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Economuseology developed in relation to products that illustrate the existence of an activity characteristic of a land, a region or a community.
Jocelyne Mathieu

What Is an ECONOMUSEUM®?

An ECONOMUSEUM® is a craft or agri-foods business whose products are the fruit of an authentic technique or know-how. The business showcases artisans and craft trades by offering an area for interpreting its production and by opening its doors to the public.   

ECONOMUSEUM®, which are self-financed through the sale of their products, make an innovative contribution to the cultural tourism sector.

The 6 Components   

Respect for the 6 fundamental components of the concept:

  1. Reception: 
    • Presentation of membership in the ECONOMUSEUM® network.
    • Space devoted to cultural heritage through the commemoration of a figure, craft, or savoir-faire, event, historical period or site.  
    • Permanent plaque indicating the partners associated in the development of the business.
    • Visitor gathering area.
  2. Production workshops:
    • Heart of the ECONOMUSEUM® where the craftsperson and/or his team produce contemporary objects drawing inspiration from traditional methods.   
    •  Visitors must see the craftspeople at work to understand the production process.  
    • This area is equipped with educational tools suited to explaining the production process, techniques, and materials, and to providing other relevant information. 
  3. Interpretation of objects from the past:
    • Exhibition space showing visitors of all ages the creativity of the craftspeople from the past using documented traditional objects and texts explaining the various facets of the craft from a historical perspective.  
  4. Interpretation of the contemporary production:
    • Exhibition area for products, works or pilot-projects referring to the adaptation of traditional products from the past to contemporary needs. 
  5. Reading, documentation and archives:
    • Public area enabling visitors who want to learn more about the craft practised by the craftsperson to read and consult documentation.
  6. Boutique or salesroom:
    • Space set aside for the sale of products made by the craftsperson as well as for associated merchandise.

Eligibility Criteria

All artisans interested in becoming a member of the ECONOMUSEUM® network must first meet the following eligibility criteria. Once this requirement has been met, the next step consists in submitting a business portfolio for further evaluation by the Société's selection committee.

The criteria are:

  1. be a private business in operation for more than three years;
  2. use a traditional technique or know-how to craft one’s products;
  3. make products of recognized quality;
  4. have the ability and the desire to innovate in one’s production;
  5. operate throughout the entire year and be open to the public for at least (4)four months a year, or accept to be open to the public for at least (4) four months a year;
  6. generate a turnover of more than seventy-five thousand dollars ($ 75 000) a year;
  7. show keen interest in welcoming visitors;
  8. be located on or near a previously identified tourist route or a tourist route under development;
  9. operate in buildings having the required space for setting up an ECONOMUSEUM® and welcome visitors, or intend to acquire the required space;
  10. operate on a site and in buildings of high quality.


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