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;
🖼 current temporary exhibition: Le Grand-Saint-Bernard : une histoire en images / a historical collection of prints at the col et l’Hospice du Grand-Saint-Bernard, and the famous dogs / collection put together with the collaboration of Frédéric Künzi and Léonard Gianadda;
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 (FB page here)
There is a 🎁 gift shop at the entrance, so if you need a new Saint-Bernard cuddly toy, this is the place to be!
good to know: 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!
💶 price: adults: CHF 12; senior citizens (60+ years): CHF 10; children (8+ years) and students: CHF 7; families: 29 CHF;
⇒ 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;
⇒ other activities for families in Martigny and nearby: see here (2nd century Roman amphitheatre next door, la Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Les Marécottes zoo);