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The Alsatian Museum is a museum of art and popular traditions housed in three typical Renaissance-period buildings connected by a network of wooden staircases and walkways.
Its 5,000-strong collections stand testament to rural life in Alsace in the 18th and 19th centuries and include furniture, costumes, ceramics, farming and wine-growing tools, toys, religious artworks and much more besides.
As visitors circulate among the collections of typical period items, they feel as though they’re wandering through a home whose inhabitants have just stepped out, with varied, themed, faithful reconstructions of a kitchen, pharmacist’s/alchemist’s workshop and farm.
The museum also organises a year-round programme of events and exhibitions, including a Christmas-themed guided tour during the festive period.
The museum offers a wide range of guided tours throughout the period, covering Alsatian Christmas traditions in the Belle Epoque, the myths of Christkindel and Santa Claus, and Christmas songs. There really is something to delight visitors of all ages.
In addition, the museum runs a series of activities for visitors, including hands-on tree decoration-making workshops and team challenges.
The museum, which makes a constant effort to build bridges between the past and the present, is certainly worth a visit – whether you want to learn, explore, or simply have fun.