Historial de la Vendée museum : presentation and practical information

Discover the Historial de la Vendée

Museum of the History of the Vendée.


In the heart of the Boulogne Valley, the Historial de la Vendée invites you to explore 7,000 years of history in a museum like no other. From Prehistory to the dawn of the third millennium, you will become participants in the eras that you cross thanks to an innovative museography that will make you change your mind about museums !

Unique in France: the children's museum offers a fun exhibition to learn all about the sea.

The Historial de la Vendée comprises :

  • 7 thematic exhibitions: Geology, Prehistory, Antiquity, Medieval Millennium, Modern Period, Vendée War, 19th and 20th century,
  • An interactive museum, with more than 3,000 artefacts and collectables exhibited.


Our visit aids

  • Guided tour in English (by reservation)
  • Audio guide in French, English, German, Spanish or Dutch
  • Easy to read and understand (EasyRead) tour guide booklet

Our facilities

  • Toilets, nursery and relaxation area
  • Free coach parking on site
  • Shop with a wide choice of books, games, regional products and Vendéen crafts
  • Auditorium and conference rooms for your seminars and professional meetings

Recommendations and accessibility

  • Site accessible to people with reduced mobility
  • Prior reservation required
  • Air-conditioned museum


On the site :

  • The Historial café welcomes you all day long with a full menu of meals, snacks and drinks
  • Picnic area on the banks of the Boulogne river

In Lucs-sur-Boulogne:

Practical visit information :

Opening hours



From 02/01 to 30/06

From Tuesday to Sunday

10h - 18h

From 01/07 to 31/08

Every Day

10h - 19h

From 01/09 to 31/12

From Tuesday to Sunday

10h - 18h

Closed on 25th December and 1st January


  • Adult (+26 years old) : 8 € (without temporary exhibition) / 9 € (with temporary exhibition)
  • Yougnsters (18-25 years old) : 6 € (without temporary exhibition) / 7 € (with temporary exhibition)
  • Free entrance for children under 18 years old

Payment : Cash, CB


The Museum is located :

  • 25 minutes from La Roche sur Yon
  • 45 minutes from Nantes
  • 50 minutes from Cholet

Coming by car :

  • GPS coordinates : 46°50’36’’N / 01°29’39’’ O
  • Highway A83 "Nantes - Bordeaux" exit 4 "La Roche sur Yon"