The Stringed-instrument maker’s House

1. Hurdy columns (copy old) by Claude PIMPARD , luthier in Jenzat ( 1863-1931 ). @Jenzat,Stringed-instrument maker's House (C.C.)   2. Player and old dancers " Tapestry. North of France. 19th century. @Jenzat,Stringed-instrument maker's House (C.C.)   3. " Player old Piedmont " Bronze on marble base by Jean Didier DEBUT Moulins ( 1824) -Paris (1893). @Jenzat,Stringed-instrument maker's House (C.C.)  

The Maison du luthier at Jenzat is devoted to ethnologic heritage, its purpose being to present a very specific tradition in musical instrument-making, shown in its original setting. The Museum is housed in the former home of the instrument-maker J.-A. Pajot (1845-1920), in the neighbourhood where the hurdy-gurdy makers lived in Jenzat (“Aymard”, “Decante et Cailhe”, “Nigout”, “Pimpard Cousin”, “Pimpard Cousin fils”, “Pajot fils”, “Pajot jeune”, “Tixier”) Europe’s main centre for the making of hurdy-gurdies in the ©l9th and 20th centuries. It includes a collection of hurdy-gurdies, bag pipes and other musical instruments ; a collection of tools used by instrument-makers ; the hurdy-gurdy workshop ; the brass instruments workshop (1934) ; a room for studying and viewing video films about making and playing the hurdy-gurdy ; an interactive terminal. Hurdy-gurdies have been made in Jenzat since 1795.



They traveled the roads of France and Europe, animating the streets to the sound of hurdy-gurdies, bagpipes and mechanical instruments. Itinerant artists, song dealers, Savoyards and Auvergnats can be discovered with their instruments by visiting the exhibition Buskers.

from may 15, 2021 to september 26, 2021

Street Musicians

Inauguration of the exhibition “Traveling Musicians“, guided tour as part of the Night of Museums.

july 04, 2020 - 17:00

Representation of peasant life

Representation of peasant life” conference by Pascal Billy.

july 04, 2021 - 17:00

The hurdy-gurdy in the spa town: between homelessness and locality

The hurdy-gurdy in the spa town: between homelessness and locality“, conference by Pascal Chambriard with musical illustrations.

july 25, 2021 - 17:00

The barrel organ

The barrel organ” conference by Michel Jallat with musical illustrations.

august 08, 2021 - 17:00

Bagpipes in migration

Bagpipes in migration“, conference by Jean-François Chassaing with musical illustrations.

august 15, 2021 - 17:00

The fiddler Joseph Perrier

“Joseph Perrier”, conference by Eric Cousteix.

september 12, 2021 - 17:00

Musiens ambulants d’Auvergne

“Buskers of Auvergne”, conference by Jean-François Chassaing with musical illustrations, as part of the European Heritage Days.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2021 at 5.30 p.m.

september 18, 2021 - 17:30

Hourly :
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in July and August.
Saturday and Sunday in June and September.
By appointment for groups (25 people maximum) from May to October.

Address :
Maison du Luthier - Musée
8 rue des luthiers
03800 JENZAT
Phone number :
06 80 80 35 27

E-mail address :

Website :

GPS coordinates :
latitude : 46.16492
longitude : 3.19557