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Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois
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Great Place To Visit

Distillery and school display plus shops and trades of yesteryear. Set out on 3 floors up and 1... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
tezpil
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Signs of a bygone France

This is an excellent museum. Set in 'rooms' it's full of equipment, advertising and old products... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
SALOPIAN1967
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Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Distillery and school display plus shops and trades of yesteryear. Set out on 3 floors up and 1 down.Nicely done well organised display.

1  Thank tezpil
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Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

This is an excellent museum. Set in 'rooms' it's full of equipment, advertising and old products collected from all over the place all in a huge warehouse. We liked it a lot.

1  Thank SALOPIAN1967
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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

A brilliant little museum for us mature folk, we spent a very happy hour or so. Definitely recommend paying the extra €2 for the audio guide. Not sure children would enjoy it, apart from the reconstruction of an old school room downstairs.

1  Thank sueskeet
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

This fantastic museum really deserves its top rating.

Across 4 floors of an old warehouse,
what is really impressive is the detail in each of its recreated shops and services. Each recreation: bar, shops, barbers, photographers etc are very well done with fascinating original artifacts. It really brings everything to life and is packed with interesting stuff mostly from the early 1900s.

The museum is good value and suitable for young (our 7 and 11 year olds both enjoyed it) and old (there is a lift). The audio guide is worth the extra couple of euros as whilst there are bilingual information boards, the audio guide adds a lot of detail.

The only slight frustration is that you need to have reasonable french to get the most out of the descriptions of the smaller items in display cabinets but it really doesn't spoil the enjoyment.

We spent a couple of hours but if you were only adults and with a passion for modern history you could easily spend longer.

The staff were friendly and the small shop had some fun items themed around the old products in the displays.

This is a really well executed museum.
All in all, highly recommended.

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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

We picked up a leaflet for the museum at a Tourist Office and decided to visit not really knowing what to expect. We've seen many little French museums over the years, some of which are amusing in their small size and span. We thought this might be one if those but we were pleasantly surprised! It's not a big place but has been laid out so cleverly it packs a much bigger punch than you expect. Each little old fashioned business is laid out as it would have been back in the day with so much to look at you don't know where to start! Every display has an excellent English translation, meaning nothing is missed if your French isn't good. There is also an audio guide in English available for €2 if you're willing to pay. We really enjoyed this visit and even our teenagers were kept interested thanks to the translations and the sheer amount if items in such a small space. It's not an all day event and doesn't take long to visit but was worth the money. Be aware that over 12s are classed as adults though so the entrance fee starts to add up a bit once you've got teenagers!

1  Thank claire0nthem0ve
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

This museum is what I'm all about!!!! It was different, historical, and hands on (ish). I was so engaged the entire time, pay extra and get the audio guide, without that it wouldn't have been as cool. I loved the concept and the lay out of it. I wish I could go back again today it was so fun!!!!

1  Thank McKinley M
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Reviewed November 23, 2017 via mobile

A step back in history. Really well done. Thought-provoking. Like a time machine. Close your mind to the outside world and fall through time back to another life. Highly recommended.

1  Thank CyuutBen
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Reviewed June 16, 2017

The museum is located in a side street (R.Lesson) off Rue Audrey de Puyravault which is directly behind the tourist information office building (where there's a large free car park opposite).

The lady behind reception was very friendly and spoke good English. For an additional 2 euros we shared an audio guide which in my opinion is indispensable to understanding the exhibits and displays - there are bilingual information panels but they only detail the basics of each display. There are in total 4 floors to discover and it took us over an hour to complete the tour. We were fascinated by the lower level school display which although not covered by the audio guide, has comprehensive English information. If you have any interest in how things were around the late 19th/early 20th century then you'll not only find the displays absorbing but also realise just how far technology and industry has progressed in much less than 100yrs.

If I had one gripe it would be the audio guide volumn wasn't really loud enough to share between two and so you might consider obtaining individual units.

1  Thank nnmercman
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Reviewed June 14, 2017

You should not hesitate to have a look with your children (+4 yrs old), as the Museum des Commerces d'autrefois is going to take you back to you childwood

1  Thank marielahetjuzan
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

This very fine museum offers displays of artefacts, furniture and settings of shops and trades of the XIXth or eraly XXth century. It's a real opportunity of discovery for children and of nostalgia for grown ups.

1  Thank jf_merle
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