A visit to Musée Petit Monde is not like any other museum tour but is a journey through time discovering a faraway and fascinating world. A long journey in the memory and recollections of our community which starts in the three main facilities that make up the Musée Petit Monde: the raccard, the grandze and the grenier. These buildings have remained protected over time, hidden in their own secluded “small world” that keeps the secrets of the past, when this corner in the mountains was an important pass on the way to Switzerland. A way of experiencing again the mountain as they did in the past, to feel it alive and vibrant. Enjoy a secret and unchanged landscape. This and much more is there for you in our Petit Monde.
Would you like a taste of what awaits you at the Musée Petit Monde? Move the pointer over the map for details about the rooms dedicated to old farming activities.
Triatel is located on a sunny promontory, on the passage towards the Chavacour valley and therefore on the ancient route to Switzerland. The inhabitants of this beautiful and remote corner of the world used to live off agriculture and farming. The slope of the valley towards Etirol, sunlit but without water, was entirely cultivated with cereals, especially wheat and rye, on terraces supported by dry stone walls that can still be seen today. The area of the villages, with more water, was better for cattle farming and hemp cultivation.
The chapel, located in the upper part of the village of Triatel and already mentioned in documents dated 1588, after the devastating plague in 1630 was dedicated to Saint Roch; Saint Bernard, Saint Roch and Saint Anthony of Padua are represented on the façade, from left to right.
In Ponty, on the road that joins the capital city to Petit Monde on the edge of a precipice, below exposed rock there is another chapel, also built thanks to the generosity of the inhabitants. This small church was built in 1733 in a place already dedicated to worshipping the Holy Mary.
In July and August check opening times and the calendar of events at the Tourist Office. In the other months, the museum is open upon reservation for group visits.