1. Musee municipal du Lac SANGUINET

http://www.musee-lac-sanguinet.fr 112 place de la Mairie.
40460 Sanguinet

Located in the city centre, the Musée Municipal du Lac de Sanguinet is a "Musées de France" certified museum. After 40 years of underwater archaeological research carried out by the Centre for Research and Scientific Studies (CRESS), 5 archaeological sites have been identified. The result of this research is the collection of 450 objects which the museum uses to show the daily life of our ancestors from the Neolithic period onwards. The permanent exhibition space, divided into 3 chronological sections (Neolithic, metal age and antiquity), includes objects from the habitat, crafts, agriculture, livestock, metallurgy and navigation. It also includes documentation, films and models, providing an interactive knowledge of the museum.

The presence of 5 underwater archaeological sites is explained by the development of the lake over the last three millennia. The itinerary proposes three levels of reading to present the heritage, the environment and the underwater archaeology: water, sand and man.

Prices:

Adults 4,50€
Children 2,50€
Under 6 years old Gratis
Family 11€

Timetables:

  • From 3 April to 3 May: Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 17:30. (Closed on 1 May).
  • From 7 May to 30 June: Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30 a.m. and from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. (Closed on 3 May). (closed on 3 May).
  • From 1 July to 31 August: Monday to Sunday, except Tuesdays (closed), 10am-12:30pm and 2-6pm. (Free on the first Sundays in July and August).
  • From 1 to 29 September: Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 17:30; Saturdays from 15:00 to 17:30.

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2. Musée des traditions BISCARROSSE

Musee traditions biscarrosse

www.museetraditions.com 216 rue Louis Bréguet.
Biscarrosse 

The Museum of Traditions is a space dedicated to the history of Biscarrosse, showing its culture, explaining the landscape and the way it was built and maintained by man, and providing information on rural and craft activities.

The museum was created in 1988 by the Association Culturelle Biscarrossaise thanks to donations made mainly by families from Biscarrosse, although people from neighbouring municipalities also participated. Donations included furniture, tools, objects and documents.

It also exhibits a number of objects of art, basketry and porcelain painting made by members of the association's own workshops.

It also devotes a special section to obtaining resin from trees, an economic activity that has been very important in the history of Les Landes. Although this activity dates back to Gallo-Roman times, the process became widespread throughout the Landes territory from the mid-18th century, with the end of the agro-pastoral system and the massive reforestation of the sandy plain.

The Museum offers two additional services: boat trips on the Biscarrosse lake and the educational farm. There are two possible circuits for the boat trips: Nabout (two hours, through the heart of the marshes), and Laouadie (3 hours, discover the "little lake"). At the farm, you can see and interact with rabbits, chickens, goats, sheep, donkeys, ducks and peacocks.

Timetable:

    • 15 February/31 May: 14h00-18h00, except Sundays and Mondays.
    • June and September: 10h00-12h00 and 14h00-18h00, except Sundays and Mondays.
    • July and August: 9.30am-7pm except Sunday mornings.

Prices:

Museum:

Adults 05,00€
Children (5 - 12 years) 4,00€
Under 5 years old Gratis

Boat trip:

Adults Children Under 5 years old
Nabout 10€ 9€ 5€
Nabout + Museo 13€ 12€ 5€

Educational farm:

All 1,00€

Timetable:

Museum:

  • From 14 April to 30 June: from 14:00 - 18:00. Closed on Sundays and Mondays (except groups by reservation).
  • July and August: from 09:30 to 19:00 h. Closed on Sunday morning.
  • From 1 to 15 September: from 14:00 to 18:00 h. Closed on Sundays and Mondays (except groups by reservation).
  • Other periods: by appointment by telephone 05 58 78 77 77 37.

Boat trip:

From April onwards. Depending on weather conditions.

 Departures:

  •  Nabout, at 10:00, 14:30 and 16:30 h..

Farm: from April.

3. Musée de l’hydraviation BISCARROSSE

www.hydravions-biscarrosse.com 332, avenue Louis Breguet.
Biscarrosse 

From 1930 to 1955, Biscarrosse was the assembly and flight test site for Latécoère seaplanes. From here, the seaplanes crossed the Atlantic and flew down to Africa. It was later used by the Nazis during World War II as a base for some of the huge BV 222 aircraft.

The seaplane museum, located on the mythical site of the former base, tells all these facts and, in general, the history of seaplanes worldwide.

It is divided into different rooms arranged chronologically, displaying a number of models and real aircraft, as well as period documents, photographs and even original seaplanes.

The entrance ticket includes a booklet detailing all the contents of the museum. This booklet is written in different languages, including english.

Prices:

Adults 8,00€
Young people (6 to 18 years) 3,00€
Under 6 years old Free
Large family (3 or more children) 22,00€

Timetable:

  • From February to December: Every day except Monday, from 14:00 to 18:00. (Closed on 1 May).
  • From 1 July to 31 August: every day, from 10:00 to 19:00 h.

4. Musée du Prieure MIMIZAN

musee.mimizan.com 20, rue de l’abbaye.
Mimizan

The bell tower-portico of the former Priory of Mimizan is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List under the title "The Pilgrims' Roads to Santiago de Compostela in France".

It has a 13th century polychrome carved ensemble and 15th century mural paintings.

Booking is required before attending.

Prices:

Adults 4€
Young people under 14 Gratis

Timetable:

  • From March to mid-June: Wednesday to Friday and every other Saturday; from 14:30 to 18:00 h.
  • From mid-June to mid-September: Tuesday to Saturday; from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • From mid-September to the end of November: Wednesday to Friday and every other Saturday; from 2.30pm to 6pm.

5. Maison du patrimoine MIMIZAN

https://www.mimizan-tourisme.com 39 rue de l’Abbaye.
Mimizan

It is located just across the road from the Musée du Prieure (Priory Museum).

The Heritage House offers an original look at the forest and its history. A permanent exhibition presents the traditional rural society of the Landes through two emblematic figures: the shepherd and the resin maker.

There are collections, testimonies and animations that deepen the knowledge of the men and their interactions with the forest. A temporary exhibition helps to discover, with the passing of the seasons, a particular aspect of the local heritage.

Registration for tours and events takes place during the Maison du Patrimoine's opening hours, i.e. Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm. The tours are guided and offered at fixed times. The tour lasts approximately one hour.

Prices:

Adults 2,00€
Under 14 years old Free

6. CONTIS lighthouse

www.cotelandesnaturetourisme.com Chemin de la lanterne.
Contis-Plage.
Saint-Julien-en-Born

From this lighthouse, the only working lighthouse in the Landes region and located quite a distance from the beach, you can enjoy an exceptional panoramic view: on one side, the immensity of the ocean; in front, the gigantic Landes forest; in the middle, the pretty village of Contis and the sand dunes.

All the information about the lighthouse can be found on another page of this website by clicking on this link.

7. Musée Landes d’Antan LIT-ET-MIXE

http://museelitetmixe.free.fr

22 rue des Cigalons.
Lit et Mixe

A Landes heritage museum where you can discover local traditions from the 19th to the 20th century. Memory and culture are transmitted through objects, works, crafts, family and rural life. It offers guided tours and videos.

The Landes d'Antan Museum offers visitors a journey into the past, that of the inhabitants of the Marensin region from the 19th to the 20th century. A time when shepherds moved on stilts, when working the land occupied most of the inhabitants of the region, when the family was in the kitchen before going to bed.

The barn houses a monumental vegetable garden and a wide variety of spaces, such as the apiary, the pig trench, the forges of Uza...

Free or guided tours (2 hours) are free of charge. There are tours in English, fact sheets translated into different languages, games, educational activities for schoolchildren, the disabled and groups.

Opening times:

    • June: Thursdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • July and August: from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Sundays, only from 10:30 to 12:30 h.
    • September: every day, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Prices: admission is completely free.

8. Musee de l'Hélicoptère DAX

http://www.museehelico-alat.com 58, avenue de l'aérodrome.
Dax

The Army Light Aviation Museum (A.L.A.T.) is a military organisation created by the Minister of Defence. It is located at the Dax aerodrome, on the grounds of the ALAT school (initial helicopter pilot training) and under the supervision of the school's commandant.

The Association of Friends of the ALAT Museum (AAMALAT) was created in 1981. It contributes to the preservation, development, improvement and dissemination of the historical and cultural heritage through all the collections held by the ALAT museum. The association is composed of more than 550 members. Most of them are former pilots and military mechanics who flew in the aircraft present in the museum.

The museum guides, volunteers from the association, actively participate in the technical and historical presentation of the aircraft, and introduce visitors to the collections and the entire history of the ALAT.

More than 30 aircraft, in perfect condition, as well as hundreds of objects and memorabilia, often rare or unusual, are housed in its 2500 m² of covered space. The museum offers a presentation of the history of ALAT and an opening into the world of helicopters.

Prices:

Adult 6€
Young people aged 12-17 2,50€ 

Opening times:

  • Open to the public from 1 March to 30 November.
  • Monday to Friday, from 14:00 to 17:45 h. Closed at weekends.
  • In July and August, the museum is open on Saturdays from 2pm to 5.45pm.
  • On Tuesdays and Fridays there is a guided tour with commentary at 2:30 pm, lasting approximately 2 hours. The rest of the days of the week, the visit is free, but there is always a volunteer present to inform visitors.

The museum is not open on public holidays.

9. Maison de la Dame de BRASSEMPOUY

http://www.prehistoire-brassempouy.fr

404 rue du musée.
Brassempouy

During the Upper Palaeolithic, prehistoric men settled in the Cueva del Papa (the name of a neighbouring farm). They left flint tools, bones, but also ornaments and an exceptional series of 9 human figurines made of mammoth ivory. It is to present these vestiges that the House of the Lady was conceived. Next to it, ArcheoParc presents the daily life of these men, their environment and their techniques. A real journey into prehistoric times... 25,000 years ago!

Brassempouy is essentially known for what was discovered in the Pope's cave: the Lady of the Cap, also called "Lady of Brassempouy", one of the oldest known representations of the human face. The original is preserved in the National Museum of Archaeology in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, where she is the protagonist.

Its story is now presented in a new museum space: the Maison de la Dame, a museum space created to highlight the work of the archaeologists who have been excavating the Pope's Cave for more than a century. This building, with its original architecture, brings us into contact with Cro-Magnon man, his tools and the animals that surrounded him in the Upper Palaeolithic. Brassempouy has delivered bone engravings, ornaments and the most important French collection of female statuettes.

Timetable:

Open to the public from 16 February to 1 December. From Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays, from 1.45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours (duration: 45 minutes): at 2pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

From 9 July to 1 September: open every day, from 9.45am to 7pm. Guided tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

Prices:

Individual 9,00€
Jóvenes de 6 a 11 años 6,00€
Children under 5 years old Free
Family (2 adults + 2 young people) 26,00€

 

10. Écomusée de Marquèze. SABRES

https://www.marqueze.fr Route de la Gare.
Sabres

In the Landes de Gascogne regional nature park, a train travels 4 km through the forest to drop off its passengers in the Marquèze district, which covers some 20 hectares of land. It is a reconstruction which aims to recreate the way of life in the area at the end of the 19th century. Some 30 buildings mark out this vast area: the main family house, the shepherd's house, the sharecroppers and a whole procession of barns, beehives and henhouses.

The ancestral homes, sheepfolds, bread ovens, water mills and resin culture are still preserved in this enclave, bearing witness to the way of life of the men and women of the 19th century.

Marquèze offers a vast collection of objects from the period within the buildings and demonstrations of ancient trades common in the area: resin collection, soap making, flour making....

There are also flocks of sheep roaming free, pigs, chickens... There are also areas for traditional games, rest areas where you can enjoy wine and typical local products, musical entertainment...

The eco-museum also offers a wide range of activities: demonstrations of ancient crafts such as weaving, resin weaving or even traditional soap making.

Languages spoken in Marquèze: English, Spanish, German and Dutch.

 

Prices (1-day ticket):

Adult 14,00€
Young people from 4 to 18 years old 9,5€
Family (2 adults + 2 young people) 39,00€
Family (2 adults + 3 young people) 47,00€

Opening times:

Open to the public from 30 March to 3 November.

11. Musée des Vieux Outils et des Traditions SOUSTONS

http://www.mairie-soustons.fr

Château de la Pandelle.
Avenue du Général de Gaulle.
Soustons

The Museum of Antique Tools and Traditions was inaugurated in 1999. It contains 800 antique tools and thirty-three years of Gerard Séprit's life as a collector ... Some forty bodies of various professions of yesteryear find their place in the different rooms. There are 950 pieces on display, as well as a hundred others in the process of being renovated. Many donors have contributed more than 300 tools of all kinds. These tools are cleaned and restored by volunteers, lovers and enthusiasts of these old tools.

All the tools collected over time are an integral part of the heritage of the town of Soustons.

Today, more than 1000 pieces are exhibited in three main rooms.

Opening times:

Open to the public from 16 February to 1 December. From Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays, from 1.45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours (duration: 45 minutes): at 2pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

From 9 July to 1 September: open every day, from 9.45am to 7pm. Guided tours at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

Price: 4€.