Over the Course of Spring
From April to June

The sun is coming out - it’s time to get together again! Marquèze village is in bloom again as springtime returns to the region, with our team waiting to welcome you on the platform. In fact, the 2022 season starts now - our doors are open from Saturday 9 April until 30 September.

The Reunion

The Marquèze Ecomuseum has regained its colourful springtime charm. This winter, the Airial has been enhanced through agricultural work and maintenance of the houses and landscapes. The young rye is starting to grow and the sheep roam among the green trees that overlook the century-old country houses. The new temporary exhibition at the Marquèze Pavilion is also open, and our facilitators are in place to bring to life the authentic 19th-century expertise of the Grande Lande.

With the opening planned for the Easter holidays, it’s the perfect time to take a break and immerse yourself in the heart of the Landes Airial.

Once on the train, you are plunged into the heart of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park, where animals, practical demonstrations of local expertise and traditional buildings allow you to immerse yourself in a now forgotten way of life, in the heart of the largest forest in Europe.

Save the date! This year, several traditional events celebrating rural life in the old days as well as new, original events will appear during the spring season, providing an ideal an opportunity to rediscover Marquèze!

Time for Spring Events

APRIL

Baby Museum - Awakening the Senses - Sunday 10 April

The ‘Baby Museum’ is a multisensory tour suitable for children aged 6 months to 3 years. In the format of a short half-hour sensory walk, we smell, touch, taste, listen and observe. All the senses are awakened for a different approach to the museum!

Easter at Marquèze - Sunday 17 and Monday 18 April  

Let’s kick off the season with a highlight: the Easter weekend! On Sunday 17 and Monday 18 April, come and enjoy a gourmet, festive occasion to share with the whole family. Easter egg hunts in Marquèze village, a shepherd’s omelette tasting and a background of Gascon music will give the 19th century Airial a festive feel!

New Temporary Exhibition - From 9 April to 30 September at the Exhibition Pavilion

Make way for the new temporary exhibition, ‘Sport for All!’ where sporting activities in the Landes of past and present will be showcased.

The exhibition features eleven sports, including surfing, rugby, and basketball, but also Course Landaise (bullfighting), pin bowling and stilt racing.  60 contemporary photos taken by two Landes photographers, Marie Afdjene and Cyrille Vidal, will be unveiled in order to promote the region and its sporting institutions, which have kindly agreed to loan some objects for the exhibition.  This exhibition also looks at the main societal trends associated with sport as a powerful vehicle for universal values. So, head on over to the Marquèze Ecomuseum Pavilion to celebrate our athletes of past and present, some of whom are already preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games!

Opening followed by La Rencontre at Pavilion #1: Screening of the film ‘The Odyssey of a Dream’ -Thursday 28 April at 6pm

In the presence of director Luci Robin, as well as Stéphanie Geyer-Barneix and Alexandra Lux, world champions in surf lifesaving.

MAY

Baby Museum - Awakening the Senses - Sunday 1 May

The ‘Baby Museum’ is a multisensory tour suitable for children aged 6 months to 3 years. In the format of a short half-hour sensory walk, we smell, touch, taste, listen and observe. All the senses are awakened for a different approach to the museum!

Meetings at the Pavilion #2: Traditional Sports, Heritage, and Identities - Thursday 12 May at 6pm

The Night of Museums - Saturday 14 May

Ritual, by Organik Orkeztra: a contemporary music orchestra with distant roots.

In the Oven and the Mill  - Sunday 22 May

To mark the occasion of the week of the Bread Festival and the European Day of Mills, millers and housewives will let you discover their secrets.

Sheep Shearing -Sunday 29 May

The sheep go into summer mode and the farmers prepare the balls of yarn for winter in a festival atmosphere.

JUNE

Baby Museum - Awakening the Senses - Sunday 5 June

The ‘Baby Museum’ is a multisensory tour suitable for children aged 6 months to 3 years. In the format of a short half-hour sensory walk, we smell, touch, taste, listen and observe. All the senses are awakened for a different approach to the museum!

Meetings at the Pavilion #2: Women and Sport in the Landes - Thursday 23 June at 6pm

Chantons sous les pins Festival  - Saturday 25 June

What would a year at the Marquèze Museum be without the Chantons sous les Pins festival and its artists? In just three years, the day has become a must-see of the season on the 19th- century Landes Airial. Once again this year, though the line-up has yet to be revealed, everything will come together on Saturday 25 June: concerts and musical processions for both the young and old, sound installations, and other surprises!

 Tips for a Perfect Visit

To make the most out of your visit to the Marquèze Museum, here are some tips and tricks.

Plan your visit

Firstly, the Ecomuseum is open every day until 30 September, except for Wednesdays in May*, June and September, and 6 July. *In May, Marquèze is closed in the morning.

Secondly, the estimated time of a visit to Marquèze is 4 hours. Between the exhibitions at the Pavilion, the train journey, open visits and guided tours, discovering and meeting the facilitators, tasting of local delicacies, and visiting the houses, you’ll find the visitor experience to be quite comprehensive. Even if the trains are running all day, in July and August it is still advised to come early in the morning so that you avoid the heat and the crowds.

Finally, here are a few links to practical information to complete your visit:

Buy your tickets online

One of the new features of the 2022 season is the launch of our online ticket service! It is now possible to prepare for your visit and to discover a new experience thanks to the purchase of tickets online. This is an ideal alternative for those who like to plan!

Ecomusée de Marquèze
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du Parc naturel régional
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