In the heart of Sologne, you will perhaps be surprised to discover the Château de la Bussière and its astonishing fishing museum. Its remarkable collection of assorted objects and artwork will fill you in on our ancestors’ fishing techniques, over the centuries, in ponds and rivers. An entire universe will take shape before your eyes as you visit the furnished rooms of this family castle, which was reconstructed during the 17th century.
The first traces of the Château de la Bussière date back to the 12th century. At that time, la Bussière was a fortified castle with its ramparts, moats and drawbridge. During the 17th century, following the depredations occasioned by the Wars of Religion, seigneur Jean II du Tillet undertook large-scale renovation that modified the configuration of the site; the fortified castle was converted into a recreational manor house.
In 1814 the Château de la Bussière was acquired by a one-time musketeer, Gabriel de Chasseval, who transformed it into a residence amenable to the activities of daily life. Having remained the property of the same family, today’s château is uninhabited but furnished; as a visitor you will discover the atmosphere of a family home, with fifteen rooms open for visitors.
In fact, it was in 1962 that Henri de Chasseval decided to open the building for visits. A chief inspector of Musées de France who had been instrumental to the creation of a hunting museum in Caen, Pierre-Henri Duchartre, proposed exhibiting of a collection of fishing objects in the Bussière château. This orientation is explained by the nearness of a 12-acre pond, and today’s museum indeed displays fishing equipment utilized in the Loire valley; more generally, it presents a remarkable collection of objects and artwork illustrating the different fishing techniques applied from the Renaissance through the Grand Siècle (17th century), up until the times of the French Revolution and the Premier Empire.
The exterior of the castle is conducive to pleasurable strolls; beneath the Château de la Bussière, you can visit the 18th-century vegetable garden. Exiting from the garden, you can follow the pathway that will lead you under century-old box trees to search for the nearby cabins and their riddle: Mystery in La Bussière, who has stolen the keys to the castle? Your exploration will finally lead you to the park designed by Le Nôtre and more recently redesigned, in the early 20th century, by Edouard André.
- Average duration of the individual visit : 01h00
- Group educational visits
- Average duration of the group visit : 01h00
- Pets are accepted
- Parlées : French, English
- Specific theme activities
- Adult workshop
- Junior workshop
- Temporary exhibitions
|Monday||10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 06 PM|
|Wenesday||10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 06 PM|
|Thursday||10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 06 PM|
|Friday||10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 06 PM|
|Saturday||10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 06 PM|
|Sunday||10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 06 PM|
|Monday||02 PM - 06 PM|
|Wenesday||02 PM - 06 PM|
|Thursday||02 PM - 06 PM|
|Friday||02 PM - 06 PM|
|Saturday||02 PM - 06 PM|
|Sunday||02 PM - 06 PM|
Full adult price : € 9.00
Child rate : € 5.50
Discount rate : € 7.00
- Carte bleue
- Motorway at 4 km
- Road (national / departmental) at 0,5 km
- Railway station at 10 km
- Airport / aerodrome at 100 km
Services and equipments
- Play area
- Picnic area
- Bar / refreshment bar
- Film projection room
- Fully equipped meeting room
- Self cooking area