Haut Bugey

Bugey-Valromey Museum

Discover the different faces of Bugey and gain an insight into the drive and way of life of the locals, such as their handicrafts, agriculture and customs, the region’s most notable figures, its wildlife and landscapes, not forgetting their incredible collection of turned wood artwork.
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Located in a carefully preserved Renaissance-style house, at the foot of Grand Colombier Mountain, the Bugey-Valromey Museum will transport you through centuries of Bugey life, from the 19th century to today.

The kitchen and scullery with a slopstone sink, the bedroom, cellar and outhouse and the dovecotes provide the stage for reconstructions and displays of the museum’s collections. The area’s history, significant people, daily life, geography and wildlife, means of transportation and landscapes are just some of the main themes presented in the exhibitions.

Wood has always been, and continues to be, one of the area’s most important resources. An underlying theme of the visit, wood is featured in several of the museum’s collections, such as in the workshops which showcase the tools and material used in woodcraft professions (e.g. lumberjacks, coal producers, wheelwrights, coopers and woodturners). More impressive yet is the collection of turned artwork produced by 30 international artists, on display in the Renaissance house.

Bugey also has a remarkable natural landscape of green countryside and rolling hills - the view from the museum illustrates this. It is therefore no surprise that artists have always been inspired by its landscapes; and hikers by its valleys.

From April to November, the museum calendar is marked by an excellent cultural programme that brings together quality and conviviality, offering something for all tastes and all ages!


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Welcome supplement

Free individual visits at all times.
Guided group visits on request: minimum 10 people
For people with disabilities, an adapted visit is available by appointment.
Tourisme et Handicap brand - hearing impairment & mental disability


Garden and picnic area, accessible by museum visitors only.
Giftshop and bookstore with free access.
Fun and informative booklets available for children.


  • Museum of France
  • Departmental museum


  • English


  • Group accepted
  • Minimum group size: 10

Tourism and disability

1 wheelchair available to borrow from the reception desk.
A 50m-long wheelchair accessible path links the car park and reception desk.

artistic and sensory discovery

films in subtitled versions and in LSF (French sign language), with a map in relief with a story told with subtitles.

handling facsimiles (copies) of collectibles
Handling of wooden balls of different species in the exhibition of contemporary art works in turned wood

handling facsimiles (copies) of collectibles. Handling of wooden balls of different species in the exhibition of contemporary art works in turned wood.

  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability

Welcoming of pets

  • Pets refused



From 15/03 to 15/11 between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st.
Open all year long for group bookings.



Full price: 7 €
Reduced price: 4 €.

Free entry for children < 18 years, press, accompanying guides, the drivers, Job-seeker.
Group rate available for > 10 people.


  • Meeting rooms number: 1
  • Modular rooms number: 1
  • Total touristic capacty: 80

Services and comforts

  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Set down on-site for groups


  • Shows
  • Concert
  • Activity
  • Permanent exhibition
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Handicrafts workshops
  • Children's entertainment


  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Film room
  • Picnic area
  • Coach parking
  • Defibrillator
  • Free car park
  • Exhibition space
  • Covered picnic area
  • Entertainments room


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