Located in the heart of the Périgord, near Sarlat, The Street of passing time Museum is a family business where 3 generations now work. As the name suggests, the visitor walks down a reconstructed street inside the museum building, between shops and workshops from the early 20th century. Everything is homemade, with great care and taste to truly recreate an atmosphere of nostalgia that will bring back memories and arouse the curiosity of the youngest.
Michel Boom was (among other things) a car wrecker, and as such recovered a few cars and many parts related to automobiles. He also collected all kinds of objects, hence the idea of creating a space to accommodate them. Joined in the adventure by his daughter Christelle, this project led to the creation of the museum. The initial idea was to create a place recreating scenes from life in the past, to highlight these old cars.
The cars on display are obviously vintage to cope with the theme of the museum. But there is not enough space to exhibit a lot of them, and only 3 cars have found their place. The gleaming 1926 Fiat 509 Spyder (Spider or Spyder at the beginning of the 20th century refers to a 2-seater open body with a 3rd independent seat that can be opened at the rear) is on display in a workshop, while the Citroën 5HP 1929 is parked in the “street”. The Mathis is in a reconstructed garage.
However, The Street of passing time has a few gems in its reserves, with an expansion project that would allow a dozen cars to be exhibited. To be continued with this little teaser…
A few other motorized vehicles, such as an old tricycle or a Terrot 175cc motorcycle are also on display, at The Street of passing time Museum, as well as a few bicycles. There is also a sleigh, and a curious dog (or goat) carriage that was driven by a dog until the mid-1920s.
But the heart of the museum is of course the street, or rather the cobbled streets along which you can find the shops and workshops. The visitor thus circulates in a village from the beginning of the 20th century, with its shops, workshops and craftsmen. Butcher, baker, grocer that can still be found, but also saddler, wheelwright, cooper that no longer exists. A real dive into the village life of yesteryear. The shops and workshops are very well stocked with period objects and tools, collected, hunted down or donated.
A few mannequins in costumes finish making these compositions extremely realistic. A game allows you to sharpen your attention during the walk, since the aim is to discover an anachronistic object in about twenty shops, which obviously does not belong to the period. Depending on the final grade, you may or may not get your certificate!
A bar with a few tables and an outdoor terrace offers refreshments, and a small shop sells local products. Parking and picnic area are available for visitors.
|July & August, daily
|10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
|April, May, June and September, closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays
|10 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 6 pm
|October and until November 11, closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays
|2 p.m. – 6 p.m
|Youth (6-12 years)
|Children (under 6 years old)
|Group (from 20 pers.), per person
|School groups (from 10 kids 4 to 10 years old)
|Free parking. A picnic area is available for visitors
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