L’Atelier de l’eau

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  • L’Atelier de l’eau

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18 rue de la Paix
73160 Cognin
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Close to bus lines D and 16 (stop "Cognin Centre"). More information on synchro.grandchambery.fr.


04 79 33 06 82


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Explore the "factory canal" and the wonderful ingenuity people have used to transform water into a source of energy. Then plunge into the heart of the water cycle and its different uses. Visit an old vegetable oil mill. Video projection room.

Cognin has know a rich industrial past, organised around the "Canal des Usines" drifted from the "Hyères". This canal, today preserved and promoted is still the witness of a thriving activity, base on the utilisation of water as motive force. To give all its sense to this canal save, the town has rehabilitated the "filiature Thomas", who preserve a bucket wheel in "Water Workshop".

Outside, a "water fountain" reproduce in miniature the "Canal des Usines" which was going through the village.
A the ground floor of the building, a mill reconstituted will show you all the secrets of oil making.
At the first floor of the building : 4 rooms of discovers and experimentations on different thematic :

- Story of the canal of the factories of the filature Thomas
- Water and its use as motive force.
- Water in the world of Renewable energies.

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Interpretation Centre


From 04/02 to 01/12/2023, every Saturday.
Closed exceptionally on Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st and November 11th.

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Pets welcome


Adult: 4.20 €
Child: 2.70 €
Group adults: 3.40 €
Group children: 2.10 €.

Group rate available for > 10 people.

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