The Museum of the Tarn Falls

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The Museum of the Tarn falls is located in the former Saint-Juéry metallurgical plant, a few kilometres upstream from Albi, in a natural site. You will plunge into industrial tourism, and the history of these men.


While following the Tarn upstream towards the Valley of the Tarn and its meanders, the rocky chaos of the Tarn Falls appears, with its 20 metre-high waterfall. The museum is located in the heart of the factory's first hydroelectric plant, in a building listed as a historic monument. Former workers of the metallurgical plant created this space in 1995, which gives an introduction to the industrial story of the site in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Tarn Falls plant, called La Fabrique, is one of the few companies in France to have tested the majority of steel fabrication techniques. Its products, known under the brands TALABOT and SDT, have achieved worldwide renown.

Did you know that the Tarn Falls factory employed up to 3800 workers in 1917? As a consequence, the sound of hammering could be heard in Cagnac-les-Mines, which is located at more than 7 kilometers. Besides, certain parts of the famous ‘Le France’ boat were moulded at the Tarn Falls. And there is so much more to discover in the museum...



Videos, animated models, demonstrations, audio and light shows are displayed throughout the visit. For example, a 23 metre long model of the site demonstrates the spectacular Tarn floods. A guided tour of around 1hr 30mins, which will appeal to a wide audience and families, is available in July and August. It describes the workers’ living and working conditions. Dance and theatre shows, films, conferences, stories and contemporary art are regularly staged on this site. An annual programme is in place, and the events are free. Ask for the programme! 


On a tour of the electricity plant you can discover the performance and the interest in this clean energy. Since the opening in 1990, the ‘Saut de Sabo’ plant has an output of 30,000 Kw, which is equivalent to the town of Albi’s consumption.


Opening hours

  • From 1st April until 15th November: every day from 2:00pm - 6:00pm, 7:00pm in July and August
  • Closed on Saturdays
  • Annual closure: from 16th November until 31st March, 1st May, 1st November

Entrance fees

Guided tour (July and August) 2:30pm each day:

  • Adult: €5.00
  • Albi City pass: €3.50
  • Child (under 18): €2.50
  • Student/Unemployed: €3.50
  • Free for under 10

Open visit

  • Adult: €4.00
  • Albi City pass: €3.50
  • Child (under 18): €2.00
  • Student/Unemployed: €3.00
  • Free for under 10