Find out more about the Nouvelle-Aquitaine area while on your holiday at some of the local museums.
Le Trésor de Clérac (The Treasure of Clerac) – Clérac (25km)
A small museum showcasing traditional local crafts. The seven rooms of the museum have displays about farmers, carpenters, wine barrel makers, cobblers, blacksmiths, wheelwrights and pine resin collectors. Children can participate in a treasure hunt. It is open every day except Monday, Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning. The price of entry is €4 for adults and €2.50 for children.
Musée de la Bande Dessinée (BD) (Comic Strip Museum) – Angouleme (60km)
The museum has a collection of more than 8,000 original drawings and over 110,000 magazines and comic books, making it the largest comic strip museum in Europe, if not the world. The collection includes all the great names from Hergé who created Tin Tin and René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, the two men behind Asterix, as well as Elzie Segar who created Popeye. There are also comprehensive sections, devoted to American comic strips, including Peanuts and Marvel Comics. The museum is surrounded by landscaped gardens, and is housed in a newly converted chai (a warehouse that used to store cognac). It is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am until 6pm and on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays (except January 1, May 1 and December 25) from 2pm until 6pm. In summer (July 1 – August 31), the museum is open one hour later at the end of the day. There is a lot of free parking at museum which sits on the banks of the river below the main part of town. The price of entry for adults is €7 and for children (10-18 years) is €3.
Le Musee du Cognac et du Vin (The Museum of Cognac and Wine) – Saint-Aulaye (35km)
1, rue du Docteur Pierre Rousseau, 24410, Saint-Aulaye +33 (0)5 53 90 81 33
The small museum is housed in a Chai (where Cognac used to stored) and details the history and process of cognac making through a collection that dates from the 18th century. It is open every day except Sundays and Mondays, from the 17th June until the 30th August, between the hours of 3pm and 6.30pm. The cost of entry is €2.50 for adults, €0.75 for children aged 15-18 and €0.50 for children under the age of 15.
Maison Hennessey (The Hennessey Distillery) – Cognac (60km)
The tour at Maison Hennessy starts with boat tour on board the Hennessy Boat along the Charente River during which the guide will detail the key chapters in Hennessey’s story from its foundation in 1765. They then take you through the distillery, storehouses and cultural centre to learn about the Cognac production process. The tour ends with a tasting session. The price of the tour varies depending on which Cognac you choose for the tasting session. Prices start at €9 per person. Bookings can be made in advance on the website, but it is not necessary.