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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 1 April to 1 November, the museum is open from Thursday to Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 18:00.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Open all year round for groups by reservation.
Open on public holidays.

Exhibition - WOOD!
Guided tours: from 1st April to 1st November, every Sunday at 11 am and 3 pm / during school holidays: Thursdays and Sundays: at 11 am and 3 pm.
On reservation, limited number of places


Full price: 7 €.
Reduced rate: from €4
Jobseeker: 0 € (on presentation of valid proof)
Person with a disability: 0 € (Upon presentation of valid proof)
Adult group: from 5 to 8 € (Rate according to the chosen activity and per person)
Children's group: from 2 to 6 € (Tariff according to the chosen activity and per child).

Free for under 18s, the press, accompanying guides, members, drivers, jobseekers, disabled people and their companions.
Group rate from 10 people upwards.

PassMusées de l'Ain : 10 €.
Annual individual membership giving unlimited access to permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The museum is free for all on the 1st Sunday of each month, from April to May and from September to November.

Transfer: groups only.


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


  • 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

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

In addition to the reception

Free individual visits at all times. Guided group visits on request: minimum 10 people For people with disabilities, an adapted visit is available by appointment. Tourisme et Handicap brand - hearing impairment Tourism and Disability Brand - mental disability -Hearing disability: films in subtitled versions and in LSF (French sign language), with a map in relief with a story told with subtitles. -Mental disability: handling facsimiles (copies) of collectibles Handling of wooden balls of different species in the exhibition of contemporary art works in turned wood -Motor disability: artistic and sensory discovery, 1 wheelchair on loan at the reception desk. 50 m long path between the car park and the reception desk. -Visual disability: handling facsimiles (copies) of collectibles. Handling of wooden balls of different species in the exhibition of contemporary art works in turned wood.

Spoken languages

  • English

Methods of payment

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • 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


Direct, Musée du Bugey-Valromey
  • 04 79 87 52 23
  • animation.museebugey@ain.fr