Departemental Breton Museum

1, rue du Roi Gradlon
29000 Quimper
Telephone : (33) 98 95 21 60
Opened from 9 AM to 9 PM from the 1st of June until the 1st of October. From 9 AM to 12 AM and from 2 PM to 5 PM off-season.

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The departmental breton museum was created in 1846 by the Archaeological Society from Finistère. In 1911, it moved in its actual location, in the ancient Palace from Bishops of Quimper, between the Cathedral and the banks from Odet.

In this exceptional place have been gathered important collections concerning archaeology, history, the ethnography and the popular art from Lower Brittany. The museum covers the countries of Cornwall (Cornouaille), of Leon and Petit Trégor. Here is presented a significant set of the way of life and of the creative genius from Bretons of the western part of the Armorican peninsula. The patrimony conserved in the museum is unique and is composed of costumes, popular furniture, ceramics from Quimper, and also prehistory.

The visitor follows an impressive itinerary which ends in the colourful enchantment from the cornwall costumes from the last century. It is without exaggerate a true ethnographic treasury that each year several international specialists from the history of costume came to study.