The Caux Seine agglo museums, MuséoSeine, the museum of the Norman Seine in Rives-en-Seine, and Juliobona, the Gallo-Roman museum in Lillebonne, are pleased to welcome the public to represent two facets of the Seine-Maritime. While the former takes visitors to the heart of the history of the Seine estuary, the latter invites them to discover the local Gallo-Roman heritage collections. During a trip to the north of the Normandy region, these two places are a must for anyone interested in the history of the Seine-Maritime, in the way the Seine has shaped the landscape and its close link with mankind, but also in the presence of the Romans in Normandy and the heritage and objects they left behind from their passage. In addition, these two incredible museums do their utmost to attract not only adults, but also children. Two cultural spaces for which the history and specificities of the Seine-Maritime region are transmitted from a very young age.
An astonishing journey to the heart of the Seine of yesterday and today at MuséoSeine
The first stopover is at MuséoSeine, the museum of the Seine located in Caudebec-en-Caux - Rives en Seine. The building was built on the banks of the river, so that the public always has the river in front of them, but also around a boat which is the latest model of a traditional boat from the Seine valley, a gribane. The visit of the museum includes a moment on the boat to contemplate the superb view on the Seine. The overall architecture of the building is reminiscent of naval architecture, and blends perfectly with its surroundings.
Inside, the public discovers two parts. The first is a walk along the banks of the river, with the discovery of six particular sites that have marked the history of the estuary between Antiquity and the contemporary era. You will discover how people have appropriated the banks of the river over the years, building abbeys in the 9th century, for example, and then much later industries in the 20th century. A touch table is available to try to answer questions about the estuary.
The second part of the tour is much more thematic. This time, young and old alike will plunge into the heart of everything that happened directly on the water. We follow the adventures of a boat on the Seine and we learn in passing that navigation was never easy. Through models, boats, archive images and other objects, we also discover how the Seine gave way to leisure areas, how it was crossed to reach both banks, as well as the spectacular phenomenon of the tidal bore, a wave that has now disappeared. At other times, a projection propels us into the shoes of a Seine pilot, and we are interested in the fish that inhabit the river. For the more manual types, it is also possible to test their agility around the play table by making marine knots. Note that MuséoSeine has a contemporary scenography and offers interactive environments through the use of new technologies.
You should keep an eye on the events calendar at MuséoSeine. Two temporary exhibitions take place there each year. You can enjoy the exhibition "Toutes voiles vers Quillebeuf ! A strategic position until the end of the 18th century", for a journey to the heart of the turbulent waters of the Seine in the 18th century.
On the trail of the Gallo-Romans at the Juliobona Museum
The Juliobona Museum bears the ancient name of the town of Lillebonne, the former capital of the city of Calets, a territory corresponding to the present-day Pays de Caux. This museum invites history lovers to discover the incredible Gallo-Roman past of the city. With more than 300 exhibits from numerous excavations, as well as new objects from the reserves of the Rouen Museum of Antiquities, this incredibly rich site takes visitors on a journey to the heart of the Gallo-Roman way of life. We learn more about what they ate, with what tools, how they entertained themselves or the gods they worshipped. We also marvel at the coins, jewellery, glassware, ceramics and other treasures in the so-called "Marcus tomb".
To show to what extent Juliobona was a major city in antiquity, the museum offers tours coupled with the discovery of the Roman theater of Lillebonne. This spectacular building was discovered in 1754, acquired by the Department of Seine-Inférieure in 1818, and excavated in 1830. It is also possible to continue with a walk at the foot of the main Roman sites still visible today in the city of Lillebonne, and around which still hover some mysteries. To appreciate the flavours that the Gallo-Romans tasted at the time, don't forget to sign up for the "Savour Antiquity" tasting tour, where the pleasure of the eyes meets the pleasure of the taste (offer reserved for adult groups: works council, club...).
Kid-friendly museums open to all members of the family
During a family trip to the Seine-Maritime, and when you want to spend time in a museum, it is always pleasant to know that the museums are committed to arousing the interest of children. The museums of the Caux Seine agglo have signed the Môm'art charter and its good practices, a guarantee of a welcome adapted to children and families. Thus, at MuséoSeine, a visit booklet is given to children aged 6 to 11 at the reception desk. They can then wander around the museum in a fun way, playing games related to the tour: connect the dots, rebus, word scramble, code to decipher, etc. And they should never miss the area dedicated to them, where they can put themselves in the shoes of a sailor at the helm of a ship!
At the Juliobona Museum, a booklet is also given to children aged 6 to 11 to discover the museum while having fun. During the holidays, fun workshops are offered on Thursdays, around a specific theme, but always in connection with the Gallo-Roman past of the city. The sessions are followed by a small snack. These workshops are also offered to children at MuséoSeine.