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La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff

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A great quirky museum that shows what life for onion growers used to be

Having visited Roscoff some 50 plus years ago I wanted to remind myself of what it was like. The... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2019
Ian P
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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Memories of our 'French Onion Man'!

As a child growing up in South Yorkshire I remember well the annual visit of the 'French Onion Man... read more

Reviewed May 23, 2018
CathyAJ
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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48 rue Brizeux | Parking De La Gare Gratuit À Deux Minutes À Pieds., 29680 Roscoff, France
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Have tried to visit this museum often but we have never been there at the right time, until last week. The museum, though small, has interesting videos and a very good talk by the guide - but in French! We were the only English speakers...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lesley S
Reviewed July 3, 2019 via mobile

Having visited Roscoff some 50 plus years ago I wanted to remind myself of what it was like. The museum is small though has some great exhibits. I loved the film of onion Johnnie’s in London during the 1960s

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Ian P
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Started by a Welshman, only 1 A4 sheet in English, everything else in French! An “English speaking guide” for the 1 hour tour, not when we were there. Great little museum but totally lacking enthusiasm when it comes to marketing! Oh, by the way the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Maisondesjohnnies, médiatrice culturelle at La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Hello peterandjenny282, Thanks for your precisions. The guided tour is actually in French, but information is available in English along the way . In this period, schedules are indeed restricted, but the high season arrives and three visits a day will be proposed. Thank you...More

Reviewed May 23, 2018

As a child growing up in South Yorkshire I remember well the annual visit of the 'French Onion Man' wearing his beret and riding his bike festooned with lovely pink onions. Half a century (or so) later I was fascinated to learn the history of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CathyAJ
Maisondesjohnnies, médiatrice culturelle at La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2018

Thank you for your visit ! Natacha.

Reviewed May 19, 2018

I've been aiming to visit this little museum for about ten years, but every time I have been either visiting or passing through Roscoff it has been closed. Then finally (17 May) my time in the town coincided with the museum's opening hours and I...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Stephen T
Maisondesjohnnies, médiatrice culturelle at La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Hello Stephen T, Thank you for your comment, see you soon ! Natacha

Reviewed April 25, 2018

Firstly, check the opening times as this place only opens fro a couple of hours in the afternoon. This is a very small museum dedicated to the "Johnnies" who older people will have either come across or hard of. This is a bit of nostalgia...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sted1955
Reviewed November 9, 2016

An interesting look into the way the French onion sellers now live, but also shows the history of the French onion sellers with their bikes and onions going to England and selling them there. In August there are market stalls with different types of onions,...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

We made a real effort to visit this building, going first to find opening hours and then returning specially to the town at the advertised time. The woman in charge was rude and unfriendly, told us we could not visit and muttered something about a...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed September 22, 2016

I can remember the Johnnies coming down our streets with their onions on their bicycles as a child and so I was very interested in visiting this small museum when in Roscoff. Some very good photos showing the history of the Johnnies and an excellent...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed August 27, 2015

This tiny museum dedicated to the Breton Farmers who first took their delicate pink onions to sell over in England is located in a quiet backstreet in the pretty little port of Roscoff. It tells the story and fortunes of a once lucrative and profitable...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Response from Shoegirl58 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but not open every day and not before 11 am I think! We were caught out and had to go on a walk while we waited for,them to open. Best to check their web site!
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