Saving heritage in a living place
The idea of an Ecomusée was born in 1971 when a group of students created the association ” Maisons paysannes d’Alsace ” to preserve and save old buildings.
With this goal in mind, members of the association are dismantling buildings in the Sundgau (the southernmost region of Alsace) to reassemble them on a piece of land they have obtained in Ungersheim, a few kilometers from Mulhouse.
The first reassembled house, in 1980, then launched the creation of the ecomuseum, which acquired institutional support and opened in 1984.
Twenty buildings then made up the Ecomusée, to which were added a fortified tower, a sawmill, a potter’s workshop…and thousands of objects or pieces of furniture donated in particular by the Alsatians themselves !
A playful and interactive visit
It is to a moment full of surprises and action that the Ecomusée d’Alsace invites you! Indeed, it does not only present the built heritage of the region but literally stages it in a village rich today with 80 buildings representative of Alsace.
All the history of these houses of yesteryear permeates each wall, each object, each aisle of the museum. The plunge into the past is immediate and complete : eyes and hands discover the delicacy of the constructions, the nobility of the materials, the excellence of the know-how.
Inescapable, the artisans reveal to the public all the facets of their trades : from the potter to the barber, from the baker to the blacksmith, they work for the safeguarding of this intangible heritage, transmitted from generation to generation. It is an enchantment to see them perform these sometimes spectacular and often centuries-old gestures!
The Ecomusée is all this, and much more : animations, exhibitions, workshops, etc. take place throughout the year to make it a resolutely lively and exciting place.