2 Place Louis Comte
Tel: +33 4 77 49 73 00
PARIS, Oct 15, 2010 / — Exceptionally located, at the heart of Saint-Etienne, the Musée d’Art et
d’Industrie, renovated in 2001 by Jean-Michel Wilmotte and bearing a Musée de France label, presents the greatest technical collection in the Rhône-Alpes region: around arms, cycles and ribbons.
An original museography, both lively and interactive, presents collections of international significance which tell the story of Saint-Etienne city of arms, bicycles and ribbon. Surprisingly, this heritage also serves to highlight the current technical and industrial abundance of the city.
From the very first firearms to the most contemporary of weapons for hunting and war, the museum collection -enriched by the deposit of standard issue weapons from the Manufacture Nationale, testifies to the creativity of Saint-Etienne armorers and foreign producers. You can also explore the times of knights in shining armour or contemporary assault rifles!
In 1886, the first French bicycle was manufactured in Saint-Etienne, the founding act of an industry which was set to gain international renown, thanks in particular to Manufrance products. Through these collections, the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie testifies to the historical and technical development of this means of transport.
As the main creative centre for ribbon, Saint-Etienne includes in its museum the biggest collection of ribbon in the world, as well as machines, accessories, tools and furnishings that are representative of this traditional savoir-faire and unusual professional environment.
The Temporary Exhibitions
These exhibitions enable deeper understanding of collection themes, to show pieces which cannot stay on permanent display, or to highlight particular points having a connection with current events – as befits our status as a museum of society.
An Innovative Mediation Policy
The mediation service offers a wide range of services suited to each category of the public: various forms of display are used, in the arms, cycle and ribbon sections, to respond to the needs of a public drawn from different groups -knowledgeable connoisseurs and neophytes, Stephanois and outsiders, families and individuals.
Numerous information panels and multimedia devices are in place, in addition to the personalized reception offered by the mediation team. personalized reception offered by the mediation team.
The Musée d’Art et d’Industrie also makes its mark via a policy of publishing scientific catalogues to accompany the temporary exhibitions, and publishes lavishly-illustrated reference works related to its permanent collections.
- Open every day, from the 20th of november until the 5th of December, from 10 am
to 6 pm.
(closed on Tuesdays from 4th of December and on the 1st of November, the 25th December and the 1st of January).
- For groups, a booking must imperatively be made 3 weeks in advance.
- Unsupervised visit, full price: 4,50 € / Concessionary price: 3,80 €.
- Free for children under 12 years old and each first sunday of each month.
- Guided tour, full price: 6,00 € / Concessionary price: 4,50 €.
- For groups, from 10 persons: 5,20 € per person. Booking service: Tel: +33 4 77 49 73 20.
- Free entry (unsupervised visit or guided tour) on the first Sunday of every month for all.
Boutique – Bookshop.