Having fun in museums

Whether you’re an artist, a scientist, a budding archaeologist or a full-time gourmet, Mayenne‘s museums encourage curiosity from an early age. With programs designed especially for children, the workshops and tours on offer are sure to make a lasting impression on their relationship with the museum. Even with very young children, there’s no reason to hesitate to push open their doors.

Just a tip : most museums are free on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Published on 19 June 2023

Awakening your senses

at Musée d’Arts Naïfs et Singuliers

MANAS is a unique venue dedicated to Naïve and Singular Arts, housed in the Château de Laval. At once a place of discovery, artistic practice and creativity, the many activities on offer from the age of 18 months facilitate the relationship between the work and the public. Among the works on display are the lushly vegetated paintings by Douanier Rousseau, the famous painter from Laval. A colorful world, conveyed through play. Guided tours, board games, giant Cluedo, creative workshops, musical discovery, hide-and-seek with Manas wildlife and a family escape game: a colorful program to discover art.

Practical info: From 18 months. Activities during school vacations, on reservation.

Immerse yourself in a fabulous universe

at musée départemental Robert Tatin

It’s a curious museum, and one that children will be delighted to discover in Cossé-le-Vivien. Robert Tatin devoted 20 years of his life to this, tirelessly shaping his house and garden, inspired by his travels, artistic influences and convictions. The friendly dragon head around the meditation garden will amuse the little ones. Interactive tours adapted to children are organized during the school vacations.

In addition to tours, the Robert Tatin Museum also offers creative and artistic activities to awaken children’s senses. They’re designed for the whole family, young and not-so-young alike. Workshops include creating a mobile from coloured paper and modelling little dragons from clay.

Practical information: Outdoor tour suitable for baby carriages. Activities during school vacations, on reservation.

Science in all its guises

At the Zoom, a centre for scientific culture

Fascinating, amusing and sometimes even intimidating, science intrigues. At Le Zoom in Laval, science is at the heart of the museum. With exhibitions, creative workshops, lectures, shows and scientific experiments, there are 1001 ways to experience science.

From the exact sciences to the humanities and social sciences, we explore it in all its forms: love, equality between girls and boys, fruit and vegetables, dinosaurs and sleep have all been explored. And because our curiosity knows no bounds, the interactive exhibitions change every 4 months. Enough to satisfy even the most curious!

The little extra: the museum is located right next to the Perrine garden, the ideal place for a picnic before or after discovering the Zoom.

Practical information: The recommended minimum age varies according to the exhibition, so don’t hesitate to contact the museum. The Zoom is a happy museum, and has signed the Môm’art charter.

Milky epic

At la Cité du Lait

Where does milk come from and how is it made into cheese? At La Cité du Lait, in Laval, we’ll be answering these questions and all the others that follow. Immersed in the heart of the former Laval dairy, you’ll discover the story of an incredible industrial adventure: that of the Lactalis group. An impressive collection of objects will immerse you in this milky world.

An interactive tour of the museum, butter and cheese-making workshops, storytelling and investigations: there’s plenty to do for all the family. And for those with a sweet tooth, a cheese tasting awaits you at the end of the visit!

Practical information: Workshops during school holidays, by prior arrangement. Approx. 1,5 hours guided tour. For children aged 3 and over.

From fruit harvesting to distillation

At the Musée du Cidre

Yes, apples are grown in Mayenne too! The Musée du Cidre in Melleray-la-Valléeshowcases the making of cider, apple juice, calvados and perry through a collection of period and contemporary objects. Guided by Trognon the hedgehog’s game book, children can retrace the apple’s journey by taking on a series of challenges.

It’s a fun way to explore the world of apples, and one that’s sure to delight children.

Informations pratiques : Ouverture du 1er avril au 30 septembre. Tables de pique-nique sur place.


Some suggested museums

Discovering Manas through a creative workshop, modelling clay while listening to stories from the Robert Tatin Museum, being fascinated by Science through exciting interactive exhibitions: a whole programme of fun in museums to capture the attention of our little ones.

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