The Scribe Museum

In the heart of an old village with narrow streets, in a completely restored part of the former outbuildings of the central castle of Saint-Christol-lès-Alès, built in the 17th century, the Musée du Scribe retraces the history of writing over the last 5,000 years.


Visit of the Museum
About ten rooms offer to be seen, on 450m2, many authentic rooms such as :
- Writing supports through the ages (clay tablets, papyrus, rag paper, wood paper, recycled and special papers...)
- A collection of more than 5000 nibs, nib holders and nib boxes,
- A classroom from the 1920s, completely reconstructed.
The visit of the classrooms is made with the help of a French/English audio-guide, commentaries adapted to any public, additional explanations for children or schoolchildren, for those who wish more in-depth commentaries are obtained by a simple click on a coloured button.
These audio-guides can be used by the hearing-impaired thanks to induction loops and all the explanatory texts in the windows are written in Braille for the visually impaired.
The Scribe Museum is also
- 11 travelling exhibitions
- calligraphy courses
- educational workshops for schoolchildren at the museum and in schools
- animations for book fairs, old trades fairs, medieval festivals, libraries, media libraries...
- Western calligraphy works (guestbook, menus, official documents, family events....
The Musée du Scribe was opened in 1992, under the impetus of Jean-Louis Bonnefille, a collector, teacher, now retired and living in the commune.

The Musée du Scribe publishes a CD on writing media from prehistory to the present day. All the supports, how to make them, how to use them, their period of use....


The Museum of the Scribe
30380 Saint-Christol-lès-Alès
Tel: 04 66 60 88 10


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