Discover the large industrial history of Annonay, inventors birthplace in the north of Ardèche, through our numerous museums : hot-air balloon and Canson paper mill birthplace, French capital of coaches, city of leather and parchment, Museum of still, bargeman Museum…
1 Parchment and leather museum
Experience a family business listed as a Rare Craft since 2011 and approved as a Living Heritage Business in 2013.
Set price group adults: 50 € Set price group children: 50 € Group adults: 5 € Group children: 5 € Adult: 6 € Teenager: 6 € Child: 4 €. Free entry for children < 5 years. Child entry valid for 5 - 12 years.
Every day throughout the year. Closed monday and tuesday. Wednesday to saturday : 2:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday : 3:00 to 6:00 pm The museum will be open every monday and tuesday on july, august and december from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.
2 Espace Joseph Besset - Wheelwrighting to coachwork museum
Guided tour of 2 sites (900m) telling the story of J. Besset from his wheelwright apprenticeship to car body work and making coaches. Video room, small-scale models, vehicle exhibition. Tour option including museum and Iveco Bus.
Free to participate. Rate in appreciation of the public. For groups, rate on request.
All year round, every mondays, tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays, saturdays and sundays. By reservation only.
8 Bargees' Museum
The museum is inside the Saint-Sornin chapel, a classified monument. It has three main sections: - a collection of recently uncovered religious frescoes - the necropolis church - canal transport and bargee crosses (fixed to the front of the barges).
Ancienne Eglise Saint Sornin Quai Jules Roche Sud 07340 Serrières
Adult: 4 € Group adults: 4 €. Free entry for children < 12 years.
From 01/06 to 17/09. Closed on tuesday. Closed exceptionally on July 14th and August 15th. From 10:00 to 12:00 am and 2:30 to 6:00 pm. On wednesday, the museum will close at 4:00 (guided visits at this time). Visit for a group all the year, on demand.
9 Canson and Montgolfier paper mill Museum
The paper mill museum is in the house where the Montgolfier brothers (inventors of the hot-air balloon) were born. It brings 17th-21st century paper milling to life with machines, demos by guides and more.
As you visit the different rooms, you'll discover collections which retrace the inventions of the Montgolfier and Seguin families, a reconstruction of a typical Vivarais kitchen, a room on local history and a room of sacred art, as well as the works of artists from the region.