Museum du Désert

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Le Mas Soubeyran - 30140 MIALET - GPS : 44°05’44’’N 3°57’25’’E

Tél : 04 66 85 02 72

Museum du Désert

In the heart of the Camisard Valley (the touristic valley of Mialet), a typical Cevenol hamlet made of old stones and narrow alleys, harbours the Desert Museum, ser up in Pierre Laporte’s house, Camisard leader also known as Rolland.

In this unique and conserved environment, the largest Protestant history museum in France, you will discover the resistance of the Huguenots and the Camisards revolt during the "desert" period (1685 to 1789).


A place of remembrance, The Desert Museum (awarded Tourism Medal in 2005), bears witness, since its creation in 1911 of the Huguenots resistance in the face of the absolute power’s intolerance under the Old Regime.

The Desert, used to describe all the hiding places, caves, ravines, forests... where persecuted protestants secretly celebrated their forbidden cult. It is since this time, this period is called the Desert dating from the revocation of the Treaty of Nantes (1685) to the French Revolution (1789).

The Camisard Wars are deeply anchored in the Cevenol collective is often spoken of. This Cevenol protestant uprisingtook place between 1702 and 1710.

In a series of 15 rooms, you will discover 2000 authentic objects who bear witness to history: Camisard arms, cards, hiding places, bibles, handwritten documents, edicts, judgements, traditional Cevenol objects, costumes...

Opening Times

The Desert Museum is open
Every day from March 1st to November 30th: 9.30pm to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.

July - August, open non-stop 9.30am to 6.30pm.

Specially adpated visitors book for youngsters.