Occupying the territory situated between the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Var departments, the Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence protects and extends the value of the geological sites, fossils, and folded and broken mountain landscapes of the Alpine massif. It contributes to better public awareness of the history of the Earth, providing the key to its better understanding and promoting a better living environment for everyone.
« From vine into grapes: winegrowing in Haute Provence » is the Musée du Moyen Verdon’s new exhibition. It explains the history of wine around Castellane, the way vine was cultivated, the way grapes were harvested and transformed, the traditions and symbols related to wine-making…
Why a museum on the sirens’ topic in the middle of Verdon’s mountains? 40 million years ago this territory was under the sea and was inhabited by strange marine mammals called sirens.
Where does the word “siren” come from? What kind of connection is there between “sea cows” and beautiful sirens from our childhood? Do sirens still exist nowadays? How do they live?
With the help of objects, animal sculptures, photographs, films, illustrated panels in French and in English, immerse yourself in ancient times to rethink the contemporary world.
Not to be missed is the private collection of fossils that will delight young and old.
The visit ends with the discovery of siren fossils situated in the Col des Lèques, 15 minutes away from Castellane.
The Musée Sirènes et Fossiles is a branch of the Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence.
For more information, please visit their website.