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 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 to participate. Rate in appreciation of the public. For groups, rate on request.
Every day throughout the year. Closed on Friday. By reservation only. Canceled or closed because of Covid-19.
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
Adult: 4 € Group adults: 4 €. Free entry for children < 12 years.
From 04/07 to 15/09. Closed on Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on bank holidays. From 10:00 to 12:00 am and 2:30 to 6:00 pm. Visit for a group all the year, on demand.
4 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.
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, the drivers. 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.
5 Cité du Chocolat Valrhona
Although chocolate is a product appreciated by all, its mysteries still have to be discovered. It is to unveil what is hidden within a square of chocolate that Valrhona decided to create the "City of Chocolate".
An interactive and multi-sensory discovery area. Valrhona's expertise will be available to everybody with the emphasis on entertainment, education and how to tickle taste buds, which will allow gourmets and professionals to explore, admire, listen, touch, smell and mainly taste chocolate in all its forms. A first floor has opened including a full-chocolate restaurant, a pastry laboratory to experience by yourself but also a space dedicated to craftsworkers from the chocolate sphere and to Valrhona history. Chocolate shop and tickets for the visit and workshops online: www.citeduchocolat.com
12 avenue du Président Roosevelt 26600 Tain-l'Hermitage
Adult: 9 to 10.50 € Child (5-12 years): 7.50 to 8.50 € Student: 8.50 to 9.50 € Job seeker: 8.50 to 9.50 € Large family: 31 to 34 €. Free entry for children < 5 years. Group rate available for > 20 people. Yearly pass : adults €25 / children €20 : unlimited access to the discovery tour of the Cité du Chocolat, 10% outlet on the discovery and pastry workshops, 10% outlet at the restaurant "Comptoir Porcelana".
From 01/01 to 29/02/2020, daily. Closed exceptionally on 13/01, 14/01, 15/01, 16/01, 17/01, 18/01, 19/01 and bank holidays. Exceptionnally close to january the 19th. From 17/06 to 05/07/2020, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From 06/07 to 31/08/2020. Closed on Sunday. From 02/11/2020 to 28/02/2021, daily. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.
6 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.
All year round, daily. Ask the Tourist Information Office to visit this monument.
7 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.