Subtle mix of tradition and modernity.
Located in the heart of the Pont L’Abbé castle, this museum is dedicated to Bigouden life. Thanks to numerous photographs and videos, it recounts the history of our famous Bigouden headdress and those who wore it, as well as the sumptuous costumes delicately embroidered with period Breton furniture. In order to better understand the life and heritage left to us by our ancestors, come and discover this magnificent Bigouden museum during a colourful and poetic escapade.
The museum’s collections express an obvious fact: the traditional headdress and costume form the heart and body of the Bigouden identity. The singular women’s headdress has left such a mark on the country that it has given it its name. The term bigouden, which appeared in the 1830s, first referred to the small point that surmounts the headdress. In twenty years, its use has spread: by extension, it designates the whole hairstyle, then the fashion of women and men’s clothing, and finally the whole territory.
VISITORS’ OPINION :
“A place rich on the history of the Breton headdress. Costumes from different regions of Brittany m with their stories over the years and information about them. Very good reception and attractive prices. If you come to visit Brittany to discover its cultural history then you should make this museum”
“Museum of popular arts and traditions on the Bigouden country simple and very well done. You come away with a good idea of life on this territory over the last 200 years, with an amazing collection of headdresses and the chance to have a lecturer sharing practical and historical details, in the beautiful setting of the medieval dungeon”.
“Mysterious place, warm, cosy as a closed bed of the great era of the Bigoudenie… Superb collection of Breton clothing, embroidery and furniture. Each room has a magical atmosphere. The kitchen in formica from the 60s is worth a look. Very nice views over the roofs of Pont-l’Abbé from the windows of the turrets. The visitor reception and the museum shop are located in the former kitchens of the castle. The back room (which is dedicated to temporary exhibitions) is sublime, it is probably the cellar or storeroom of the original building”.
Opening: From April 04th to October 30th.