La Rochelle was an important centre for Protestantism
Through this collection we can trace the life of protestants in La Rochelle and Saintonge from the XVIth century up to the present day. There are :
- Old maps of La Rochelle ;
- Souvenirs of the Siege (1627-1628) ;
- Portraits ;
- Méreaux (tokens permitting communion participation) ;
- A folding pulpit and communion chalice from the “Désert” ;
- Photographs and manuscripts.
There are some very interesting and rare exhibits, china dishes made by Bernard Palissy or his followers, the insignia of the Gueux de Mer, who came to offer their support to the corsairs from La Rochelle during the wars of religion, the insignia worn by the followers of the duc de Guise during the Saint Barthélemy massacre, the portrait of a lady who was probably Catherine de Partenay, the duchess of Rohan, a tapestry depicting the Ten Commandments, dated 1779.
There is also small library containing many XVIIth and XVIIIth century books, bibles in every European language published in the XIXth century, and some recent documents about French Protestantism and the countries of Refuge.
Museum of protestant history in La Rochelle
2, Rue Saint-Michel 17000 La Rochelle
- Site du Musée rochelais d’histoire protestante | Link
Albert Schweitzer's House in Gunsbach
International Museum of the Reformation (Geneva)
An interactive introduction to Protestantism from the XVIth to the XXIst century
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.)
Protestant Museum of the Dauphiné
The protestant museum of the Dauphiné is situated in a XVth century building which became a temple two centuries later. Together with the temple of Collet de Dèze in Lozère, it is unusual in the fact that it was not pulled down at the time of the Revocation. Le Poet-Laval is a picturesque medieval village, a military post belonging to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who joined the Reform Movement in the XVIth century.
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.
The French Protestant Museum of the West of France
12 kilometers south-west of Pouzauges, in “Le Bois Tiffrais” (or Tiffray), in the commune of Monsireigne, the Société d’histoire du protestantisme français has set up a museum in a building which has nearly always been in the hands of protestants since the XVIth century. It was redesigned as a “French château” at the end of the XIXth 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.
Jean Calvin museum
Noyon is one of the largest historical cities in the north of France, situated 100km north of Paris. From 531 onwards it was a bishop’s see, (the first bishop was called Saint Médard). Between 641 and 660, Noyon was evangelised by Saint Eloi, whose remains are buried under the altar of the cathedral. This is one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in France and some parts of it date back to the XIIth century.