Ferme de la Bintinais, Route de Chatillon-sur-Seiche
Phone: +33 2 99 51 38 15
Fax: +33 2 99 50 68 35

Ecomusée Du Pays De Rennes

The Ecomuseum of Rennes traces five centuries of history of the Bintinais farm, one of the largest farms of the region, on the outskirts of the town.
The permanent exhibition allows visitors to traverse the farm’s history to better understand the links which united the town and countryside. Reconstructed rooms, objects, machines and furniture demonstrate this. Audiovisuals, interactive games and films allow the public of all ages to understand the lives of those who created this unique, and yet universal, history.
Temporary exhibitions are organised around themes in collaboration with the heritage of the area of Rennes.

Permanent Collection

Discover, over 19 acres, the history of agriculture in Brittany since the seventeenth century. The museum houses a plant collection, and an animal conservatory protecting nineteen rare breeds in danger of extinction.
In addition, the museum aims to educate visitors about the area’s heritage, and works with institutional partners and associations which aim to promote awareness of artisanal constructions and techniques, their restoration, and their maintenance.
The museum’s collection is primarily concerned with the areas of professional life, domestic life, and science and techniques. The collection is shared with the musée de Bretagne, and also houses deposits from the Ecole nationale Supérieure d’agronomie de Rennes.
The permanent collection also contains many photographs and post cards describing daily life of yesteryear (urban and rural scenes, scenes of the workplace, education and home), as well as furniture, tools, scale models, costumes etc.
The agricultural collection is home to plants cultivated both today and in days past, and includes cereals, textiles, forage plants and oil-producing plants. Included among these are plants that are no longer used today, for economic reasons. The Ecomuseum grows these to assure their survival.
Apples and the regional techniques of cider production have their own place in the museum, with an area dedicated to growing nearly a hundred unique apple varieties. The Bintinais farm used to have over 1,000 apple trees over 62 acres, and produced 90,000 litres of cider per year. It now engages in an active program of conservation of the local apple and pear varieties.
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The museum presents temporary exhibitions, as well as activities on certain weekends. This program highlights remarkable themes and techniques surrounding the patrimony of Rennes. These exhibitions emphasise education and the pleasure of discovering tradition from scientific, technical and ethnological view points.



4.60 euros full price
2.30 euros for 6-14 year olds
Adult groups 3.80 euros each (by reservation only)
Family membership for one year 22.80 euros
Individual membership for one year 12.20 euros
Please phone +33 (0)2 99 51 38 15 for information and reservations or email

Opening hours

Summer (1 April – 30 September)
Open from Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 6pm. Exhibition areas are closed between 12pm and 2pm, but the rest of the museum and the picnic area remain open.
Open on Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm and on Sundays from 2pm to 7pm.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Winter (1 October – 31 March)
Open from Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.
Open on Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm and on Sundays from 2pm to 7pm.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Getting there

From Rennes take Metro line 1, in the direction of la Poterie to Triangle station. Take interurban line 61 in the direction of saint-Erblon to Le Hil-Bintinais. Turn right at the exit, cross the family gardens and follow yellow signs to the museum.
By car
From rocade sud (southern expressway), follow signs to the ecomuseum between the Nantes and Angers exits.
From Rennes, take the avenue Henri-Fréville and follow the signs in the direction of Noyal-Chatillon-sur-Seiche.

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The Education service of Rennes welcomes around 12, 000 students a year, from pre-school to college age.
The service aims to install a partnership between schools and museum, providing an educative experience for its visitors by catering for various ages, and preparing teachers for their visit accordingly.
Séverine Lenain, in charge of the education service, can be contacted on 02 99 51 38 15.