You can visit the Rabelais Museum – La Devinière in Seuilly with or without a guide.

You can visit the Rabelais Museum on your own with a document available in French, English and German included in your admission fee.

The visitor experience has been adapted to Covid-19 measures.
For further information,
please see this page.

The tour of the site includes all the buildings at La Devinière and the cellars.

The vineyards  and grounds are relaxation areas where you can read or walk to your heart’s content.

VISITING CONDITIONS

Dear visitors,

In line with government advice to combat the Coronavirus, the Rabelais Museum has adapted its visitor facilities and services. 

Please adhere to the following guidelines to keep everyone safe: 

  • Inside the buildings, all adults and children aged 7 and over must wear masks at all times. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide you with a disposable mask.
  • Hand sanitiser is available in the museum. Please use it as many times as you want during your visit. Please wash your hands when you arrive and leave the site. 
  • To maintain 1 metre social distancing and ensure everyone has 4m2 of free space (please see the French Public Health report, 24th April 2020, p. 4), no more than 4 people can enter the reception-gift shop and 9 people can enter the museum every 30 minutes. Social distancing may be determined and monitored by staff.
  • To maintain social distancing, the museum may temporarily restrict access to the different areas. 
  • When you buy tickets on-site, please use contactless card payment where possible. One member of the group will pay at reception so as to restrict visitor numbers at reception. 
  • Gift shop purchases can be made at the end of your visit with contactless card payment where possible. Please avoid touching items you don’t wish to buy and only handle the book on display when viewing the books.
  • During your museum tour, please follow the visitor trail detailed in the self-guided tour document and instructions on display. This helps organise movement to avoid people coming into close contact with each other. 
  • Please remember to maintain 1 to 2 metres between people at all times, except your social bubble.
  • Digital resources, screens and tables are not available at the moment. Fun-filled booklets for children are available at reception but play areas are no longer open; please bring a pencil for your children.
  • Several visitor services have now been temporarily reduced or suspended to provide safe visitor conditions:
  1. Locker suspension
  2. Guided tours have been suspended and replaced by twice-daily presentations at set times: 10.30am and 4pm – prior booking may be required with a maximum group size of 9. Subject to guide availability. 

How to make the most of the site?

  • Bring your own belongings (e.g. blankets) and settle into the landscaped grounds at the Rabelais Museum 
  • Visitors can explore the scenic audio tour on their own: Un paysage à l’écoute and listen to excerpts by Rabelais and contemporary authors about the landscape that inspired their work.
  • For the three months of summer, the museum is open every day except Tuesday.
  • June: 10am-6pm
  • July-August: 10am-7pm (Open Tuesday July 14th) 
    Final ticket sales 30 mins before closing time.

This information may change at any time subject to government advice.