Live with your students a day at the gates of Ariège and in Cathar country! Welcome to Southern Gaul, in the Toulouse South where the Visigoths and the Franks settled between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries! As real archaeologists, you will investigate these peoples thanks to the reconstruction of the necropolis discovered not far from there. The objects found bear witness to their daily life and to the evolution of the art of clothing. It is also at the textile and horn comb museum that you will learn about the principles of spinning and weaving from medieval times to the present day.

- Discover a scientific profession.
- Raise awareness of local heritage.
- Develop a sense of curiosity and reflection.
- Discover an ancestral know-how from handmade to mechanization.

Bus parking - Toilets - Shop area - Picnic area and fitness trail nearby - Accessible to people with reduced mobility.


Gates of Ariège Pyrenees

You are in Ariège, in the north of the department, halfway between Toulouse and the Pyrenees. Arrival in Ariège from the north of [...]


Your program

Map List

1 - Guided tour of the Ardouin Museum, a former Pastelier hotel, in Mazères.

10h00: Discovery of the exhibition dedicated to the excavation of the Bénazet necropolis through an attractive, fun and educational museography.
You can choose between 2 formulas:
Distribution of the class into 2 groups. Rotation every 45 minutes.
- Guided tour of the museum and the “Barbarians and Southern Gaul” exhibition.
- 5 workshops around the buckle plates with the provision of an educational kit: discover the function of the buckle plates, the conservation and restoration of archaeological metal furniture, the manufacture, the typology, the decorations.


Distribution of the class into 3 groups. Rotation every 30 minutes on the animations.
- The Bénazet site: interactive reconstruction of the necropolis and tombs, trades linked to archeology to understand these peoples buried in Bénazet.
- Typology of the objects found: Merovingian buckle plates, the evolution of the art of clothing through silhouettes, the daily life of the Franks. Questionnaires provided.
- Screening of a film on the Franks.

12h00: Picnic from the bag.

2 - Guided tour of the Textile and Horn Comb Museum in Lavelanet.

14h00: Guided tour of the Textile and Horn Comb Museum in Lavelanet.
The guided and commented circuit allows children to understand the principles of spinning and weaving, going back in time, from an old family activity (medieval period) to an activity that becomes mechanical (18th century), then following, industrial , using manual and mechanical demonstrations.

Distribution of the class into 2 groups. Rotation every 45 minutes on 2 animations to choose from:
- Spinning initiation workshop.
- Introductory tapestry workshop
- Introductory workshop in felting techniques.

16:30 p.m .: End of activities.

Prices / Validity

Price of stay / person: 6,50 €
Price Min. Max.
Price stay / person - School trips - 1 day Min. €6,50

The price includes

  • Admission, guided tour and activities at the Ardouin hotel museum and at the textile and horn comb museum.

The price does not include

  • Transport, picnic.

Payment method

  • French bank and postal checks
  • French "Chèques vacances"
  • Cash
  • Eurocard-Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Transfer

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