In the heart of the capital of the Poitevin Marshes, in the famous and atypical village of Coulon in the Deux-Sèvres, the Maison du Marais Poitevin offers a fun and educational tour to discover the history of this great Regional nature park renamed.


The ideal starting point to visit the Marais Poitevin

The House of the Marais Poitevin is more than just a museum, it is a ecomuseum. It is a place not to be missed, dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the culture of the history of Poitevin Marshes. The ideal starting point to discover and understand the largest marshland on the Atlantic coast: 

  • a duration of the visit: 1h30 in more than 700 m2,
  • 5 exhibition rooms,
  • the Maraiscope (animated projection on the history of Poitevin Marshes),
  • of passionate guides,
  • a vast shop and bookshop.
Maison du Marais Poitevin

The Maraiscope

A projection of archive images, engravings and contemporary films are shown at the same time as a 15m² model is illuminated during the explanations.

A place for families

The House of the Marais Poitevin is perfect for spend time with the family while having fun! Children can discover the history of the creation of the Poitevin Marshes, natural region of France divided over 3 departments: Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Charente-Maritime. The Poitevin Marshes also called Green Venice has been completely developed by man. The museum will help you to understand the major stages of this building.

You will also learn more about the flagship activity from Poitevin Marshes : the boat. Before becoming a tourist activity as we know it today, it was first and foremost a means of transport at a time when there were few roads. Cows and wood were transported.

And the pig, do you know what it is? What do you use to move a boat forward? A paddle? Well no, it's this funny word, the pigouille, which was used to moving the boat forward by sticking it in the mud! You'll see that there are several on display in the museum, they look like big wooden sticks.

The House of the Marais Poitevin, it is also a place that takes us back to the past to discover customs of the past. You will visit a exact reconstruction of a market garden house of the time. Through real objects, you will understand how a family lived in a single room that served as a bedroom, kitchen and dining room.
Do not hesitate to ask when you arrive at the museum the activity booklet on the paths of the marsh. This booklet is free and offers various games and puzzles to do during your visit.
The museum also offers educational activities for schools and groups as well as guided tours.

Niort - Marais Poitevin Tourist Office
Exposition maison du marais poitevin Coulon

Temporary exhibition space

At the end of your visit, included in the price of your ticket, enjoy the temporary exhibition of the year.

Each season, the ecomuseum offers a temporary exhibition related to a theme of the Marais Poitevin. Photography, painting, sculpture... Several arts are represented.

Continue with a tour of the Marais Poitevin by boat

What if you put into practice what you have just learned inside the Maison du Marais Poitevin? Our advice is to continue your visit on the water!
Go on a boat trip, alone or with a boatman guide and let yourself be carried away by this Green Venice French style!

Open your eyes wide, watch the pigs diving into the water, you will probably see the spectacular phenomenon of the fire on the water. You will certainly come across a family of coypu on your way, admire their ease in the water! And then you will arrive in front of the famous and mythical house with blue shutters. You've certainly seen it in paintings, on postcards or on television!


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Maison du Marais poitevin

5 place de la Coutume
79510 COULON
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