The rye Museum

The Morvan hasn’t always presented the green face we know today. Until the last war, you have to imagine it dotted with these long fields of golden rye. Indeed, on this not very fertile granitic soil, farms produced a little bit of everything for local needs, but above all rye which supplied the grains to make bread, but also straw for the manufacture of domestic and beekeeping objects, thatch blankets, etc.

The rye house presents the history of this ancient agricultural practice that disappeared in the 1950s. You will discover how rye was widely used in many areas of Morvandiaux life. The traditional habitat was covered with thatched roofs and the Morvandiaux were renowned roofers. Rye straw was also used to make hives and a whole series of utilitarian objects. This cereal was also an essential part of the daily diet.

Around the Rye House

To observe ‘La couture’, this former rye area, a rye path is available to visitors (about 3 km). You will also have a beautiful view of the castle of Ménessaire, the oldest part of which dates from the 12th century and the most recent from the 17th century.

Eco-museum of morvan – Themed House

Contact Information
The rye house – City Hall
21430 Ménessaire
Phone. 0033 3 80 64 28 65

Every Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For groups, all year by appointment.

Office de tourisme
du Pays Arnay-Liernais

6, place Bonaventure-des-Périers
21230 Arnay-le-Duc
Tél. 03 80 90 07 55
Mail :
Accueil du lundi au samedi de 9 h 30 à 12 heures et de 14 à 18 heures.