Welcome to
Le Muséum de l’Ardèche

Natural history museum at Balalazuc, Ardèche, France

Immerse yourself in the origins of Ardèche and rule the mysteries of Life ! A spectacular adventure in the universe of fossils turning the clock back.

Over 350 m², stones and fossils tell us a 500-million-year story including the outstanding jurassic marine wildlife from the depths of Ardèche. The museum exposes sharks, squids, lobsters and octopuses as well as an impressive deposit of momified animals and plants exeptionally conserved into the diatomite, a stone formed during volcanism episodes, 8 million years ago.

“We will be happy to make you discover the geologic wonders of Ardèche conserved in our nhm and some of the most outstanding fossils in the world.”

Emmanuelle Riou, Mehdi Bennourine, Bernard Riou, Co-founders

Come and discover …

The village of Balazuc

In the heart of the Gorges de L’Ardèche, near the UNESCO Geopark des Monts d’Ardèche, the Muséum of Ardèche is located in a a fantastic natural and historic environment. Appearing to be clinging to a rock above the Ardèche river, this medieval village has the classification of “The most beautiful villages of France”.

Dreaming landscapes set

The Ardèche offers different and beautiful landscapes telling us a 550 million years long story. A mountain tray of ancient granite rock with a substantial thickness layer of volcanic rocks ; Huge deposits of marine sands dug by erosion and forming natural marvels like Le Pont d’Arc.


Many other museums, cultural and leisure sites …

The liberty to discover more than 30 sites !

Organize your program over 3, 6 days or year-round and enjoy a free of charge access to the tourist sites in partnership with the operation. To get your Pass’Ardèche purchached online, present yourself with your booking confirmation and your identity card at the first visited site. Also for sale in tourist sites or tourist offices participating in the operation.