What is an ÉCONOMUSÉE®?
An ÉCONOMUSÉE® is first and foremost an enterprise that operates in the field of fine crafts or the agri-food sector and uses authentic know-how in the production of commodities. An ÉCONOMUSÉE® showcases artisans and their trades. The concept allows artisans to open their workshops to the general public so they can share their knowledge and passion and sell products made on the premises. From a tourism standpoint, an ÉCONOMUSÉE¸® is an innovative concept that allows private enterprises to reach out to the general public, explain local culture and contribute significantly to the preservation of an intangible cultural heritage.
To become an ÉCONOMUSÉE®, an enterprise must meet selection criteria and integrate fundamental components into its premises:
1. Reception area where visitors are welcomed and learn what an ÉCONOMUSÉE® is
2. Workshop where visitors can see the artisans at work and exchange with them
3. Interpretation space on traditional know-how
4. Interpretation space on contemporary know-how
5. Document centre