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. You will plunge into industrial tourism and the history of the workers.

THE TARN FALLS: A UNIQUE SITE

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 during 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 more than 7kms away. Moreover, certain parts of the famous ‘Le France’ boat were moulded at the Tarn Falls. There is so much more to discover in the museum...

 

AN INTERACTIVE VISIT / EVENT

Videos, animated models, demonstrations, audio and light shows are displayed throughout the visit. For example, a 23m long model of the site demonstrates the spectacular Tarn floods. A guided tour of around 1hr 30mins, which will appeal to both old and young, is available during 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. There is an annual programme and the events are free. Ask for the programme! 

VISIT THE ELECTRICITY PLANT

For those interested in "clean energy", a tour of the electricity plant is a must! Since its 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

  • 1st April - 15th November (every day): 2:00pm - 6:00pm.
  • July - August (every day): 2:00pm - 7:00pm.
  • Closed on Saturdays.
  • Annual closure: 16th November - 31st March inluding 1st May & 1st November.

Entrance fees

A guided tour is included in the entrance fee - please note that the tour is in French (July and August) at 2:30pm each day:

  • Adult: 6.00€
  • Albi City pass: 3.50€
  • Children (under 18): 2.50€
  • Student/Unemployed: 3.50€
  • Free for under 10 year olds

Free visits

  • Adult: 5.00€
  • Albi City pass: 3.50€
  • Children (under 18): 2.00€
  • Student/Unemployed: 3.00€
  • Free for under 10 year olds