Le Grand Atelier, Musée d'art et d'industrie
One museum, three spaces
Le Grand Atelier covers more than 3,000 m2 and offers three exhibition spaces:
- Auto Moto Vélo, over two hundred vehicles and objects spanning more than two centuries of the history of a civilisation marked by the "land transport revolution".
- The Manufacture d'armes de Châtellerault, its industrial and social history
- The Cabaret du Chat Noir, created by Châtellerault-born Rodolphe Salis, is an invitation to plunge into the poetic atmosphere of shadow theatre and the ambience of Montmartre at the end of the 19th century.
The history of the site
On the site of the former Manufacture d'Armes de Châtellerault since 1969, the museum occupies part of the assembly and finishing workshop built between 1886 and 1887 to a design by Duglin, an artillery captain. The building (M.H. listed), which is highly functional from an industrial point of view, is made up of large spaces. It is largely lit by large windows and a series of sheds, and opens onto the outside via a monumental façade. The museum's location and architectural quality make it a strong feature of the site as a whole. Originally known as the Musée de la Technique et de l'Automobile, then the Musée Auto Moto Vélo, in 2019 it has taken on a new name after several months of renovation work.
Average duration of the individual visit: 120 min
Average duration of the group visit: 120 min
Groupe accepté à partir de 9 personnes
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