Corkscrew Museum

In the Domaine de la Citadelle - More than 1,200 corkscrews from the 17th century to the present day are on display, some of them unique. Open to the public since 1993. Group bookings only.

601 route de Cavaillon, 84560, Ménerbes

Page updated on 15/03/2024

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A journey through history and innovation

Foundation and origins of the Corkscrew Museum

Founded in 1993 by Yves Rousset-Rouard, this unique museum is located on the Domaine de la Citadelle in Ménerbes, a place steeped in history and beauty.

The story of the Musée du Tire-Bouchon began in a rather unusual way. It was during an impromptu stroll through the famous Drouot auction room in Paris that Yves Rousset-Rouard fell under the spell of a batch of 200 exceptional corkscrews. Seduced by these objects that were both commonplace and steeped in history, he won the bid, unaware that he had just laid the foundation stone for what was to become the world's first museum dedicated to this small, everyday instrument.

The collection

Today, the collection comprises more than 1,200 items from all over the world, dating from the 17th century to the present day. Through the museum's 52 display cases, organised into 6 different categories, visitors can admire the evolution and diversity of the corkscrew, a simple tool that conceals an unsuspected wealth of history and curiosities. Each carefully selected piece tells a part of the story of oenology and human ingenuity.

History and innovation

The corkscrews come from the four corners of the globe, each telling a story, an era, an invention. Some are true works of art, others are technical feats, but all bear witness to human ingenuity and the evolution of our societies.

The museum doesn't just display these treasures; it also invites you to take a journey back in time, tracing the history of wine and its preservation. Did you know that the first corkscrews were probably inspired by firearm corkscrews? Or that the transition from preserving wine in barrels to bottles was a major turning point, necessitating the invention of the corkscrew? These are the fascinating anecdotes that the Musée du Tire-Bouchon strives to share with its visitors.

Musée du Tire-Bouchon - Ménerbes

Musée du Tire-Bouchon - Ménerbes

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Practical information on Corkscrew Museum

Opening times and periods

From 01/01 to 31/03
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st.

From 01/04 to 31/05
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Sunday.

From 01/06 to 30/09, daily.

From 01/10 to 31/12
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on December 25th.

Price

Full price: 5 € Reduced price: 3.50 €. Free entry for children < 15 years, disabled people.

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