The natural heritage
This large limestone plateau, overlooking the surrounding regions, is 100 metres high, and is delimited by the Seine to the south, the Oise to the east, the Epte to the west, the Troësne and The Esches to the north. The plateau is cut by valleys with contrasted profiles sometimes long and narrow and dotted with small valleys such as the Viosne and the Sausseron, or developed into real alluvial open country such as the Aubette de Magny. The Vexin Français landscapes are strongly marked by farming where great crops such as wheat, barley and colza dominate. Overlooking the plateau, the woodhillocks of Arthies, Rosne and Marines are silhouetted against the horizon and capped with sand and milestone. The interest of the Vexin Français heritage lies in its natural diversity of habitats, national interest sites, and species of protected plants orwithin the limit of its distribution area.
The housing heritage
The specificity of Vexin Français also lies in its housing and architectural heritage. All architectural styles are mixed and reveal former occupation and different building periods. The simplicity of the rural heritage of Vexin Français can be noted with crosses, windmills, fountains and pigeon houses in counterpoint with a remarkable architecture of châteaux, churches and large farming estates. Today, every village possesses one or several monuments protected by the Historical Monument Society. Thus, the Park is committed to saving and enhancing this heritage and theknow-hows which have shaped it.
A land of artists for decades
Vexin Français has traditionally been a land welcoming artists. Impressionists, writers, painters, and architects are inspired by its landscapes, sceneries, and history. Numerous events testify of the local wealth and quality of life which motivate enlightened connoisseurs and renowned professionals. Great sites such as Villarceaux, La Roche-Guyon, Auvers-sur-Oise, have placed culture at the heart of their concerns by opening their heritage to artists from all horizons. Some towns and local societies have devised cultural schemes ready to be developed. The park is a land which is resolutely turned to the future with a “lively rural outlook”.
Thus, the development of a cultural policy will contribute to emphasize the liveliness and attractiveness of this land.
The archeological departmental museum of Guiry-en-Vexin
Discover more than 35,000 objects such as coins, potteries, and sculptures dated back to the Paleolithic and the Middle-Ages, coming from excavations carried out in Val d’Oise. Temporary and permanent exhibitions will plunge you to the heart of our origins.
Opened in 1983, the archeological departmental museum of Val d’Oise, has been labelled ‘Museum of France’ since 2004. There, can be found the greatest collection of Merovingian steles in France. Two rooms are dedicated to the Gallo-Roman archeological site of Genainville called Les Vaux de la Celle.
The Departemental Archeological Museum
The Vexin français Museum
An interpretation centre of the territory, the VexinFrançais museum is located in the outbuildings of the Château of Théméricourt right in the heart of a pleasant wooded estate. Spread over 400 m², it presents its geographical and historical dimension and heritage via a recreational and pedagogical approach. The museum devotes various areas to natural environments and to fauna and flora, from geology to Vexin Français landscapes set out by the film ‘Si le Vexin m’était conté’; (the history of Vexin). This living territory is also told by its men and their traditions through the collection of Vasseur-Loiseaux, revealing remarkable popular art objects. Every year, the museum offers temporary exhibitions and develops a cultural programme including workshops, shows and conferences. This is a place of life and it welcomes all publics and especially schools through its awareness programme. The museum also has a shop with a wide range of works, local products or local craft souvenirs. Ideally located in the heart of Vexin Français, this touristic information centre presents all that its territory and surroundings can offer.
Vexin français Museum
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The Museum of Harvest
The House of Bread
The House of Milling