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🖼️ Valais Bisses Museum

Address
Route du Pissieu 1, 1966 Ayent
Phone 1
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2018 Août
  • Date de Visite
    19.08.2018
  • GPS
    46.27595 7.40467

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Valais bisses museum


The Valais bisses museum (Musée valaisan des bisses in french) is located in the village of Botyre in the municipality of Ayent. It is housed in a pretty 17th century building called the “Painted House”.

The painted house that hosts the museum.
The painted house that hosts the valais bisses museum

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Bisses


A bisse is an open-air canal that carries water to agricultural land for irrigation. It can be dug into the ground, the rock and, most impressive of all, when it hangs on a rock face and is then made of wooden boards called chenaux in french.

The bisse de Sion dug in the ground and the bisse de Savièse hung on the cliff.
The bisse de Sion dug in the ground bisse de Savièse hung on the cliff.

Museum


On 4 levels and nearly 300 m2, the museum presents all aspects related to the bisses with the help of archival documents, objects and videos. The themes addressed by the museum are as follows:

  1. The bisse in history
  2. Build and maintain the bisses
  3. Bisses in the collective memory
  4. Media library / The bisse and the religion
  5. Water rights register
  6. Irrigation in the past
  7. Water in human life
  8. Nowadays irrigation
  9. Bisses in their geographical context
  10. Temporary exhibitions
  11. Projection room

A magnificent interactive map (at point 11) allowing you to locate on the screen each bisse of the valais.
A magnificent interactive map (at point 11) allowing you to locate on the screen each bisse of the valais. valais bisses museum

Balconies


Two balconies provide a view with an orientation table over the many bisses in the region.

First balcony:


View towards the South.

View towards the South from the first balcony of the valais bisses museums View towards the South from the first balcony of the valais bisses museums

Second balcony:


View towards East with mainly the bisse de Lens.

View towards the East from the first balcony of the valais bisses museums View towards the East from the first balcony of the valais bisses museums

Outside


The outside of the museum includes tables for drinking a glass but above all the reconstruction of bisses with their door to supply them with water as well as the house of the person who was in charge of the bisse. This small attraction will undoubtedly appeal to children and offers a plus to the museum.

The house of the bisse keeper.
The house of the bisse keeper. valais bisses museum

Water supply and doors to allow water to circulate in the ground or on “bazots” that are trunks dug in length.
Water supply and doors to allow water to circulate in the ground or on "bazots" that are trunks dug in length. Water supply and doors to allow water to circulate in the ground or on "bazots" that are trunks dug in length.

Warning hammer to indicate to the keeper if the flow rate of the bisse is adequate. If the hammer struck too quickly, it meant too much flow and otherwise too little flow.
Warning hammer to indicate to the keeper if the flow rate of the bisse is adequate. valais bisses museum

Videos


A video on the bisses museum.

A video on the bisse de Saxon keeper.

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