The Museum

The Museum of Traditions and Arts of Normandy was founded in 1961 by the General Council of the Department of Seine-Maritime. Its installation was originally put into Daniel Lavallée’s hands (1925-1989), a German teacher who was famous for supporting the protection of the timber-framed houses in Rouen. The gathering of a vast amount of furniture, clothes, ceramic, glaziery and everyday objects that seem to date back to between the 15th-century and the 19th-century Normandy, allowed gathering an exceptional collection recounting the history of the local popular arts and traditions. Over the years, the museum developed its collections thanks to some generous gifts, notably in the textile sector with the big donation of some fine illustrated handkerchiefs belonging to the Buquet family. Today, fifteen thousand artefacts are permanently or temporarily exhibited in the museum and the outbuildings.

Don’t miss : the castle, the museum, the garden, the traditional objects, the art objects


The Castle of Martainville organize a lot of events all along the season

  • 06

    Apr 19

  • “Femmes, je vous aime”

    6 April 2019 @ 0 h 00 min - 8 March 2020 @ 0 h 00 min

    “Femmes, je vous aime – Être une femme en Normandie du 18ème au début du 20ème siècle” Du 6 avril 2019 au

  • 12

    Oct 19

  • “Malles peintes normandes”

    12 October 2019 @ 10 h 00 min - 1 March 2020 @ 17 h 30 min

    Du 12 octobre 2019 au 1er mars 2020 Les malles et coffrets peints furent très utilisés entre 1750 et 1890 pour