Guided tour of the lead and silver mines site (17th-19th centuries)

From 08 July to 25 August (every year)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Location : Centre Nordique



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Explore the mining archeology site with a Savoie Mont-Blanc Country Heritage Guide. Remains of industrial installations: visit of a gallery, foundry, laundromat ... and the Palais de la Mine (French School of Mines from 1802 to 1814).
"Les Monts d'Argent", was the name of the town of Peisey during the French Revolution, testifying to the importance of lead and silver mines, the exploitation of which began under Louis XIV to stop under the 3rd Republic.
During the entire 1st Empire from 1802 to 1814, the French School of Mines was established in Peisey. The "Palais de la Mine", a large building located at the end of a majestic alley of larches (bicentenary), was the seat of the School and then housed a scientific library, laboratories and accommodation for engineering students who were learning to "the art of mining and metallurgy". All around, on a 3 hectare site, in a magnificent natural environment, you can still see the remains of industrial facilities dedicated to the mechanical and metallurgical processing of ore: gallery, laundromat, foundry, etc.
The model of a bocard, installed in the former French School of Mines, allows you to see in motion the technologies used to crush the rock, by hydraulic force.
Thanks to the abundant archives, you will dive into the fascinating history of this curious industrial adventure of yesteryear: the arrival of English industrialists who clash with the interests of the local nobility, the technologies used, the workforce foreign (English, German) and local, the problems posed by hydraulic energy (unavailable in winter), by fuel and deforestation, transport, etc ...
The mine having been sometimes nationalized, sometimes privatized, its history is at the heart of regional history and its hesitations: Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, revolutionary France then Napoleonic, again the Sardinian administration then the Italian unity, and finally the attachment to France.
It is to discover this history, this site and these men, famous scholars or modest peasant miners, that the association Le Palais de la Mine invites you by following the guided and commented visit.
DATE(S)From 08/07 to 25/08, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
In short
  • Event type :
    • Cultural
  • Cultural and artistic :
    • Guided tour
  • Services :
    • Services
  • Sport :
    • Pedestrian sports
    • Winter sports
    • Hiking
    • Snow-shoe
  • Science and technology :
    • Geology
    • Sciences
  • Client profile :
    • Groupe (EN)
Equipment, Services
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome


FaresRates periodMinMax
08/07/2022 - 25/08/2022
AdultA l'année10.00€Plus de 13 ans
Child (8-13 years)A l'année6.00€
Group childrenA l'année18.50€Patrimoine Juniors : Géologie enfants "Les petits Mineurs" Initiation à la géologie, ateliers, visite du site adapté aux enfants. Durée 3h et sur RESERVATION
  • Payment methods :
    • Cheque
    • Chèques Vacances
    • Cash
Event Organizer
Association Le Palais de la Mine
Mob : +33 6 14 94 49 76
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Centre Nordique
Pont Baudin


Pont Baudin
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.528716
Longitude : 6.783766

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