13 avenue Victor Bouthillier Hôtel de Clerjotte
Phone : +33 (0)5 46 09 21 22
Fax : +33 (0)5 46 09 75 60
If you want to know everything about the history of this island, don’t miss to visit Ernest Cognacq Museum.
Its art and history collections illustrate the major events that took place in Île de Ré. From archeological furniture to decorative arts objects, you will have the opportunity to follow the development of a thriving economy based on wine growing and salt production, as well as the emergence of a society consisting of merchants and shipowners.
The military history is reflected in the engraving representing the siege of Île de Ré in 1627, and the handwritten plans of the fortification walls built by Vauban. A hall is therefore dedicated to the 12 Vauban major sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with a model describing the project of Louis XIV’s great engineer for Saint-Martin-de-Ré stronghold.
The ground-floor halls of the medieval house celebrate maritime life with collections of scale models and marine objects, and ceramics with regional earthenware, and also the pictorial creation in Île de Ré (April 2015).
Saint-Martin-de-Ré, the anteroom of the penal colony. Opens in March 2015
From 1873, the Rétais city had been a detention place for convicts sentenced to the penal colonies of Guyana and New Caledonia. That important history for the town is reproduced thanks to objects and works of art recently bought by the museum.
Throughout the year, temporary exhibitions provide visitors major moments:
In June, a contemporary artist exhibits in the upper hall of Hôtel de Clerjotte (exceptionally open for that occasion).
From August 2015, the courtyard of the museum will be home of a touring exhibition organised by Réseau Vauban. It will present the world heritage, with Saint-Martin-de-Ré fortifications being part of it since 2008, in both a recreational and educational way.
From autumn 2015, the medical student wit will be highlighted in an original exhibition of collections.
- Conducted tours of exhibitions and fortifications
- Workshops for children aged 4 and over
- Participation in the Nuit des musées, Rendez-vous aux jardins and Journées du patrimoine events.
> Open all year
1 October to 31 March:
10am-12.30pm and 2-5pm (weekdays),
2-5pm (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
1 April to 30 June, and September:
10am-12.30pm and 2-6pm (weekdays),
2-6pm (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
1 July to 31 August:
Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December.
|Child rate||2.50 €||de 6 à 18 ans|
|Free||/||/||- 6 ans|
|Group||2.50 €||A partir de 10 pers.|