We first visited 🐶 Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard with a dog-loving and inquisitive 3 year old and a snoozing (mostly!) newborn baby in a pram . . . this visit coincided with the arrival of Saint-Bernard puppies!
A year later we visited again and this visit coincided with another litter of 🐶 cute puppies, but also with the most wonderful 🐣 Easter egg hunt in the grounds next to the 🏺 Roman amphitheatre! The museum not only organised an 🐣 Easter egg hunt (included in the entrance to the museum), there were also lots of 🎨 creative Easter workshops on offer. After this visit, we came home with great quantities of chocolate and also some hard-boiled eggs (part of the hunt!).
Layout of the museum
The museum is set across THREE floors, with the 🐶 GROUND FLOOR devoted to the Saint-Bernard dogs. Visitors can view the dogs in their kennels and there is a large outdoor space where they play. At various stages during the day, there are some “ meet and greet ” moments with the dogs.
On the first floor, visitors can learn about the history of the Great Saint-Bernard Pass and on the second floor there is an interactive exhibition about Saint-Bernard dogs for children.
The museum also organises 🎨 family activities and workshops on this floor.
Children and adults alike will LOVE this museum.
Puppies at Barryland
🐶 Puppies are born a few times every year at the Fondation Barry, and they reside at Barryland for 4 weeks (until they head to their new homes!). The birth of puppies is always announded on the Barryland website and on the Facebook page, so be sure to follow! A visit to Barryland when there is a litter of puppies always makes the visit even sweeter: these little balls of fluff, waddling around, sleeping, playing . . . before they grow to become giants! (note: you are not allowed to pet the puppies!)
⇒ follow the puppy live-stream here;
Events at Barryland
Barryland organises a Christmas event, an amazing easter egg hunt for Easter, Halloween activities and Barryday!
Also organised are springtime walks with the Saint-Bernard dogs!
Café de Barry
When you need a break from cute dogs (but you won’t!), then there is a ☕️ café / restaurant at the museum, with both indoor seating and terraced seating outside, called the Café de Barry.
website & FB page
There is a 🎁 gift shop at the entrance, so if you need a new Saint-Bernard cuddly toy, this is the place to be!
If you have no intention of leaving with a new cuddly toy, then you’ll need to have this discussion before entering the museum, as there is quite the tempting collection on offer!
Other family activities near Barryland
There is much more to see and do around Martigny !
Here are some ideas :
- 2nd century Roman amphitheatre next door;
- Fondation Pierre Gianadda;
- Les Marécottes zoo;
💶 price: adults CHF12 / children (8+ years) CHF10 / families 29CHF;
⇒ online tickets here;
[ good to know: visitors to Barryland – Musée et chiens du Saint-Bernard are entitled to a 30% reduction on the admission price to the Pierre Gianadda Foundation on presentation of their entrance ticket, and the reverse is also applicable ]
[ ⚠️ IMPORTANT: please note that the museum is located on a busy main road. Be very careful near the entrance with small children! ]
🗓 opening hours: the museum is open daily from 10h until 18h and CLOSED on 24th and 25th December;
♿️ mobilité réduite – fully accessible, with 🚾 on the ground floor;
🐶 DOGS – are not allowed (except for the blind);
- 🚗 by car: sortie d’autoroute Martigny-Expo, then follow the « Barryland » signs;
- 🚞 by train: arrive at the gare CFF de Martigny (accessible from Chamonix) or the gare de Martigny-Bourg;
🅿️ parking: there is plentiful FREE parking on-site;
website & FB page address: Barryland - Musée et chiens du Saint-Bernard, rue du Levant 34, 1920, Martigny, Switzerland tel: +41 (0)27 720 49 20
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