Safe-guarding our history and sharing our treasures
- Share with the public the countless treasures from Ferrette: its history, art, architecture, archeology, geology and nature
- Tell the story of the medieval city, its château, and how it evolved over the centuries. Our stories include the royalty, merchants, peasants and ordinary people, in their natural environment, with limestone rocks, forests and meadows…
- Renovate the ground floor of the Town Hall to incorporate an exhibition space, in partnership with the local government.
Why an exhibition space?
- To highlight the collection of the Ferrette’s old museum; the geological and pre-historic findings of Dr. Herrings; to exhibit the donations from the Vogelweid family; and to share the results of recent archaeological excavations in the Sundgau region.
- To increase the exposure of the works of Leo Lehmann. This remarkable painter, who was born and died in Altkirch, had strong ties to Ferrette which came from his mother and his wife, both from the Vogelwed family. He often escaped Paris to relax in the Alsatian Jura region, where he loved to pain landscapes. His 800 paintings are held in museums and private collections around the globe, but are rarely exhibited.
- To create a space for sharing and getting to know one another; a vibrant, open-minded place where we can build our future together.
The exhibition space will be one of the stops on a discovery path of Ferrette, which also passes by the church, through the old city, the medieval gardens, the reconstructed medieval installations and finishes at the château. The route will be marked with bilingual panels describing the construction of the city; the history of important sites and residents; remarkable houses; preserved shop windows from former merchants and artisans; famous people; and daily life in the past. This is a fitting tribute to the cultural and natural heritage of the City of the Counts.
What is the timeline ?
- 2016-2017-2018 : études du projet de restauration et d’aménagement, plans, recherche de financements.
- 2019-2020 : réalisation des travaux de restauration et d’aménagement. Conception des premières expositions.
- La date d’ouverture du musée dépendra de l’avancée des travaux: en 2021 en principe.