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Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne

17, rue Sainte-Anne | Monastère des Bernardines, 21000 Dijon, France
03 80 48 80 90
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Ranked #6 of 23 attractions in Dijon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Apr 20, 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Housed in a former convent, and with a Museum of sacred Art next door, this museum is a treasure trove of folkways and the history of ordinary people of Burgundy. Displays with mannequins depict marriage, childhood, trades and customs. There are furnished rooms, vitrines of tools, cooking implements, toys, mock-ups of traditional shops. Full of information without being cluttered. I... More

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Sydney, Australia
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148 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We really liked this museum and its free. Definitely worth a visit and persist to find it - the downside is that the entrance door is not that easy to find. A little plaque directs you to a plain pale blue door and you open it, and you are there. But it's not obvious. However the museum is good, particularly... More

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Arlington, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

This was an extremely interesting museum of various implements and inventions. I never expected it to be so large and interesting. The museum gave a great glimpse of life in Burgundy. There were also displays of many coifffes and bonnets, as well as an old pharmacy and a mustard shop.

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Maidenhead, England
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This was for me the most interesting museum of all, covering all aspects of everyday life, beautifully displayed in an old convent. It is also right next door to the Museum of Sacred Art. Take the city bus to St. Anne and it drops you off just a few steps away. Make sure you visit.

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Really interesting and the volunteers are knowledgeable and eager to share details on the exhibits. A passing knowledge of French helps as the younger staff, like most of France, tend to know some English but the older docents are, quite reasonably, French through and through. My personal fave was old baby buggy and the packaging and marketing from decades past.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The museum is a little tucked away but well worth the detour. The receptionist handed us a guide in English and off we went, the layout on then upper floors is a little confusing at times, but guide book explains it well. This isn't an interactive museum you do have to look at the exhibits and interpret them yourself.

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Tenby, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We specifically went into Dijon to visit this museum. It was interesting but not stimulating, we had three of our children with us (7 - 11), who are used to visiting places. There wasn't anything for them to touch or play with (in fact, at one point my 9 year old, who is very well behaved, was told off for... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This museum is off the beaten track. We went in July and were the only visitors there at that time. The museum tells a story about a Burgundian child showing what happens at each stage of their life. On the middle floor there are reconstructions of shops. Explanations are clear and exhibits are well set out.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

This museum adjacent to the St Anne car park demonstrates the life in the olden days in Dijon and area. There are wonderful displays of shops, old workshops and different lifestyles. The attendants were helpful showing us the English book guide (not the lady at the reception desk) and guiding us to the next exhibits. It is free and the... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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9 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is one of the more interesting museums I have ever visited, and I have visited plenty. It is a labor of love that includes a large number of displays that are essentially recreations of old workshops, hat stores, cookie factories, and many other interesting reconstructed facilities, using authentic period materials and objects. Dijon has a very interesting history and... More

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