibitions, offering visitors a complete vision of the cultural and historical wealth of the Landes de Gascogne . Conferences, meetings and cultural events are also organized there throughout the year, making the Pavilion a essential cultural hub In the region.

The Écomusée de Marquèze constitutes a true immersion in the history, culture and nature of the Landes de Gascogne. With its commitment to heritage preservation and environmental awareness, it embodies an essential place of education and discovery for all history and nature lovers. Immerse yourself in the past and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of this unique eco-museum.

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