Reliving School from the Olden Days (Musée de l'Ecole d'Autrefois)
School is not over! Come and relive the heyday of school in the olden days through its museum...
There are two large rooms, the first shows a classroom from the past, with polished wood pupils' desks and benches. The teacher's desk is also characteristic of the past, positioned on a platform to reinforce the teacher's authority. The desk is painted black as was the style in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a hole to hold the inkwell (red ink of course, to correct pupils' mistakes!). The blackboard dates from the same era. Class lockers line the walls, and there is even a coal-burning stove. These type of furnishings were often found in the classroom, testifying to a period when funds were limited.
The other room is a display room where there is currently a presentation on the chronological changes in school furnishings between 1880 and 1980. There are many different types of pupil's desks, showing the diversity in the shapes, materials, and types of production (artisanal or industrially-made). Lots of old-fashioned educational posters adorn the walls.
Activities including readings, dictation and arithmetic workshops, conferences, and hire of equipment and old school furniture also available.
Groups by appointment only.
Free entry for under 10's.
Adress / Contact
Musée de l'Ecole d'Autrefois 54 chemin de l'Ecole de Saint-Antoine Quartier Saint Antoine