Muses des Techniques

Museum of wood crafts
 39220 Bois d'Amont

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Museum of wood crafts

From cheese boxes to skis
The Haut-Jura - a land of spruce forests and long winters and inhabitants with time left on their hands when their farms are cut off by snow - a land of dairy cows and cheese, a land where technical skill, ingenuity and awareness of market trends have enabled it to successfully specialize in a number of crafts and industries from the making of glasses, gemstone-cutting and pipe-making to turnery and animal horn carving.

The museum exhibits the wealth and various uses of the spruce tree in this small town which was once and still is the capital of wood crafts (more particularly, the manufacture of wooden boxes). Most of the medicine cabinets from the 19th century were made here. Every possible means of hydraulic energy and every facet of the spruce tree were used to this end.

Whether the tree was sawed, drilled, sliced, slit, cut, stamped, dried, glued or stapled, existing know-how was adapted to the market demands and Man was able to make the necessary tools and machinery.

Visitors to the museum can follow every step in the life of the spruce tree-from tree farms to the most varied of finished products : skis, tavaillons (wooden panels covering house façades) and all sorts of boxes and clock cases. The saw mill and machines are operated during the tours.
Musée de la Boissellerie
12 rue du Petit Pont
Tel. 00 33 (0)3 84 60 98 79
Opening times
Open every day from june to september and during holidays.
Open from january to may from wednesday to sunday.
Closed in October, November and December.
Open at bank holiday.
Guided tour : 1 hour
Group visits year round by appointment.
Nearby places to visit
Glasses Museum in Morez, Haut-Jura Nature Reserve Centre in Lajoux.
Entrance fees

  • Adult : 6 Eur
  • Children 7 to 16 : 3 Eur
  • Concessions (passport, student, disabled, map Cezam, loisiroscope) : 5 Eur
Group bookings
  • Adult : 5 Eur per person (free for guide and driver from 10 people)
  • Children : 2.60 Eur per person (free for escort and driver from 10 people)