Musée des Commerces d’Autrefois

The Museum of Shops From Bygone Days

Musée des Commerces d'AutrefoisPrepare yourself for a journey back in time to an era of small shopkeepers and tradesmen!

Lovingly created an old warehouse in meticulous detail, here you will find a series of workshops and stores dating from the years between 1900 and 1940.

The whole shopping area, inspired by the architecture of Eiffel can be explored whilst listening to a musical background featuring the voices of Arletty and Maurice Chevalier. The exhibition features an impressive collection of everyday objects which bring back so many nostalgic memories yet are missing in our lives today.

Businesses on show include a grocery store, a pharmacy, a hatter, a butchers shop and even a Rochefort bar with its beautiful Belle Epoque facade. The products and advertisements of the time are also on show.


Musée des Commerces d'AutrefoisThis new Experience is a multi- sensory approach with scent diffusers installed in stores: the old leather shoemaking, glue on the schoolchildren’s desktops, clove to the dentist, camphor at the pharmacy, etc…

The great thing about a visit to this exhibition is that older and more senior visitors will be taken back to their childhood as they recognise the decor of years gone by, whereas the youngsters will see with their own eyes the daily lifestyle of their parents and grandparents – a way of life that is totally different to their own. This really is a nostalgic and also highly educational experience.

Audio guide available in French and English

Opening hours
From 1st February to 31st March : 10am-12pm/2pm-6pm from Monday to Saturday -2pm-6pm on Sundays.
From 1st April to 30th June : 10am-12pm/2pm-7pm from Monday to Saturday -2pm-7pm on Sundays
From 1st July to 31st August : 10am-8pm every day
From 1st September to 31st October : 10am-12pm/2pm-7pm from Monday to Saturday -2pm-7pm on Sundays
From 1st November to 31st December: 10am-12pm/2pm-6pm from Monday to Saturday -2pm-6pm on Sundays.
Annual closure in January (except for group bookings)
Closed on December 25th

Contact details
Musée des Commerces d’Autrefois, 12, rue Lesson, 17300 ROCHEFORT ~ Tél. : 05 46 83 91 50 ~