The Camargue Museum is a regional museum depicting the history and culture of the Camargue, located in refurbished sheep barn. The museum was modernized in 2013 and its vast interior space has artifacts, photos, videos and items describing this picturesque region.
The history of the Camargue explained in the Camargue Museum is a history of mineral and salt mining, rice paddys and Camargue cowboys: the raising of black bulls and white horses.
The information panels in the museum aren't very international. They're almost exclusively in French, but the displays very graphical, with many fine photographs, drawings, maps and paintings, so it's still pretty interesting for non-French speaking visitors.
For the Kiddies
A game for the kiddies is available (free) at the reception desk. The thick-leaved booklet is the type where you need to find the object in the museum matching the image in the book. It's entirely graphical so there's no language barrier.
- Open: Apr-Oct 9h-12h30, 13h-18h
- Nov-Mar 10h-12h30, 13h-17h
- Closed: 1 May
- Entry: €10 Abbey visit (self tour or with guided tour)
€12 Abbey visit and Gardens
- Email: 5 euros
Hiking - Nature Walk
The Camargue Museum has a nature walk (sentier de découverte) that's a 1h30 walking tour of the fields and swamplands adjacent to the museum building. The walk is an out-and-back (with a bit of a loop near the middle) beginning and ending at the museum. The walk is free, and independent of visiting the museum.
The nature walk is on the grounds of the Mas du Pont de Rousty, the Camargue farm and the site of the museum. The walk gives you a chance to see the black bulls and white horses of the Camargue, a traditional thatched-roof Camargue caban, and some of the raptors and water birds typical to the Camargue.
If you forgot to bring your mosquito repellant, you can buy some at the reception desk inside the museum.