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 Barou milling
The workshop still in service on Vinzieux, is specialized in the manufacturing of viscose textile. A second workshop, today stopped, can be visited for the most great pleasure of our eyes.
Free to participate. Rate in appreciation of the public. For groups, rate on request.
Throughout the year, on booking only Closed on Friday.
3 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
Group adults: 3 € (Opening on demand for a group. Ask the Tourist Office.).
Every day throughout the year. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Monday to thurday : 2:00 to 6:00 pm Friday : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
7 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.
From 01/01 to 31/12/2018 Adult: 5.50 € Child: 4.20 € Group adults: 5.50 to 6.90 € Group children: 4.20 to 5.50 €. From 01/01 to 31/12/2019 Adult: 5.50 € Child: 4.20 € Group adults: 5.50 to 6.90 € Group children: 4.20 to 5.50 €. Free entry for children < 6 years. Group rate available for > 15 people.
All year round, every Wednesday and Sunday between 2.30 PM and 6 PM. July and August : everyday from 2:30 to 6 pm.
8 Still Museum - Jean-Gauthier Distillery
The "Still Museum" retraces the life of the "bouilleurs de cru", or jobbing distillers, at the period when the right to distill was still handed down from generation to generation.
Free of charge. 2,5€/pers for a group (more than 20 persons) with a free sample bottle.
From 09/01 to 06/30, daily. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th. From 07/01 to 08/31, daily.
9 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.