We first visited 🐶 Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard with a dog-loving and inquisitive 3 year old and a sleeping (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 – Découvertes Barry Family.
Children and adults alike will LOVE this museum.
Restaurant & Café
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.
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: 25 CHF;
[ 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! ]
⇒ other activities for families in Martigny and nearby: here;
🗓 opening hours: the museum is open daily from 10h until 18h and CLOSED on 24th and 25th December;
🅿️ parking: there is plentiful parking on site.