Château Perrier

Épernay, France

The Château Perrier, a historic monument and former home of champagne merchants, provides an exceptional architectural and landscape setting for the 2,000 objects on display and can also be discovered during the visit.

Built between 1852 and 1857 by the Sparnacan architect Pierre-Eugène Cordier, Château Perrier is the first example of the Eclectic architectural style in this region.

The four facades are inspired by French Renaissance architecture and the Louis XIII style, similar to buildings in Paris such as the Palais du Luxembourg, the Palais des Tuileries or the Lescot wing of the Louvre. The sculpted decorations are brought to life by the interplay of the colours of the materials: brick, stone, slate and glass.

The collections present the wealth of cultural heritage in the region over four subjects: the formation of the countryside and the chalky Champagne subsoil, archaeological traces left behind by humans in Champagne, creation and history of wine in Champagne and patrons and explorers of the 19th century and the Belle Époque.

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Founded: 1852
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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archeochampagne.epernay.fr

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Helen Higgins (2 years ago)
If you're a history buff or like to know more about the how of champagne making then this is a great place to visit. The added audio guide is free, easy to use and informative. Was personally interested in the Champagne making the most and history but this is not the only historical heritage kept here. Loved the 'hands on' smelling of the different ingredients that go into the Champagne with the different grapes. Relaxing way to fill in a few hours between Champagne house tours. It was advertised that there was a cafe here, but that didn't eventuate. Shame they haven't changed the signage.
Rachel Shuttleworth (2 years ago)
A lovely afternoon spent in the museum. Its in a beautiful building that we were lucky to have practically to ourselves . We had lunch in the gardens at the back of the museum which are free to use if you don't want to go in the museum itself.
Cameron Fox (2 years ago)
Great museum well worth the €9. The exhibits are interesting and the audioguides are helpful but the real attraction is the building itself. It’s a beautiful Château which has been tastefully modernized, complete with a massive cellar. Allow two hours.
Andrew David (2 years ago)
So much information! I enjoyed the museum so much. It gives history of the chateau and family while also going through everything you could ever know about champagne
Jeevashi Pareemanen (2 years ago)
Today is the first Sunday of the month and we were lucky to access the museum for free. There are multiple floors to visit and the 1st floor covers thoroughly the process of making champagne. The rest is about archeology and paleontology. Pass Education is accepted here.
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