Museum of the Berry Canal

1. The dock.   2. The material of the lock keeper.   3. The donkey driver.  

Located on the banks of the Berry canal, the museum retraces the astonishing story of the lock keepers, carpenters and boat carpenters who marked local life for more than a century. It pays tribute to the courage, work and genius of men.


From May to September :

Electric boat trips on the Berry Canal are back in service for this new 2024 season!
Two routes are offered :

  • First pier at the Berry Canal Museum in Audes: open in May, June and September from Wednesday to Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. In July and August from Wednesday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Second pier is located at Allée des Soupirs in Vallon-en-Sully.

In total at the two departure points, 9 boats are available. For a ride in an electric boat, a reduced rate is offered on entry to the Berry Canal Museum!

In July and August:

Every Wednesday from August 3 to 28 at 3 p.m. // Guided tours “the fabulous history of the Berry Canal from its construction to its decommissioning”.
Departure at 3 p.m. from the museum reception.

Tuesday 23, Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 July // Remp’Arts Festival 2024
The tenth edition of the Remp’Arts Festival will take up summer quarters in the region’s castles for 5 theatrical and musical performances. Programming, locations and times to come.

In September :

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. // European Heritage Days
Like every year, the Berry Canal museum will open its doors free of charge during the European Heritage Days weekend. Guided tours and conferences will be on the program :

  • The string railway, by Alain Gourbet – Saturday 09/21 at 3 p.m.
  • A sailor named Gabin, by Quentin Lagriffoul (continuing the Canals & cinéma exhibition) – Sunday 09/22 at 5 p.m.
  • Guided tour of the Berry Canal Museum – Sunday 09/22 at 3 p.m.


Channels and Cinema

A source of inspiration for writers like Georges Simenon or Marcel Achard, the canals of France have served as the setting for some legendary films where the shadows of Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Audrey Tautou or Arletty and his famous “gueule d’atmosphère” hover.
This new exhibition explores eight decades of representation of the world of shipping on the big screen.

from april 03, 2024 to november 03, 2024

Art is shared – Part 1

Like every year, the Community of Communes opens its René Chambareau space to artists from the region and elsewhere. From May to July, meet Catherine de Mareuil, artist-painter sensitive to nature and especially water. At the same time, admire the porcelain paintings of Marie Hoarau.

Home of the Berry Canal Museum, free entry.

from may 01, 2024 to july 23, 2024

Art is shared – Part 2

Emile Romero, watercolorist, will exhibit his paintings on the theme of the Berry Canal. They will be accompanied by sculptures by Danièle Dekeyser.

Home of the Berry Canal Museum, free entry.

from august 01, 2024 to october 31, 2024

Useful information :

Days and times :
Open from April 3 to November 3, 2024 :
- In low season (April, May, June, September, October and November) + public holidays: Wednesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- In high season (July and August): every day except Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Address :
Musée du Canal de Berry
Port de Magnette
03190 AUDES
Phone number :
04 70 06 63 72

E-mail address :

Website :

GPS coordinates :
latitude : 46.46357
longitude : 2.59900