Summer events
From July to September

The summer season has begun! The lovely summer weather in Landes is perfect to (re)discover the village of Marquèze with family or friends, as a couple or by yourself.

Climb aboard the train, with its carriages registered as a historic monument and dating back to 1903, and enjoy an experience where time stands still at the heart of the iconic 19th-century Landes region.

It’s an authentic journey that will plunge young and old into the history of Landes, from past to present. It starts at the Pavilion, where you can see the permanent exhibition on land development in the Landes de Gascogne, as well as the temporary exhibition on sport. Then, the tour experience continues along a 4 km train ride from Sabres to Marquèze, immersed in daily Landes life. Finish by returning on the train...

Take a day to come together, discover, share, explore and savour. And that’s not all - summer at Marquèze also means traditional events and unforgettable occasions. Save the date!

Unmissable events 

JULY

Screening of the film “Le Petit Matin”, Saturday 2 July at 3pm

Pre-DVD release preview of the restored version of Jean-Gabriel Albicocco’s 1971 film, based on the book by Christine de Rivoyre.

Baby Museum, Sunday 3 July at 11:15am 

Baby Museum is a multisensory trail made especially for children from 6 months to 3 years old. It’s a short-format trail of around half an hour, where kids will smell, touch, taste, listen and observe. All the senses are awakened for a unique first museum visit!

Pavilion Encounters #4, Thursday 21 July at 6 pm

Encounter with: Vincent Duvignac, French and European surf champion; Frédéric Gilbert, regulatory officer of consumption practices in spaces in Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne; and Marie Meunier, head of the Landes sector and trainer at the Water Family association

 

AUGUST

Baby Museum, Sunday 7 august at 11:15am 

Baby Museum is a multisensory trail made especially for children from 6 months to 3 years old. It’s a short-format trail of around half an hour, where kids will smell, touch, taste, listen and observe. All the senses are awakened for a unique first museum visit!

Starry Night, Sunday 7 August at 9:15pm

The Marquèze village, isolated at the heart of the Landes de Gascogne Forest, is a wonderful place to engulf yourself in the Milky Way and observe the stars. Equipped with stargazing equipment, members of the Astronomie Gironde association will host this evening at the Ecomuseum.

“Traditional Sports Day”, Tuesday 9 August 

In connection with the “Sport for All! Sports in the Landes of Past and Present” exhibition, presented in the Marquèze pavilion, meet athletes who practice traditional southwestern sports. They will be delighted to explain, show and introduce you to their passions.

Rye-Threshing Day, Wednesday 10 August

After the harvest, the Ecomuseum teams and its partners and friends get to work threshing the rye. This day is your opportunity to discover the different threshing techniques used to produce straw.

Traditional Hunting and Fishing Day, Sunday 28 August

Take a day to discover the hunting and fishing practices traditionally found in the Landes with our mediators and partners.

SEPTEMBER

Baby Museum, Sunday 4 september at 11:15am 

Baby Museum is a multisensory trail made especially for children from 6 months to 3 years old. It’s a short-format trail of around half an hour, where kids will smell, touch, taste, listen and observe. All the senses are awakened for a unique first museum visit!

Pavilion Encounters #5, Thursday 8 September at 6 pm

Encounter with: Patrice Larrosa, President of the French Federation of Course Landaise; François Bordes, archivist and historian, former director of the Toulouse Municipal Archives; and François Hubert, head heritage conservator, former director of the Musée d’Aquitaine, (moderator).

European Heritage Days, 17 and 18 September

For the occasion of the traditional European Heritage Days, head to Parc Naturel Régional de Gascogne and Marquèze Ecomuseum, for a festive, free weekend discovering the heritage in the Ecomuseum and the local area.

Temporary exhibition “Sport for All!” until 30 September

Surf, rugby and basketball, as well as course landaise, skittles, and stilt racing are just a few of the eleven disciplines presented. Discover sixty contemporary photos from Marie Afdjene and Cyrille Vidal, two Landes photographers, which shine a spotlight on the local area and its sporting institutions (which also loaned items to the exhibition). It also explores major societal trends in relation with sport, an incredible vector for universal values. Head to the Marquèze Ecomuseum Pavilion to celebrate our athletes of past and present, some of whom are already preparing for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics!

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Daily events at Marquèze Ecomuseum

Every day, demonstrations, workshops and tours are offered for young and old, to learn a little more about the way of life in a Landes district in 1890.

Demonstrations of techniques show various aspects of the daily life of yesteryear: tour of the watermill, yoking the oxen, introduction to resin-tapping, meet the spinner, and more. During these demonstrations, mediators in period dress will recount and share the history, crafts and stories of these people, lost to the sands of time.

Marquèze also welcomes local partner associations all throughout the season, to present and demonstrate traditional, ancestral crafts. It’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy unforgettable encounters and discover Landes techniques, some which are still used nowadays.

No need to be jealous, there’s enough to delight everyone! Even for the littlies, Marquèze Ecomuseum has plenty to offer. Between discovery tools and interactive workshops, explore the Landes natural and cultural heritage in a way that’s both fun and active. From 6 months to 12 years old, there’s something for everyone: a multisensory “Baby Museum” trail for 6 months to 3-year-olds, Felix’s Workshops for 4 to 12-year-olds, booklets of games aimed at 3 to 6-year-olds and 7 to 12-year-olds, and more.

But any day you visit Marquèze, you can also stroll along the airial surrounded by Landes countryside, enter the houses and discover old-fashioned furniture and fittings, taste local treats like Pastis Landais straight out of the oven, discover exhibitions at the Pavilion, meet the animals (goats, cows, chickens, pigs and other furry or feathered friends) and simply enjoy a moment to unwind, where time stands still...

Our tips for a comfortable summer visit

While it may be nice to walk in the sunshine, here are a few tips for the high temperatures and summer crowds.

First tip: take your tour in the morning. This means you can avoid the hottest part of the day, while having time to enjoy the Marquèze village (tour estimated at 3-4 hours).

Then, we recommend organising your day well. The timetable of demonstrations of techniques is provided on the tour map when you arrive, or here. Furthermore, you can also purchase your tickets online, to avoid queueing at the ticket office.

Lastly, a shaded picnic area is available. Bringing your own sustenance means you can structure your day how you like, without having to wait in line. Bonus: lockers are available at the arrival station, to store your cooler while you take the tour, and there are multiple water fountains to refill your water bottles!

PS - our summer secret is to go and enjoy the exhibitions at the air-conditioned Pavilion! Not only are they educational and unmissable, but it also means you can avoid waiting for the train in the sun.

Practical information

Whether you’re visiting Marquèze for the first time, you love to be organized or you’re simply curious, here is everything you need to know to best plan your trip.

Now that you have all the keys to make the most of summer in Marquèze, enjoy your holidays and your trip!

Ecomusée de Marquèze
Route de la gare
40630 sabres

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