The Bay Centre on Mont-Saint-Michel is the ideal place for discovering everything relating to life in the bay.
A permanent exhibition presents the visitors with the characteristics of a marine and estuarine environment which is subjected to the tides twice a day. Through a fresco that allows you to see the different stages in the life of different animals over a year, it gives details on and explains how the places under threat are connected to the different landscapes. In parallel to this, the weather forecasts allow you to follow the bay's development over the course of the seasons and to relate this evolution to the human activities which depend on the tides. In addition, two human activities that have spanned centuries are highlighted in particular: ?pêche à pied' (fishing by foot), which is still practised in the bay, and the ?fabrication of salt through the evaporation of sea water, a practice that was common in the area of Avranchin', but which has not been practised for over a century now. As the different elements of this exhibition show, man continues to make good use of this unique ecosystem and to develop agriculture in the polders, with the breeding of salt meadow sheep, shellfish farming, hunting and, of course, tourism.
Maison de la baie du Mont-Saint-Michel
Route du Grouin Sud - 50300 Vains.
Tel: +33 (0) 2-33-89-06-06.
Opening hours: every day in April, May and during school holidays, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
June and September: every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
July, August: every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Prices: adults: ?4, children: ?1.60.
The Eco-Museum of the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel is dedicated to the inhabitants of the bay, as well as its fauna and flora. It is located in a traditional farm of the bay.© Ecomusée de la Baie-Vains
The first area of the museum is dedicated to life around the bay. A 30 metre fresco displays the evolution of the bay and its fauna over the years.© Ecomusée de la Baie-Vains
To help visitors of all ages really get into the history of the bay, interactive terminals, films and models are all at their disposal.© Ecomusée de la Baie-Vains