The strawberry museum of Plougastel-Daoulas!

And here we are in lovely historical Plougastel-Daoulas in the Finistére dept 29 of my lovely Bretagne. So much beauty of architecture and history abound us here,and for a change will not repeat the introduction on the town but rather tell you about something unique, a strawberry museum of Plougastel-Daoulas !! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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It is the Musée de la Fraise & du Patrimoine; right in city center.  Sort of the Heritage and Strawberry museum a lovely place right around the main sights in town. The strawberry has a long history here. However, the museum is much recent. The adventure begins in 1980 with the creation of the association Friends of the heritage of Plougastel”. In December 1985, the town acquired the Nicolle House. The objectives were initially for conservation action, pedagogical action and tourism action. From 1990, the House of heritage is growing, seeing an extension to be built. Two years later, in 1992, the Museum of Heritage opens in its entirety. In 1995, the museum became the Museum of Strawberry and Heritage as it is today. The planting here goes way back . The first variety cultivated on a large scale was the “Strawberry of Chile”, because it was brought from Chile, South America,  later supplanted by new varieties such as the “Pineapple Strawberry”, then the “Royal Princess”, also known as “Strawberry of Angers”, then by the “Strawberry of the Mayenne”.

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The heritage of Plougastel is presented through the costumes, its furniture, its architecture and its agricultural history. The strawberry, emblematic and inseparable from the peninsula of Plougastel, is put in the spotlight.  Today, the museum consists of nine showrooms on two levels, presenting the history of the strawberry from the 18C to the present day and all the particularities of the heritage of the peninsula of Plougastel

 The rdc or first floor tells you the history of the strawberry and the commerce with Europe, especially England. From types of strawberries to harvesting, collecting, and packaging as well as shipping it. It tells you the strawberries here are the local variety and the white strawberry brought all the way from Chile in South America. And yes the strawberries here are the best, we buy them in all kinds of versions yoghourts are great!

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The second floor or 1er étage here, tells you about the traditions , customs of the local Breton families and paintings/objects of arts depicting the life and time of the area and the strawberry harvesters. You can taste them in the boutique below where you will find very nice objects dedicated to the strawberry. We got our jams and tea flavor strawberry .

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You can taste them in the boutique below where you will find very nice objects dedicated to the strawberry. We got our jams and tea flavor strawberry. The welcome is very friendly and informative and the family trip is wonderful; especially as it involves food lol!

The official Strawberry museum webpage:  https://www.museefraisepatrimoine.bzh/

The Bretagne region tourist board on the museumhttps://www.brittanytourism.com/offers/musee-de-la-fraise-et-du-patrimoine-plougastel-daoulas-en-2016000/

The Finistére dept 29 tourist office on the Plougastel strawberry with a nice video in French: https://www.toutcommenceenfinistere.com/article/fraise-ploiugastel

There you go folks, another nice different stop in my lovely Bretagne and in nice Plougastel-Daoulas. You will do good to stop by the Musée de la Fraise indeed!!.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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