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English tour

Welcome to the Espace Alu, a museum dedicated to the era of aluminium in the Alps, situated in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, in the heart of the Maurienne valley, where aluminium was first industrialized at the end of the 19th century! This fascinating visit will teach you all there is to know about aluminium through scale models, experiences, games, films and collector’s items!

Along the museum’s 600m² of exhibits, you can see:
  • On the ground floor: the history of the Maurienne and why the aluminium factories were built in this valley
  • On the first floor: the discovery of aluminium and how it is manufactured, from the ore to the finished article
  • On the second floor: the evolution of work conditions in the factories and the implications of aluminium on the environment and health.
When you finish your visit, come and enjoy having a look around the museum shop where you will find original and unusual aluminium objects as well as books.
A guided tour of the museum is available in English.

Opening hours 2018

  • From February 10th to July 7th, from September 3rd to November 3rd and from December 22nd to January 5th 2020: daily 2 – 6pm, except Monday and Saturday.
  • From July 8th to August 31th: every day 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 7pm.
  • Annual closing: From January 7th to February 9th and from November 4th to December 21st. 1st May, 20th May, 25th December and 1st January .

Prices 2019

Unguided visit (1½ hr approx)
  • Adult / Senior citizens: 8€
  • Reduced price (students, unemployed, disabled persons, discount cards, groups of 10 people minimum): 6€
  • Children (7 – 18yrs): 4€
  • Under 7 years: free
  • Familly Pass' (1 adult + 2 children): 12€
  • Familly Pass' (2 adults + 2 children): 20€

Getting there

Espace Alu - Place de l’église 73140 Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne

From the motorway: A43, exit 29, St Michel de Maurienne
By road: D 1006
By train: Lyon-Chambéry-Modane route – get out at St Michel-Valloire station

Car park:
  • 50m from the museum, just behind the church
  • if that car park is full, there is more parking 5 minutes walk away at the bottom of the town. Follow the marked path through the old town
Disabled parking and coach set down in front of the museum
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Place de l'église

73140 Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne

04 79 56 69 59

L'Espace Alu recherche des guides bénévoles pour renforcer son équipe de 3 salariées et de 7 bénévoles.

Du 7 janvier au 9 février, l'Espace Alu est fermé au grand public. Il reste ouvert aux groupes et scolaires sur réservation. Réouverture le 10 février prochain !