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Électrodrome

Museum, Arts and culture, Craft/Artisanat, Private museum in Magnet
6 Full-fare
  • The ÉLECTRODROME museum-conservatory traces the far-reaching changes brought about by the technological applications of electricity in our everyday lives. The many collections on display contribute to the center's reputation.

  • Set in an industrial building, the Electrodrome conservatory presents the history of electrification. Its guides recount the genesis of the many objects in the museum and describe the impact on daily life when the Electricity Fairy arrived in one of France's first electrified villages.

    Twenty minutes from Vichy, the village of Magnet, home to the ELECTRODROME, was chosen for two national experiments, in 1939 and 1952. The loan of household appliances and electrified mechanical aids for...
    Set in an industrial building, the Electrodrome conservatory presents the history of electrification. Its guides recount the genesis of the many objects in the museum and describe the impact on daily life when the Electricity Fairy arrived in one of France's first electrified villages.

    Twenty minutes from Vichy, the village of Magnet, home to the ELECTRODROME, was chosen for two national experiments, in 1939 and 1952. The loan of household appliances and electrified mechanical aids for farmers and craftsmen demonstrated the economic importance of increasing electricity consumption as a driving force in rural areas. The results of these experiments provided conclusive information that led to the expansion and densification of the network and lines. The first household art fairs established the use of electricity in everyday life, in both town and country. Electricity has become a cornerstone of modern civilization.

    As the only industrial archaeology center dedicated to the history of rural electrification in Central France, the conservatory retraces this evolution and raises awareness of the progress made over the last century. Over 1,500 objects and electrical appliances are on display, some of them quite unusual. The oldest date from the 1860s, the most recent from the 1980s (end of the Trente Glorieuses). The appliances are grouped into different themes: household appliances, sound and image broadcasting, lighting, measuring electricity consumption, medical devices, and technological applications for agriculture and crafts. A ninth theme has just been finalized to complete the collections. It includes printing and office equipment, as well as early examples of computer hardware. Last but not least, the highlight of the collection devoted to an industrial archaeology focused on electricity is the large Sulzer/Gramme generator built in 1932. Free access to the library allows on-site consultation.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Groups (Max capacity)
    • 50  Maximum number of people
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
    • Reception desk between 70-80 cm high
    • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
    • Site, building totally accessible
    • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
  • Activities
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Activity
  • Equipment
    • Public WC
    • Meeting room
    • Private parking
    • Car park
    • Coach parking
    • Film room
    • Sustainable development
    • Photovoltaic panel
    • Play area
    • Picnic area
    • Book shop
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
    • Coach access
    • Shop
    • Guided tours
Rates
Payment methods
  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Rates 2024
  • Full price
    6 €
  • Reduced price
    4 €
  • Group adults
    4 €
  • Group children
    4 €
Openings
Openings
  • All year 2024
    Open Everyday
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