Vendee Museums (85)

Musee de lAbbaye Sainte Croix
Modern and contemporary art at rue de Verdun, Les Sables dOlonne (85). The rich collection includes works by Georg Baselitz, Remi Blanchard, Philippe Cognee, Robert Combas and more. Local maritime traditions of a fishing port are also represented.
Musee Automobile de Vendee
Discover the history of French motoring at this museum established in 1976. Open daily from April to October. Parking available, picnic area, souvenir shop. Disabled access. At route des Sables dOlonne in Talmont-St-Hilaire (85).
Ecomusee du Marais Vendeen
Visit the Ecomusee du Marais Vendeen at Le Daviaud in La Barre de Monts (85). See website for full details.
Historial de la Vendee
Displays from prehistoric, Roman and Renaissance eras. A village from the last century, aimed at young children. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Open Mondays in July and August. On Allee Paul Bazin in Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne (85).
Musee Charles Milcendeau
Museum and art gallery dedicated to the Matisse-inspired painter Charles Milcendeau. At Chemin Bois Durand, Soullans (85).
Musee du Coquillage
Museum of sea shells at Les Sables dOlonne (85). Open all year. Varied exhibits of rare and unusual crustaceans, starfish, crabs, giant clams, and even sharks. Unique in Europe. See website or call for more information.
Ecomusee le Daviaud
Lying between sea and land, the Marais Breton Vendeen - the marshes of the hinterland. This is the Eco-museum le Daviaud in La Barre des Monts (85). Situated on a 60 hectare estate the museum has tours and presentations of its eco system.
Bourrine du Bois Juquaud
Built in 1818, la Bourrine du Bois Juquaud is an ensemble of authentic constructions in the Marais Breton Vendeen. At Le Bois Juquaud, Saint Hilaire de Riez (85).