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MuséeThe museum of Old Saint-Etienne

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À propos du musée

Our museum dedicated to the history of the city of Saint-Etienne is located in a beautiful town house from the seventeenth century. It was built between the yard and the garden. We chose a chronological presentation starting in the medieval period of the town and ending at the great Industrial Revolution period in the nineteenth century.
This presentation allows the visitor to understand the atypical development of the first French industrial city.

The city memories are told through paintings, pictures, a model of Saint-Etienne in 1445, a city map and also one of the oldest train ticket in the world.

Our museum is managed by volunteers of the « Histoire et patrimoine » association with the financial and scientific support of the City Hall.

The house was built in 1658 for Claude Jullien-Chomat and his wife Madeleine de Thomas de Forcieu de Rochetaillée. Now the building belongs to the city of Saint-Etienne and hostes our museum since 1932.

The building is protected by a French label as an « historical building » (Monument Historique) since 1967.
One of its particularity is the wooden coffered ceilings on the first floor named « plafonds à caissons à fougères » (fougère meaning fern). The way they are made is typical from Saint-Etienne and the Forez area.

Version 12.2016.

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  • AJ

    2 out of 5 rating 07-05-2017

    nice tour but the audio (text to speech) is unbearable to listen to.

  • Nicolas

    4 out of 5 rating 02-18-2017

    accueil agréable, quelques belles pièces notamment une très belle vitrine...

  • pascal

    4 out of 5 rating 03-19-2016

    des commentaires qui complètent très utilement les panneaux. une très bonne idée, pour comprendre l'histoire originale de cette ville atypique. bravo

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