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of PoitouThe life of the peasants

Museum of rural life and headdresses

In the heart of the village of Souvigné, the Museum of Rural Life and Headdress retraces the life of the farmers of Poitou in the 19th century.

Why is it a must ?

Highlighting local memory

7 showrooms

Extend your visit with the Prieuré walk

A museum in a former priory

For more than 30 years, the Friends of the Souvigné Heritage have been perpetuating Poitevin traditions and bringing back to life the everyday objects of peasants.

In a historical and patrimonial setting, you will discover seven themed areas : A 19th century peasant interior, a traditional basketry room, a know how (Savoir-faire) room at the time of  headdresses 1900-1914, traditional headdress and costume room 1800-1900, laundry barn and hemp work, bakery, stable, and tools of the land.

Nearby is the old temple of Souvigné, a listed building, which is distinguished by a cloverleaf architecture and an interior decoration including a remarkable pulpit.

The Priory Walk

The visit to the museum can be extended with an immersive walk around the priory, through the landscapes and history of the Protestant countryside : washhouses, family cemeteries, …

Annual events

The Farci market is an unmissable event to rediscover the flavours of yesteryear. Come and taste the farci poitevin, prepared by the volunteers of the association of the Friends of Souvigné which is kept a secret!

Events are organised in May and August.

Before going to the museum

4 things to know


Open to the public from 02/07/23 to 30/09/23



Exhibition 2022 “From the headdress to the hat” 1850-1950


Animated visit “Gestures of yesteryear” on the 1st Sunday of August


Group visits all year round by appointment