Biot's History and Ceramics museum offers an original approach Created in 1980 and expanded in 1997, the Museum is now undergoing a new phase of expansion. The restoration of the chapel « des pénitents blancs » and the creation of a gallery offer new exhibition spaces in the heart of the village. The museum collects and presents elements from Biot's cultural heritage linked to a history that goes back 2,000 years. Initially a Celto-Ligurian territory, Biot subsequently became a Gallo-Roman castrum and home to a commandery of Templars before being entirely repopulated in the 15th century by families coming from the Ligurian coast. Thanks to the quantity and quality of its clay deposits, Biot became the Mediterranean's biggest manufacturer of jars. In the mid 17th century, Biot counted over forty pottery works . Their enormous output was exported primarily throughout the Mediterranean and the Americas. The museum presents an important collection of these jars whose fabrication ranges from the 16th to the 19th century. Litlle by little, Biot's pottery evolved towards utilitarian and decorative ceramics. The indoor fountains (18th and 19th centuries) exhibited in the Museum offer a perfect representation of this art, popular yet at the same time refined.
Thématiques : Antiquité / Archéologie / Art contemporain / Arts décoratifs / Histoire locale régionale /