This used to be the "Museum of Protestantism in Béarn" in Orthez (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)
This museum is in Jeanne d’Albret’s house (XVIth century), it deals with Protestantism in the Béarn and Adour region. There is a permanent exhibition about a long period, from the beginning of the Reformation Movement in Béarn in the reign of Jeanne d’Albret in the XVIth century, up until the XXth century. The museum is open all the year round, every day of the year, on Sundays and national holidays it is open from 10 to 12 and from 2p.m. to 6p.m. It is open to groups by appointment any day of the year.
The town hall has owned the museum since the spring of 2002. The association The Museum of Protestantism in Béarn runs the museum, and are trustees and owners of the collections.
A guided tour, lasting about one hour, gives one an idea of the main events in the history of Béarn ; emphasis is laid on some well known protestant personalities, from Jeanne d’Albret and Henri IV to the Cadier pastors. You will also hear about Jacques Abbadie, the Reclus family, Félix Pécaut, Eugène Casalis and some others.
There is a reconstruction of a XIXth century temple and also models of the University of Orthez, temples and a slave boat, so there is something for everyone, including children of 8 years and upwards.
Jeanne d’Albret Museum,
the history of Protestantism
37 rue Bourg-Vieux 64300 Orthez
- Site du Musée Jeanne d’Albret | Link
The Châtillon-Coligny Museum
This museum is situated in the former local hospital and here you can find an exhibition on the Coligny family and the French Protestants in the XVIth century.
Museum of the Cevenol Valleys
In this traditionally deeply protestant region, this hostile environment has had its effect on the local inhabitants : farmers here had to be tough, uncompromising, brave and with great willpower to overcome obstacles and difficulties if they were to survive. The Bible has always been their source of inspiration, strength and happiness.
Museum of Protestantism in the Vivarais region
The Museum of Protestantism in the Vivarais can be found in a XVth century fortified building, built in the Boutières style typical of the Ardèche, and classified as a historical site. It is in a little hamlet called Bouschet de Pranles (on the D2 between Privas and Les Ollières-sur-Eyrieux, and signposted from the Moulin à vent pass.)
Albert Schweitzer's House in Gunsbach
Protestant Museum of the Dauphiné
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Musée du protestantisme de Ferrières
Fondé en 1968, installé en 2010 dans ses nouveaux murs, le Musée de Ferrières a une double ambition qui fait son originalité.
The House of Protestantism in Poitou
Since 1987, The House of Protestantism in Poitou, in the Inter-regional Park of the Marais Poitevin, has been a useful source of information abut the history of protestantism in Poitou and its effect on the economy and culture of the area.