La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff

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La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff

La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon de Roscoff
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Tawviewers
Devon, UK62 contributions
Interesting little museum.
Oct 2019
We visited the museum, having read the reviews and having been to Roscoff many times but never visited. The museum is quite small, and a lot of the content is in French (reasonable as its in France I feel, and the fault is mine for not being better at French). The parts I particularly enjoyed were the photos of Johnnies and their families, both in Finistere but also in England. I remember one coming to the back door of my childhood home in the New Forest, so I felt connected a bit. I also enjoyed the film, with music and lots of people talking - I had no real idea what they were saying but it didnt really matter. There were also some displays that I understood enough French to get some idea of meaning from - but again, that was fine. Also enjoyed looking at some farm equipment that looked like it came from my childhood. I really think that this is a museum that you take as you find it. I went in with a positive frame of mind, and was happy with what I found. I would have liked more onions around, and for the touch screen display for kids to work out what ingredients go into various recipes had more variety.
Written October 21, 2019
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Hello, thank you for your opinion ! Natacha ADLERFLIEGEL, médiatrice culturelle
Written December 10, 2019
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Lesley S
Newquay, UK81 contributions
Excellent
Sep 2019
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 there but there is a written commentary as well. A must to visit especially if you remember the onion Johnnies coming to UK to sell their onions.
Written September 18, 2019
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Hello, Thank you for your visit to the museum and roscoff Natacha Adlerfliegel, médiatrice culturelle
Written December 10, 2019
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Ian P
Tavistock, UK45 contributions
A great quirky museum that shows what life for onion growers used to be
Jun 2019 • Couples
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
Written July 3, 2019
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peterandjenny282
Swindon, UK417 contributions
Don’t expect to be enthralled.
Jun 2018 • Couples
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 entrance times a very restricted.
Written June 2, 2018
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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 for you visit.
Written June 5, 2018
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CathyAJ
Taunton, UK259 contributions
Memories of our 'French Onion Man'!
May 2018 • Couples
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 'Les Johnnies' and the hard life they and their families endured to bring us our annual treat. An interesting collection of photographs (I didn't manage to find a photo of our Johnnie!), stories and memorabilia that forms a significant part of Roscoff's history.
Written May 23, 2018
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Thank you for your visit ! Natacha.
Written May 24, 2018
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Stephen T
Looe, UK127 contributions
Small but perfectly formed - a bit like the onions!
May 2018 • Family
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 got to see it.

There's not a huge amount to see, but it is well presented, and the guided tour, which lasts about an hour, is informative and very entertaining. The guide didn't so much tell us the story as act it out - quite a few laughs along the way. First she took us through the growing and harvesting cycle of the onion, which is much more interesting than it sounds (my grandfather used to grow onions so a lot of what I heard rang true). Then the story of the "Johnnies", the Frenchmen (and boys) who for years used to travel over to the UK and sell their onions door-to-door from bicycles.

Also some information about the special conditions that make the Roscoff area a good one for onions, and the characteristics that make a Roscoff onion different from any old onion (sweeter, pink colour, very good keeping qualities), leading on to the award of the Appelation d'Origine Protegée and the very specific rules that a grower has to comply with in order to get the badge, as it were.

The tour, which is the main part of the visit, is in French, but there is also a video with English subtitles and interpretative material in English available at the desk. The guide (at least, the one who was on duty during my visit) speaks English.

Best plan is to arrive a quarter of an hour or so before the start of the tour so you can have a look around first, then relax and enjoy the tour. Everything is on the level and there is very little moving about involved. There is also a display of random vintage farm implements outside.

Do check the opening hours before you go: it is a seasonal attraction, and, in common with many in France, isn't open every day. In the high season they are open most afternoons, but few mornings. On one or two odd evening dates, there is a dégustation (tasting). Sadly, that will have to wait for a return visit - perhaps I'll go to the Roscoff Onion Festival one September.
Written May 19, 2018
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Hello Stephen T, Thank you for your comment, see you soon ! Natacha
Written May 22, 2018
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Sted1955
Ruislip71 contributions
Small but very interesting and informative
Apr 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 and well researched and presented. Probably not for children unless you were trying to teach them some recent history and local economy facts plus of course about the onions themselves.
Written April 25, 2018
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Gillian R
Ilfracombe, UK25 contributions
Onions
Aug 2016 • Couples
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, as well as drinks and live music. Their is also traditional Breton dancing which you can also join in.
Written November 9, 2016
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diandjj
Goleen, Ireland126 contributions
Onion Seller History
Oct 2016 • Couples
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 tour in progress. Very disappointing, don't go!
Written October 18, 2016
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Shoegirl58
Brussels, Belgium118 contributions
Brought back childhood memories!
Sep 2016 • Couples
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 short film starring ex-Johnnies. You would have to understand some French to be able to get the most out of the visit.
Written September 22, 2016
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