Used at first as a hunting and war weapon, the bow is present on all continents. 


The golden age of archery in Europe is certainly the Middle Ages where English archers use the longbow during the Hundred Years’ War. After that, during the 16th century, the bow and crossbow lose their military role. Nevertheless, the practice of archery remains in traditional companies that are still active today. Throughout the centuries, it also gradually becomes a sport, which appears for the first time during the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris before becoming a real Olympic discipline from 1972 onwards. 


The museum’s collections, unique in Europe, discuss the multiple uses of archery, from the craftsmanship of bow makers to the technological progress that archers have benefited from. 


Hunting weapon, war weapon

Ethnological archery

The traditions of archery

The sport of archery