Safeguarding heritage in a living environment
The idea of an open air museum was born in 1971 when a group of students created the "Farmhouses of Alsace" association to preserve and save old buildings.
With this in mind, members of the association dismantled buildings in Sundgau (southernmost region of Alsace) to reassemble them on a plot of land they had obtained in Ungersheim, a few kilometers from Mulhouse.
The first house, built in 1980, triggered the creation of the Ecomusée which received institutional support and opened in 1984.
Back then, the museum was made up of twenty buildings, plus a strong tower, a saw mill, a pottery workshop ... and thousands of objects and pieces of furniture donated by Alsatians themselves!
A fun and interactive visit
The Ecomusée d’Alsace invites you to a visit full of surprises and action! Not content to present the built heritage of the region, the eco-museum literally showcases it within a village that boasts 80 traditional buildings.
The entire history of these old houses permeates every wall, every object, every part of the museum. Visitors are immediately and completely plunged into the past. Their eyes and hands explore the intricate constructions, noble materials and the perfect craftsmanship.
The indispensible craftsmen show visitors the many facets of their trades. From the potter to the barber, the baker to the blacksmith, they work to safeguard their intangible heritage, handed down from generation to generation. It's a delight to watch them perform their sometimes spectacular and often centuries-old gestures!
The Ecomusée d’Alsace is all of this and much more – activities, exhibitions, workshops and other events take place throughout the year making it a resolutely lively and exciting place.
Summer at the Ecomusée d'Alsace - focus on Nature
Located in a haven of greenery, the Ecomusée d'Alsace knows how to make the most of the sweet summer or spring months to highlight its best assets.
Discover the astonishing biodiversity and also "La Forêt des Jeux", a real family playground, dedicated to the protection of the environment.
Numerous events punctuate the year, such as "La Fête au Village" (a village fête), the folk festival, exhibitions, participatory workshops, the "Arts of fire" festival, etc...
L’Ecomusée d’Alsace at Christmas – a touch of magic in the village
Throughout the month of December the Ecomusée d'Alsace gets ready for Christmas: the authenticity and beauty of the houses will take you back to the past traditions of Alsace, with the smell of family objects, waxed floors, fir trees, good food, etc. Then, explore the great alley of today's Christmas with its shimmering lights! Here, the houses are dressed with plant decorations, sound elements and fairy lights...
Take part in the many daily activities, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, taste the famous Alsatian "bredeles" (traditional Christmas biscuits), share your best wishes on the Advent wreath, visit the small craft market... And feel the magic and warmth of an authentic Christmas.
A museum deeply rooted within the community and a sign of its time
The Ecomusée d’Alsace has found its place in the lives and hearts of the people of Alsace.
Whether you simply want to take a walk along the nature trails or get involved through participatory workcamps, everyone can get involved. Moreover, the museum operates thanks to help from 300 volunteers who are actively involved in keeping it alive.
A multifaceted museum that will never ceaze to amaze you!
Address & Access
+33 (0) 389 74 44 74
Dates & times
Open until November 1st 2021 from Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays from 10am to 6pm.
Open from November 27th 2021 to January 2nd 2022 from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (except December 24th and 31st).
Presentation of the Health Pass obligatory for over 18s / from 30 August for over 12s (vaccination certificate (2nd dose) more than 7 days old OR PCR or antigenic test certificate less than 48 hours old OR COVID-19 recovery certificate) which can be presented in paper or digital form. Proof of identity will be requested in addition to the Health Pass.
Adult: 15 € / Child (4-14 years) and reduced price: 10 €
Family (4 people with maximum 2 adults): 46 €
Special deal: Ecomusée Alsace is part of the Mulhouse City Pass! Take advantage of our special offer to visit the museum and enjoy many other benefits.