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The Valley Museum

The Valley Museum occupies three spaces, distributed high Ubaye Serre -Ponçon , home testimonials, different but complementary , that was the life of a valley in the Southern Alps . That of St. Paul reconstructs the rhythms and activities of yesteryear thanks to models created by the last blacksmith Valley , Albert Manuel . Villa in La Pine Forest , Barcelonnette is Mexican epic is traced . Finally, at Pontis is presented , the school of the Republic of Jules Ferry: its clear objectives, simple and effective methods , the dedication of its teachers formed of men who learned simply to read, write and count against a backdrop of benches and stoves and impregnated with the scent of violet ink.

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Ecomuseums Champsaur

Country with a strong identity , Champsaur showcases its heritage : the Col Bayard , dairy Laye explains in a room is served a delicious meal of cheese, a variety of antique utensils related to the collection of milk and its transformation . Not far away , rural museum Pisançon near Saint -Bonnet , collected a large collection of objects and photographs , classified by theme : housing, marriage, school, champsaurine emigration. The Museum of Moulin de Pont- du- Ditch focuses on the lives of mountain people, their clothes, their tools. One of the houses Prapic houses a museum of popular arts and traditions where the memory of the last bear killed at the end of the last century , but today it is a family of marmots took up residence in the garden fleet.

Prefectural Museum of Gap

The prefect Ladoucette created in 1804 , the County Archaeological Museum which was transferred in 1910 , in its current context in which it was subject in 1988 , a major renovation . Parts of archeology are organized in chronological order , from the Neolithic ( elements trimmings , dagger , flint arrowheads , found near Serres ) , in the Middle Ages ( historiated capitals of the priory of Saint -André- de- Rosans ) through the Bronze Age ( adornment Réallon ) and Roman times ( stelae, everyday objects, and especially the beautiful bronze head of Jupiter Ammon , discovered in Champsaur ) . The fine arts are also present with sculptures and paintings of Spanish schools , Flemish, Dutch , Italian and French fourteenth century to the fifteenth century. Faience of Moustiers , Nevers, Marseille and Manises in Spain are presented. Local history is not absent with, among others , the mausoleum of Lesdiguières constable ; this work, black marble Champsaur and topped by a statue of the Duke , carved in alabaster, was executed in the seventeenth century by Jacob Richier . The local ethnography is particularly well highlighted with a collection of furniture and household utensils and pastoral Queyras : chairs , enclosed beds, chests , cradles, carved with geometric figures that dominate rosettes and small wheels , a curious bench to run for the first not babies , and a variety of objects, spinning wheels , brands bread , salt boxes . One room is devoted to animals and wildlife representative of the Hautes- Alpes birds. And temporary exhibitions are regularly held ' coming broaden the knowledge of the regional heritage.

Museum Earth and Time

The Earth museum and time settled in the chapel of the former convent of the Visitation of Sisteron. Current or old calendars from different Mayan cultures, Indonesian, Chinese ... , sundials , water clocks , hourglasses but also , watches and various clocks , the museum sifts through all means devised invented man for millennia to measure the passing of time . The reconstruction of the hourglass "castle" al- Jazari demonstrates the competence of the twelfth century Muslim engineers ... Rare piece , a Foucault pendulum demonstrates the rotation of the earth ... The museum also focuses on brands rooted in the earth and nature that , once decrypted , allowed man to build a geological time scale : strata , natural radioactivity of rocks, growth rings of trees are tools for establishing a dating . Departing from the museum , the road leads to Digne time through sites related to the measurement of time , as the sundial Mallaig ( where you can learn about dendrochronology dating method to from a tree cutting ), the " clock rock " of Sainte -Madeleine Thoard , or fossil daters Saint -Geniez . The World Heritage Site Pierre- Ecrite is also on the course.

Haute-Provence ethnological heritage Conservatory

Exploring sheepfolds of Contadour or dovecote of Forcalquier, participate in the rescue of a forgotten town ... These are just some of the activities offered by the Conservatory of ethnological heritage of Haute Provence, which s is on a mission to contribute to the knowledge of an area and what shape the culture of its inhabitants. Installed since 1981, the priory Salagon he helped save and restore the conservatory is a research and documentation, a museum and cultural activities take place. Many gardens have been restored: the simple medicinal plants, the scents and the medieval garden where nothing grows but cultivated before the great discoveries European species.

Museum of sirens

Sea monsters , birds head and bust of a woman , sirens lured ships onto the reefs to better devour the crew by their wonderful songs , say the ancient Greek myths. Yet their singing accents yielded to the lyre of Orpheus, and the wily Odysseus also triumphed over them. Become the sixth century , creatures to fishtail and bust of a woman , their fortune was made : Andersen Maurice Blanchot , they will not cease to inspire poets and thinkers ... And even zoologists. Mermaids have indeed given the group name Sirenia , large marine mammals evolving background warm waters , whose cries evoke a lamentation ... manatees and dugongs other , these " sea cows " live near the coast , feeding of algae and other aquatic plants. It was in 1938 that Father Lapparent discovered the neck of Lèques few kilometers above Castellane, amount of fossil skeletons Sirenia , from die there of that 40 million years in the waters marine area . Excavated in 1994 by the Geological Reserve of Haute- Provence invited on site American Daryl P. Domning , global specialist in fossil Sirenia , the site proved to present the most beautiful and rich deposit of fossil Sirenia ever discovered. It is now protected by a site museum, which is reached after a nice hike . At Castellane Similarly, the Sirens and Fossils Museum presents parallel mythical and wonderful world of mermaids and the Sirenia . A trip to the land of fossils in the footsteps of Alcide d' Orbigny (1802-1857) , naturalist, traveler, author of a French Paleontology, is also proposed in one of the rooms of the museum.

The Museum of prehistory of Quinson

At the dawn of the third millennium, the largest Museum of prehistory in Europe opened its doors in Quinson, small village of bass where since fifty years Verdon gorges, the cave of la Baume Bonne revealed over the excavations, a continuous human presence since almost half a million years. The Museum surprises by its avant-garde lines; It is the work of an English architect, Norman Foster, who has managed, by the design of its building, to symbolize the continuity of human occupation and express the link between the eras. The Museum of Quinson has emerged thanks to the extraordinary archaeological richness of the banks of the Verdon, where have been excavated 30 sites between the Lake of Sainte-Croix and Gréoux-les-Bains. There are gathered and organized the most important vestiges found on these sites, mainly in the right Baume: the rock shelter and cave, ideally located above the Verdon, seen like the Ante-Neanderthal (400 000 years), which has developed the ground of the shelter by a paving of pebbles, Neanderthal man and his flints (60 000 years), the Cro-Magnon manthen with their ceramic Neolithic farmers and their metals. Since its discovery by Bernard Bottet in 1945, la Baume Bonne interested leading specialists. Among them, Henry de Lumley, for whom this cave is "a book of history where all the pages are stacked. To make this story accessible and attractive, the designers of the Museum have organized several approaches; "intramuros", visit to the permanent exhibition, organized around a chronological itinerary divided into twenty space-time, since the formation of the Verdon to the Roman conquest. Explanatory panels, showcases presenting the most significant objects, slideshows (reconstructions of scenes from life of prehistoric man in three dimensions), kiosks, films and videos along the circuit. still inside the Museum, the visitor has access to extraordinary reconstructions of caves the Baume Bonne, on two levels, that of the Gallery of the Suns of Baudinard cave, and the walled Cave de Montpezat, where the first burial given to a newborn was discovered. Outside, on the edge of the Verdon, an animated space presents facsimiles of prehistoric habitats of periods and various locations, and offers various activities (size of flint, polishing of axes, firing ceramics, introduction to techniques of excavations...). A Neolithic Garden was laid out, in which plants of the first farmers (barley, spelt, chick peas, beans...) are grown and maintained with period tools! Finally, if want to access the prehistoric Baume Bonne site, it is now possible to register during a visit guided and commented by specialists. The Museum of Quinson can be regarded in all respects, as a model; but it is by its symbolic dimension it is the most innovative, and invites every visitor to reflect on the quality of man.

The Museum of “Tourneurs”

In the last century, the village of Aiguines lived to the rhythm of its towers wood and the sound of its earthy hammers. Thanks to abundant boxwood around and a free cutting right enjoyed by its inhabitants, woodworking workshops were settled there as early as the middle ages, producing everyday objects, handles of tools, spindles, drumsticks... A specialty there was born, that of the studded balls. Filmed in boxwood, chosen for its hardness, the balls were then studded handmade by the women of the country, the ferrous. The provision and the density of nails varied depending on the type of game (petanque, lyonnaise ball...)The appearance of the metal ball made disappear little by little this craft, fortunately out of oblivion by the Museum that is devoted and which has been installed in the workshop of the last Turner.

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