Visit the nice Colette Museum in Saint-sauveur-en-Puisaye

The Colette Museum, founded on the initiative of her daughter Colette de Jouvenel and opened in 1995, is a recognised French museum. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, the famous writer, was born in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye in 1873.
The museum dedicated to her in the heart of her native village is housed in the castle that was rebuilt in the 17th century. Although she never stayed there, Colette wrote about it in Claudine à l’école: “Montigny […] is a staircase beneath a great castle, rebuilt under Louis XV and already more dilapidated than the Saracen tower, which is thick and low, overgrown with ivy, and crumbling at the top a little more each day.

Museum Colette


The so-called Saracen tower is a donjon with a rare egg-shaped plan, dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. In this bed of greenery and history lies the Colette Museum, “a museum for the senses as much as for the mind” as the museographer, Hélène Mugot, puts it. A living museum where Colette’s voice and gaze accompany the visitor to an imaginary library where chance leads to the discovery of the writer and her works.
And before you go into the village, be sure to stop off at the Pause Gourmande, the Colette Museum shop and tea room, located in the former kitchens of the château. This place invites you to read, to have an intimate moment with Colette, a gastronomic and literary break.