Museums: Ille et Vilaine

Musee Loic Raison
1950s reconstruction of shops and businesses,cider making and films on old and new techniques. At 1 rue du Haut Bourg, Domagne. Open from 9:00 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 17:00. Saturday and Sunday afternoons only. Wheelchair friendly.
La Gare de Medreac
Situated at Place de la Gare, Medreac (35). A great place for railway fanatics !
Eco Musee - Rennes
Located south of Rennes, this museum covers five centuries of history. A signposted tour with 19 varieties of rare farm animal illustrating Breton agriculture. Based at route de Noyal, Chatillon-sur-Seiche (35). Open throughout the year.
Musee Louison Bobet
Explore the Musee Louison Bobet at 5 Rue de Gael (35) where you can trace the career of Brittanys great cycling champion, it features his cycling jerseys, photos, bicycles and videos. Closed Tuesdays except in July, August and September, open from 1
Chateau de Caradeuc
Vast park embellished with statues, columns and monuments. Historic monument. Park open to visitors. Located at Becherel (35).
La Catherale St Vincent
Built from the 12th to 18th Centuries and partially destroyed during the Second World War. Interesting stained glass windows and church furniture. Based at St Malo (35).
Park of the Chateau de Bonnefontaine
15th-16th Breton renaissance style, surronded by English-style landscape gardens based at Antrain (35).
Western Waterways museum
On the banks of Redons marina in the Jean Bart Quay and clearly visible with its 2 real locks doors, come and discover inland western waterways transport.
Manoir de LAutomobile
Open every day but Monday this museum houses over 400 vehicles from wooden carts to racing cars. Situated at Route de Lieuron (35).
Musee de la Soie
Museum of silk production, includes the history and Marco Polos travels, the nuturing of the silkworm from egg to moth and the spinning of fabric and manufacture of traditional silk garments. Guided tours in English. At La Sorais, Campel.
Atelier Musée de l'Horlogerie (Fougères)
In the setting of a 16th Century building at 37 rue Nationale (35) this watch making museum and workshop helps unveil the secrets of clocks on buildings, Louis XV wall clocks, and antique watches of our ancestors.
Les Secrets de la Soie : Silk Museum
Guided tour (or free commentaries in English) takes you through the history of the silk world, living silkworms and contempory creations in silk. Based in 35.
Musee des Transmissions
Visit this museum and trace the history of information and communication technologies through the ages. Open every day from 14:00 - 18:00, except Tuesdays, 1st January, 1st May and Christmas day. Based at Avenue de la Boulais B 6122
Les Renaudies garden
This botanical garden covers 4 hectares and includes a kitchen garden, walled- garden, children's play area. There are 3,000 species of trees, shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs. A rural ecology museum completes the visit. Based at Les Mezarais (35
The Esse Megaliths
This 19.5 metre-long gallery tomb dating from 3000 BC is made up of around forty purple schist slabs. Visit on the 21st December when it is illuminated in the monuments interior. Based at La Roche aux Fees (56).
Musee du Chateau a Vitre
Housed in the Chateau, the museum was founded in 1876 by Arthur de la Broderie showing decorative objects reflecting the history of Vitre. Closed Tuesday during winter.
Musee de La Faucillonnaire
Set in a 15th to 17th century manor house in the Vitre area. The ground floor of the museum is set like a farmhouse with typical rural furniture and local handicrafts. Upstairs represents the master craftmans house.
Musee La Ferme Marine
Situated at lAurore, Cancale (35). Sea shell exhibition and shop.
Musee Manoir de Jacques Cartier - St Malo
The manor house of Limoelou is a memorial to Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada in 1534. The manor has been restored to show his daily life and travels. Based at rue David MacDonald Stewart (35). Guided tours available throughout the year.
Musee dHistorie
The history museum in the chateau of St-Malo (grand dungeon and general tour) is dedicated to the history of the town and its famous inhabitants. Based at Esplande felicite Lamennais (35).
Musee Saint-Nicolas a Vitre
Museum of "reigious art" specialising in church plate from the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, housed in the historic "Chapelle des hopitaux", Rue Pasteur.
Musee-Chateau des Rochers
17th century chateau with beautiful French gardens, portraits and antiques. To 30/06 open from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30 every day. From 01/07 to 30/09 same hours, but closed Tuesday, and Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings.
Rennes, Métropole d'art et d'histoire
Mediaeval streets with timber-framed houses compared to more formal 18th-century royal squares. The Brittany Parliament building contrasts the Champs Libres centre (housing a museum, Science Centre and Planetaruim). Contact tourist office for guided tour
Musee International du Long-Cours Cap-Hornier
Museum of maritime history and traditions, specialising in commercial sea traffic on board the sailing ships on the Cape Horn route in the wake of the Dutch and Saint-Malo crews. Based at Esplande du Cdt Menguy.
Clocksmith Museum
In the setting of a 16th centurybuilding, visitors will find a public clock, a Louis XV cartel fob watch, pendulum clocks and watches from the past. 37 rue Nationale, Ferns (35).
Visit a barge - Redon
The construction and function of canals, naval construction, transported merchandise and everyday life. Based at Musee de la Batellerie de lOuest (35).
Fougeres, une ville medievale
Fougeres offers a castle dated from 11th-15th century (open from 1st February until 31st December), a 14th century bell tower, 19th century theatre, Renaissance town hall, Gothic churches and industrial heritage - with a guide or a stroll around town.
Chateau de Montmuran
A genuine 12th century fortress with a keep, entrance fort and working drawbridge. Bertrand Du Guesclin was knighted here (1354). Historic monument. Open to visitors. Located at Les Iffs (35).
Musee de la Batellerie de lOuest
Located at 12, quai Jean Bart, Redon (35). This permanent exhibition invites one to come and discover inland western waterways transport, which with their link with the sea have given Redon its prosperity. Closed from 15th Dec to 15th March.
Musee Secret de Soie
Situated at Campel (35). The Silk Secrets Museum. Guided tours everyday from 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 19:00 (except Saturdays in April, September and October). Wheelchair access.