Museums in the Lot and Garonne and Dordogne Region

Apiculture Museum,  Beaumont

Learn all about honey, pollen and royal jelly production in a lovely shady spot. Beehive products can be bought here.

Abris Troglodytiques, Belves

Underneath the main square at Belves are a number of original troglodyte dwellings. Tours are organised by the tourist information office just off the main square. The dwellings are fascinating, well worth a visit.

La Maison des Vins de Bergerac

This is house in a 17th century convent originally used by monks sent to Bergerac to revive the Catholic faith in the area. A beautiful cloisters often used for exhibitions and concerts in Bergerac, including free jazz performances at 5pm every Wednesday, in the summer.

National Wine and River Navigation Museum, Bergerac

Museum housing models of the boats that once navigated the Dordogne plus several winemaking tools .

Moulin de Larroque,  Museum of Paper, Couze-Saint-Front

This moulin has been restored and inside it is possible to watch a paper making demonstration using the old machines. Upstairs is a collection of watermarked paper and samples of the beautiful paper can be bought.  The mill is an attractive building in its own right. Set on the river Couze, which was renowned for the quality of its water. At one time thirteen mills on the river were making hand made paper but at the end of the 19th century modern methods forced the closure of smaller companies.  The Moulin de Larroque was resurrected in 1972 and is now famous in France and internationally. The Larroque papers are used by artists, printers and graphic designers.

Maison de la Noix, Molieres

This small museum displays everything connected to walnuts, including walnut products to sample and buy. The walnut oil is delicious on salads and of course being one of the richest oils in Omega 3, is very good for the heart.

During the summer the museum puts on various activities for younger children.

Museum of Cycling, Musee du Velocipede, Cadouin

The foremost collection in the world. A collection offering the complete history of the early bicycle and short reined dandy horse.

Museum of Tobacco, Bergerac

Sounds very dull but is in fact an interesting little museum with information about the origins of tobacco and uses in for example, Aztec rituals and early medicine. A large selection of pipes is also on display.

Musée d'Arts et Traditions Populaires, Domme

Historical collections and arts and crafts.