Maison Martin Nadaud

The most famous mason in Creuse was born here! And it’s in this very same place, in these buildings that he knew so well, where he grew up and ended his life, that his extraordinary professional and political journey is told.

“Quand le bâtiment va, tout va” (Martin Nadaud)

The migration of the Creuse Masons to construction sites in major French cities in the 19th century has had a strong impact on the history of the Creuse. Martin Nadaud was born in 1815 in the village of Martinèche. Like his ancestors before him, he followed his father to Paris at the age of 14. Meanwhile, women in the countryside continued to run the family farm.

Having decided to offer an education to his son, Martin’s father allowed him to read and learn, to the point that the child became aware of the environment in which he lived and especially the working conditions on construction sites… Martin Nadaud thus became an imminent politician who fought to give workers rights and social protection.

“La Maison Martin Nadaud”, a museum housed in the birthplace of a mason who become a politician, retraces the political journey of Martin Nadaud and allows an immersion in the daily lives of workers on construction sites in towns, and in the Creuse countryside of the 19th century.

Projections, sound effects, sonar benches and objects make the visit dynamic, fun and interactive.

Opening times :

Close for this year

The visit takes approximately 1 hour.

The extras :

  • The site is accessible to people with reduced mobility / audio guides for the visual or hearing impaired.
  • Audio guides available in English.
  • Picnic tables or possibility of picnicking in a heated room.
  • Reception area for camper-vans.


Individual prices

– Full adult fee: € 6

– Full child fee: € 4

Reduced prices (under conditions)

– Adult fee: 5 €

– Child fee: 3 €

Free price

Children under 10 years old go free.

Groups of over 10 people :

All year round on reservation at the tourist office or € 5 per person.




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