Musee du poire, Barenton

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  • On our itinerary, we arrived in my home region, Normandy to Norman Switzerland. Forests, meadows, trees, herds of Norman cows, are offered to us in green, purple strand, orange. Autumn colours are present. It is therefore, a few kilometers from our Norman house that we decided to visit the Poiré Museum located in Barenton (61) in the wonderful department of Orne. When we reached our destination, we parked in the clay car park under a beautiful chestnut tree that happily distributed its fallen chestnuts. A Norman farm that had been rehabilitated in new and more modern habitat was opening up for us. A small staircase led to the entrance to the store. Next to the entrance, a complex of bright sanitary facilities of cleanliness and sharpness is accessible to all as well as people in wheelchairs. Warmly welcomed by the museum guide, in the store where bottles of cider, poiré, jams, honeys, caramels, biscuits and Norman deli meats seasoned with cider, camembert, poiré and calvados were displayed. The visit to this museum is free, so we decided to start with a tour of the course located in the orchard and end with the shop where the products were located. This playful and well-documented journey on the history of pear, apple, pear and traditional farm crafts related to cider, pear and calvados. Fruit trees are highlighted, historical notes very well presented on trees, wooden benches, displays explain the path of pear blossom, apple tree, picking, harvesting, transformation of the development of the cider and pepper. The route meanders among the orchards and it should be noted that it is accessible to people with disabilities; this is worth highlighting. There are also several stages, of this course, adapted to children that allow children to play while learning. The end of the route ends with the bread oven and then on the buildings containing the traditional tools of the farm, used for cider, pear apple harvests and apple presses. When you make this visit under the sun as I did, you will learn with much more delight, scents, perfumes all this magnificent and superb history that is cider, the poiré, the Norman calvados. A video room presents a film that unfortunately I did not have time to watch because the closing time was approaching and we did not want to cause a late release of the person in post that day. We ended our visit by visiting the shop to taste some products graciously offered such as poiré and cider but also to get some delicious menus such as cider, poiré, biscuits and jam. The rates are very decent and affordable. To the extent that this museum is totally free, it seemed logical, obvious and correct to buy products in order to support the fabulous work of the entire team of this museum. With or without children, I recommend this visit to this museum, quite surprising and unusual. You'll find out more about this product that is cider, poiré, calvados and other surprises. If you have any questions, do not hesitate in messaging I will answer you quickly. Have a good visit!
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  • Can highly recommend this as a great, all be it half day visit for a family. Lots to do. Interactive pads for the kids. Tasters for the adults. What ore could you want  more »
  • I was massively disappointed given all the great reviews. We were told to just walk around and it's OK but there's not much going on. The shop is good but lots of the products are available elsewhere.
  • The museum is quite new and is worth the visit. Outside, there are a couple of games for kids. The walk takes you through an informative and interactive circuit. "La meule" is in working order, so you can crush your apple. It is a must-see if you visit the parc Normandy-Maine.
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