Dupuy Mestreau Regional Museum is housed in a building with typical 18th century architecture.
It was built in 1738 as a private mansion, and was the seat of the 'Charente-Inférieure' police headquarters until 1920, when it became a museum.
Today, this beautiful setting displays a vast collection of objects produced by regional artists and significant to the local history of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Without the dedication of one man, Abel Mestreau, this collection would probably never have seen the light of day.
After a career as a negotiator, he spent much of his life researching the past and the history of Angoumois, Saintonge, and Aunis. As he carried out this work, he discovered and accumulated many objects important to the heritage of the region, for example: ensigns, crockery, engravings, paintings, jewellery, weapons, clothes, and head-dresses.
To really give visitors the feeling they have been plunged into the past, the museum is decorated throughout as it would have looked in the 1900's. This impression verges on reality when you find yourself in the reconstruction of a rural interior, complete with furniture and tools.
Musée Régional Dupuy Mestreau, Rue Monconseil
17100 Saintes, France
Tel.: +33 (0) 5 46 93 36 71
(guided visits only)
From 1st October to 31st May, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday from 1:30pm to 5:00pm
From 1st June to 30th September, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday from 1:30pm to 6:00pm
Full price: £1.40
Free for those under 18 years of age
Free entry for all visitors every Wednesday and Sunday