Situated in the heart of the village, in an old Bellevillois farm, the Saint Martin Museum retraces one hundred and fifty years of this high Savoyard valley’s history. A surprising history, which led this altitude village, living an almost self-sufficient way of life, towards its tourist-based destiny. From the height of the agricultural civilisation in the 19th Century to the tourist revolution in the 60s, passing by the industrial changes at the beginning of the 20th Century, discover the highlights that have marked this history.
Life in the warmer months
Spring, summer and autumn were working months for the Bellevillois. Ploughing and sowing, taking the cattle up to the mountain pastures, transforming the milk, hay making, harvesting, kindling gathering… The jobs were never-ending leaving little time for rest. But the warmer months were short and everything had to be done in order to feed the men and animals during the winter.
A changing society
The top level of the Museum shows the Vallée’s tourist development and retraces the creation of Les Menuires in the 60s and Val Thorens from 1972 onwards. These scope of these projects, created to reply to the ever increasing demand for winter sports, over time have modified the Vallée’s countryside and opened up the perspective of a new economic dynamism. In the 80s, the village resort of Saint Martin, built around the old village centre, concluded this development programme.
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