The story of the grain

(3rd floor)


The story of the grain is the story of the agriculture. It's linked to humanity's history.

The human appeared on earth at the beginning of the quaternary era. He is a nomadic that hunts and picks up fruits or wild berries to eat. The nomadism gradually switched to a settled lifestyle; it allowed the culture of cereal.

The grinding of the grain and the bread making evolved at the same time as the agriculture, taking benefit from technical progress as well as the tastes of the bread consumers.

Our presentation invites to live the essential stages of this long development.

In the same floor is reconstituted an authentic chamber with grains.


(2nd floor)


The visit starts in the heart of the museum, with two audio-visuals that trace the history of the grain to the bread on three different screens.

On the entire floor, presentation of tools and a ploughing machine, seed, harvest, beating, triage, winnowing, grain storage.

The grain, that fabulous adventure


Show for adults (fr-ger-eng)

Story-teller : Jean-François Panet
Conception : Bataillard Graphic Design SA
Direction : Multivision

In the heart of the museum, this slide show redraws the fascinating story from the wheat to the bread, with images of all ages and Emile Gardaz's text.

Of the engrain of the old Sumerians to the actual cereal's selections, from the first hoes to the towed and mechanized plough, from the sickle to the combine harvesters...

During the show, a set of projectors highlights the displayed equipment: swing ploughs, ploughs, harrows, seed drills, rollers...

Projection : 25 minutes.

Ti'Grain, go your way !


Show for children (fr)

Text : Patrick Charles
Actors : Lolita, Lorenz Poffet et Laurent-Joël Bernhard
Music : Christine Nygeller
Illustrations : Marianne Bataillard
Direction : Herbert Laesslé

Nicolas and his grandfather walk in the countryside. Nicolas was having a sandwich for his snack... when he heard strange small cries under the jam... Here is the story of the meeting with a little grain of wheat which only the children can hear... and some grandfathers! Ti' Grain is going to tell them the adventures of the little grain of wheat since when he is buried to germinate, until the day when he will be transformed into sandwich...

Projection : 18 minutes.


(1st floor)


Good grains and fine flour...

In the milling area, you can action the antique stone mill and watch demonstrations of grinding on a video screen.

We can see the evolution on grinding techniques, from the stone grinding, the hydraulically working mills until modern milling.

Several animated models show the driving forces used for the mills in the old times. Light patterns reveal the secrets of the modern milling techniques.




The visit ends with a presentation of the bakery of the past, situated just next to the artisanal bakery in activity in la Maison du Blé et du Pain.

An animated model shows the different steps of bread making and the different elements that we need to make a bread of 1kg are clearly showed.

Collection of waffle irons, kneading machines, mechanical divider and bakery mixer are all testifying ancestral movements of the baker.

Temporary exhibition

From May 4th until December 23rd, 2018


The Bread of tomorrow

Challenges and projects of the Swiss cereals industry
What bread will we eat in ten years, at the next Wheat and Bread Festival? And in a hundred years, at the fourteenth party? What will it be composed of? How will it be made? Or who will shape it?

These questions are the starting point of this exhibition which questions the identity of the bread of tomorrow. Through a journey from grain of wheat in the laboratory to bread in bakery, we will take the pulse of the challenges and current challenges of the Swiss cereals sector. Every trade - breeder, multiplier, farmer, collector, miller and baker - will introduce himself to you and reveal a part of his daily life and his projects.

Young visitors


Young visitors are particularly welcome at la Maison du Blé et du Pain. They can come with their family or their teacher.

They can discover everything about the wheat, from seed to the harvest and learn everything about cereals.

With Ti'Grain, they will discover the museum on a didactic and playful tour.

They can, if they would like to and with the help of the bakers, do their own braid.

One-shot animations for kids are organized year-round and workshops are created every season.

«Braid» activity


By reservation, it is possible to learn how to do a braid with our bakers.

The bakers work in public every working day, from 8am to 2.30 pm. They prepare the dough before visitor's arrival (children or adults) to let it time to rise. Fermentation time is very important and has to be respected.

Program of the workshop :

  • The bakers welcome you and give you your stickers so that you recognize your braid
  • After a demonstration, you do your own braid
  • The baker answer to all your questions and explain every step of his work
  • You visit the museum during the fermentation and the baking of your braid
  • At the end of the visit, you get your braid, ready to eat

Single braid : Fr. 4.-   Braid 400g : Fr. 7.-

File to prepare your visit


The way of Ti'Grain is a socio-cultural, edited by the Department of Education, Youth and Culture (DFJC)

It has:

  • Practical information
  • Practical information
  • Different stages of the visit with Ti'Grain
  • Questionnaire in 20 steps for students
  • Extend the reflexion, classroom work
  • Practical work

Download here

Waldenses costumes

(1st floor)


For a long time, the members of the cantonal Association of the Waldenses costumes wished to have their house. Having patiently hoarded money during long years, they had to face the facts: of their house, they had only the roof! So, during the creation of La Maison du blé et du pain - having intended in particular to settle down in the former prisons of Moudon, the villa Eiffel to Vevey or the attic of the Castle of Echallens - they took the opportunity to present their traditional costumes on the first floor of the museum challensois.

It was the start of a great adventure, with models created by Gerry Embleton, until the inauguration of the museum, who sealed definitively the close collaboration between La Maison du blé et du pain and the Waldenses costumes.

Today, you find in Echallens all the Waldenses costumes for women and men of the whole canton. You can see how we wear them and how they have to be worn to keep their own value reference.



From 1983, during the television program "La place du marché", a public call was thrown to gather objects and a collection concerning the wheat, the flour, and the bread. Spontaneously, about 200 objects were then confided at la Maison du Blé et du Pain. A collection took shape little by little, established in 90 % of gifts...

Today, these collections grew considerably, and more than 1400 objects are carefully inventoried in an illustrated IT database.

This work was totally realized by volunteers.

The objects that are not exposed are kept in a deposit as well as in the basement of the museum.



A collection of reference books was patiently built.

This library keeps a large number of old and modern documents concerning the themes of the farming, the milling and the bread and pastry shop.

These works can be consulted on the spot (no loan), on request, and are a precious documentation center for the students and every people being interested in the diverse stages that allow the processing of the grain to the bread.

Les Fêtes du Blé et du Pain in Echallens


Texts : Charles Apothéloz
Decor : Jean Monod
Music : Gérald Gorgerat
Choreography : Annelise Cavin


Texts : Emile Gardaz
Music : Patrick Bron
Staging : Gérard Demierre

2008 Grain de Folie

Texts : Bernard Ducarroz
Music : Pierre Huwiler
Staging : Benoît Roche
Artistic direction : Blaise Héritier


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