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Permanent exhibits

The Musée comtois tells the story of the people and landscapes that shaped Franche-Comté over recent centuries, through seventeen rooms of permanent exhibits divided into five themes.

Level 1
Often depicted as a rural region, Franche-Comté is also the leading industrial region in France. The first level of the Museum explains two of the region's most important activities with its "Dairy" and "Foundry" exhibits.
(Musée comtois – The forest in Franche-Comté)
Level 2

Cooking in the 19th century

People and their environment
The exhibits on the second level of the Museum allow visitors to discover the landscapes of Franche-Comté and the influence of this environment on the ways of life and creative output of the people who live here. The first room contains a relief map showing the diversity of landscapes in the region which has resulted not only in a wide variety of activities, housing and customs but also in very specific types of cuisine and local dishes. A complete culture is depicted and the exhibits include objects from the Museum's collections, photographs, videos and soundtracks.

Fireplace firebacks
Cast iron messengers
With the rapid increase in the number of Franche-Comté forges, firebacks became widespread in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were used to protect the home, spread radiant heat into the room and show which family their owners belonged to. The Museum exhibits its finest examples, decorated with coats of arms and shields.

Level 3

The third level of the Museum explores two other aspects of Franche-Comté culture: popular beliefs and religion, through the worship of saints and the Holy Shroud of Besançon, together with Franche-Comté puppets, a popular form of entertainment in the 19th century both among the middle and working classes during the religious festivals of December.

This final floor of the Museum also houses regular temporary exhibitions.