La Musée de la Rue du temps qui passe visitor guide

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The Musée de la rue du temps qui passe is dedicated to life in the years 1860 to 1940. The museum can be found next to the river Dordogne on the edge of the village of Allas-les Mines in the Dordogne department.

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Inside the museum a couple of shopping streets have been created illustrating life between 1860 to 1940.  Over twenty five different shops and trades have been created and give a glimpse of life in this period when running water and electricity were not yet in every home and business and cars and motor bikes were just appearing on our streets.

Shops include a butcher, a baker, a grocers and a toy shop. Various trades are featured including a hairdressers, a laboratory, a cobbler and a hat maker. All show a perfect attention to detail and the museum is a charming step back in time.

Museum of days gone by

The idea was originally that of a father and daughter who collected old cars and wanted to display them and indeed there are a number of car-related displays including a home garage, a motor-repair garage and various cars in the 'street'. There is even a Harley Davidson from the time - a model without brakes!

To animate your visit a game is proposed. Within each of the shops and trades one item has been placed which does not belong to the time. See if you can find each of the items and fill them in on your scorecard. There are also a coupld of historical questions for you to find the answers. Amusing for everyone and especially for children to see which items they would not have had access to.


Once you have admired the exhibits, and even if you don't visit the museum you can visit the bistro which is also decorated in the time period and enjoy some refreshments. There is a shady terrace outside too which is on the edge of the river Dordogne.

At various times of the year you can enjoy a theatrical guided visit in the evening, though this is in French.

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Musée - la rue du temps qui passe visits

The museum is open every day in July and August from 10.00-18.00. From 1 April to 30 June and 1 September to 11 November the museum is open from 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00-18.00.

Visits cost 7,50 euros for adults and 6 euros for 6-12 year olds. A visit will take about 1 hour.

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Places to visit nearby

Whilst you are here the centre of the village of Allas les Mines with its impressive church and charming houses is worth a look. Just a little further along the river is the stunning village and Chateau of Beynac and on the other side of the river the beautiful Chateau des Milandes, once home to Josephine Baker, a famous dancer and singer of the 1920s.

This stretch of the river is full of fabulous villages and chateaux and is great for canoeing as well. There are also place near here where you can organise trips in a hot air balloon and admire the beauty from above.

You can find more travel ideas in the Dordogne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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The French version of this page is at La Musée de la Rue du temps qui passe (Francais)