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Platinum Museum

The history of the Ile de Ré, in particular its origins and traditional identities, has long been preserved in the Musée du Platin. La Maison du Platin is located just a few minutes from the Tour des Prises campsite, in the village of La Flotte, one of the most beautiful on the island and remarkable for its magnificent harbor. The architecture of this house reflects the image of the region, and is a fine example of the island’s traditions and history. The museum houses a wide range of works, including photographs, dioramas, objects, furniture and much more, revealing the island’s diverse identities and recreating the atmosphere of yesteryear.
The museum has preserved and passed on the agricultural and maritime heritage of this region for almost 30 years. It is managed by the Flotille en Pertuis association. His collection is divided into four exhibition levels.

The history of its origins and traditional activities

On the first floor, you’ll discover the remains of the Châtelier Abbey, built in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. This monument was one of the largest in Central-Western France, and contributed to the enrichment of the island.
Agriculture, oyster farming and fishing are the island’s main traditional activities, illustrated by models and dioramas of boats and old tools.

Transport on the Ile de Ré

Go up to the 2nd floor of the museum to discover a means of locomotion that is no longer in vogue, but which once marked the daily life of the local population. It was a small train that carried tourists and goods all over the island in 1947.
Sailboats and steamships were also used to reach the mainland. Take a trip back in time, with photos, anecdotes and objects dating from before 1988. This important date marks the construction of the bridge linking the island to the mainland.

Houses and outfits

On the third floor, you’ll discover the way of life of the island’s inhabitants. You’ll be transported to another era. When you open the door to this room, you’ll be plunged into the heart of 20th-century Charente rural life. The reconstruction lets you discover the objects that marked this century, such as furniture, clothes, tools and everyday objects that bear witness to the skills and traditions typical of the island.
There’s also a large collection of photographs taken by Nemours Bonin between the 20th century and the Second World War.

Thematic tours of the museum and temporary exhibitions

The Musée du Platin offers daily themed tours. They are associated with evening strolls through the streets of the village. He can organize a walking tour of the village, a visit to the Châteliers abbey and a discovery of the monks’ wonderful history. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
And as every year, a major exhibition is held on a theme related to the island. As for children, they’ll be spoiled for choice with treasure hunts, reading and a play area.

Timetable for the Musée du Platin

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 6pm (April to June/ September to October)
  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 6:30pm (July-August)
  • Annual closure: November to April