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A Museum on ice, on a discreet perishable product, most frequently judged as luxurious or superfluous ... However ... 

A Museum on ice, on a discreet perishable product, most frequently judged as luxurious or superfluous ... However ...
Use of ice is as old as time. Its usefullness is wide. To have it man exploited natural ice-fields, snow-fields, caves where frost persists. Even in low heights, man has ingeniously turned to his profit natural frost and changed water into ice. He has constructed huge tanks in order to preserve this ice till hot seasons. In western Mediterranea and in Provence particularly, these practices attained a maximal intensity in the Renaissance period. They persisted until the XXth century in spite of political changes that affected society, economy and material life. The Sainte-Baume's mountain, that supplied the Toulon's area before 1789 and both Toulon's ans Massilia's area afterwards, shelters some twenty ice-houses used throughout a long period, from about 1650 to 1900.
Seventeen ice-houses are located in the Mazaugue's territory. The Pivaut's ice-house completed
restored and visitable counts among them. Inspired from this exceptional even not unique entity, the Ice Museum presents the numerous aspects of ice's production, trade and use. We also treat about customary changes that followed the development of transport, local ice being then in competition with ice brought from far away regions by train or on ship. The development of cold-production industries set ice trade free from seasonal and climate variations. The invention of frigorific household appliances, the production of ice at home, has completely upset social relationship and life habits : retailers and daily purchases disappeared. Coming from the mountain or from the factory, ice never lost however its fascinating character whatever its use is : attenuate pain, cheer with a friend or make a success of a feast.

In the museum you will find :
a fresco depicting the machine-romm of an ice-factory
30 panels, which explain the hand-made ice, the industrial production of ice, its trade and uses ...
the tools of a ice worker : picks, knives and saws for cutting the ice
refreshing containers for glasses, bottles, .. , in faïence and tin plate, refreshing carafe, ancient ice-cream machine, ice-boxes.
models of an ice-house
a fresco depicting the outer basin, in which the water froze and a mold

admission fees and opening hours

2,50 €  per person for the Museum 
4 € per person for the Museum and the guided tour of the ice-house from Pivaut
free for children till 6 years old

from June to september
everyday from 9.00 to 12.00 a.m. and from 14.00 to 18.00 p.m.

from october to may
every sunday from 9.00 to 12.00 a.m. and from 14.00 to 17.00 p.m.
and during the week on appointment for groups of a minimum of ten persons
administration : Maison de l'Archéologie - 21, rue République - 83143 LE VAL - tel : 04 94 86 39 24 - mail