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The Ecomusée d’Alsacelittle (half-timbered) houses on the prairie

What would you say to a walk through a traditional Alsatian village and to meet its craftsmen? The history and heritage of Alsace come alive in this breathtaking eco-museum. Don’t miss it!
Safeguarding heritage in a living environment

Safeguarding heritage in a living environment

The idea of ​​an eco-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 Eco-museum which received institutional support and opened in 1984.

Back then, the Eco-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!

But the Eco-museum also has a vocation to represent the current habitat and modern society. Since 2015, it houses an area on the theme: "Living in the 21st century in Alsace" as well as a festival of experimental constructions.

A fun and interactive visit

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 74 traditional homes.

The entire history of these old houses permeates every wall, every object, every part of the Eco-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.

3 reasons to visit the Ecomusée d’Alsace

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 night-sky "Dreams and lights" under the stars, a folk festival, fashion shows, exhibitions, interactive garden workshops, to name but a few.

And what a pleasure to stroll through the narrow streets of the Eco-museum, stopping to observe a master craftsman at work or the winners of the scarecrow contest ☺

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 with 65 door decorations, 87 window arrangements and 188 windowsill decorations created and installed.

And there’s more! Over 150 Christmas trees are set up in the village dressed with natural and authentic decorations.

And off we go for a month of enchantment, from Bredele (traditional Christmas biscuits) to fairy-tale shows or concert/dining... a captivating schedule!

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 it is simply to buy a good loaf of bread (the Eco-museum bakery awaits you) or getting involved in participative building projects, everyone can pitch in. Moreover, the Eco-museum operates thanks to help from many volunteers who are actively involved in keeping it alive.

The "Bauistella" architecture festival provides the Eco-museum with a chance to put builders and other professionals in touch with each other to think carefully about traditional constructions and the work of modern-day builders.

  • Address & Access

    Chemin Grosswald
    68190 Ungersheim
    +33 (0) 389 74 44 74
    info@ecomusee.alsace

    Shuttle Soléa: weekends and holidays from May 1 to August 20, departure Central Station.
    Car: GPS coordinates 47 ° 51'7,4''N; 7 ° 17'6''E and free car park
    Link between the Petit Prince Park and the Ecomusée by free shuttle.

     

  • Dates & times

    December 1st until January 6th 2019: open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am until 6.30pm<br />
    April 6th 2019 until May 31st 2019! open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm<br />
    June 1st until August 31st 2019: open every day from 10am until 6pm, open until Midnight on weekends from August 3rd until 18th and on August 15th.
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    September 1st until November 3rd 2019: open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 6pm.<br />
    December 1st to 31st 2019: open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am until 6.30pm (closed on December 24th)

  • Prices

    Adult: 15 € / Child (4-14 years) and reduced price: 10 €
    Family (4 people with maximum 2 adults): 46 €
    Season Pass: Adult: 37 € / Child (4-14 years) and reduced price: 25 € / Family: 80 €

    Duet ticket with the Petit Prince Park:
    Adult: 29 € / Child (4-14 years old): 22 € / Family (4 people with maximum 2 adults): 96€

    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.

More information on the Ecomusée d'Alsace website : www.ecomusee.alsace

A multifaceted Eco-museum that will never cease to amaze you!

Take advantage of the Little Prince Park close by for a relaxing break with the family.
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