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Discover the different faces of Bugey and gain an insight into the drive and way of life of the locals, such as their handicrafts, agriculture and customs, the region’s most notable figures, its wildlife and landscapes, not forgetting their incredible collection of turned wood artwork.

Located in a carefully preserved Renaissance-style house, at the foot of Grand Colombier Mountain, the Bugey-Valromey Museum will transport you through centuries of Bugey life, from the 19th century to today.

The kitchen and scullery with a slopstone sink, the bedroom, cellar and outhouse and the dovecotes provide the stage for reconstructions and displays of the museum’s collections. The area’s history, significant people, daily life, geography and wildlife, means of transportation and landscapes are just some of the main themes presented in the exhibitions.

Wood has always been, and continues to be, one of the area’s most important resources. An underlying theme of the visit, wood is featured in several of the museum’s collections, such as in the workshops which showcase the tools and material used in woodcraft professions (e.g. lumberjacks, coal producers, wheelwrights, coopers and woodturners). More impressive yet is the collection of turned artwork produced by 30 international artists, on display in the Renaissance house.

Bugey also has a remarkable natural landscape of green countryside and rolling hills - the view from the museum illustrates this. It is therefore no surprise that artists have always been inspired by its landscapes; and hikers by its valleys.

From April to November, the museum calendar is marked by an excellent cultural programme that brings together quality and conviviality, offering something for all tastes and all ages!

Open period

From 06/06 to 01/11/2020.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
The museum is closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
Open all year long for group bookings.


Full price: 7 €
Reduced price: from 4 €
Job seeker: 0 €
Disabled: 0 €
Group adults: 5 to 8 € (Rate according to the chosen activity and a person)
Group children: 2 to 6 € (Rate according to the chosen activity and by child).

Free entry for children < 18 years, press, mountain guides, subscribers, the drivers, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

The museum is free for everyone on the first Sunday of the month, from April to May and from September to November.


  • Picnic area
  • Covered picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Exhibition space
  • Car park
  • Entertainments room
  • Coach parking


  • Guided individual tours
  • Unguided group tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Shop
  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Unguided individual tours
  • Pokemon Arena

Adapted tourism

  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Vertical signage of parking spaces
  • Internal doors with easy openings
  • Reception desk between 70-80 cm high
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building partially accessible
  • Relief map, tactile model or audio device description available at the reception
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities

In addition to the reception

Individuals can visit the museum at all times; group visits require advance booking, minimum of 10 people. For visitors with disabilities, an adapted tour is proposed, but must be booked in advance.

Spoken languages

  • English

Methods of payment

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cheque
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash
  • Pass’Région

Good plans

Garden and picnic area, accessible by museum visitors only.
Gift shop open to the public.
Fun and informative booklets available for children.
Museum Pass available for purchase for only 5€, for unlimited access to the museum, its exhibitions and events for one year.

3 rue Centrale LOCHIEU 01260 Arvière-en-Valromey Show / Hide location


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