The history of the museum of St. Fargeau
The museum is located in St. Fargeau, the old historical capital of Pusaye in the west of the departement of Yonne. As time went by, the strategic position of the region between the Yonne and the Loire allowed it to develop through its main activities of logging and subsurface management (iron and clay).
In 1994 the museum's first ever collection was donated by a Mr. Armand Nohues, a former mayor of the commune and industrial entrepreneur specialised in the construction of steel frames. Pierre Bordier, Mayor of Saint Fargeau until 2008, moved quickly to make the former mairie available to house this public collection. The building handed over to the museum is a former convent which once belonged to an order of Visitation nuns and was then redeveloped into a mairie (town hall) and ballroom during the 3rd Republic.
In 1995, the first series of devices from the Nogues collection was exhibited on the ground floor of the museum. In 2000, the General Council (Conseil général), the commune’s main partner in the work of conserving the museums in the Yonne, acquired a collection of gramophones, radios, and mechanical musical instruments from Lanobre in the Cantal, leading to the creation of an outstanding public collection for visitors to cherish and enjoy in France and Europe. Today the museum fills most of the old convent building.
Two major ideas form the driving force behind the museum and architectural project.
Firstly, to bring the museum up to scratch in the 21st century in terms of welcoming the public, guided visits and making the scientific and museographical content clear, as well as ensuring the conservation and security of public collections.
Secondly, the determination to establish the Musée de l'Aventure du Son as an important regional and national institution in terms of the quality of its collections and its original thematic orientation.
The museum acquires, conserves, studies, and brings the best out of its collections and heritage. That is what probably distinguishes it from exhibition centres. The museum also conducts research and prepares outreach activities: exhibitions, publications and educational activities.