• Cultural

Guided tour of the lead and silver mines site (17th-19th centuries)

Explore the mining archeology site with a Savoie Mont-Blanc Country Heritage Guide. Remains of industrial installations: visit of a gallery, foundry, laundromat ... and the Palais de la Mine (French School of Mines from 1802 to 1814).

Cultural Guided tour of the lead and silver mines site (17th-19th centuries) Peisey-Nancroix


On Thursday 11 July 2024
Peisey-Nancroix (73210)
Animals allowed

"Les Monts d'Argent", was the name of the town of Peisey during the French Revolution, testifying to the importance of lead and silver mines, the exploitation of which began under Louis XIV to stop under the 3rd Republic.
During the entire 1st Empire from 1802 to 1814, the French School of Mines was established in Peisey. The "Palais de la Mine", a large building located at the end of a majestic alley of larches (bicentenary), was the seat of the School and then housed a scientific library, laboratories and accommodation for engineering students who were learning to "the art of mining and metallurgy". All around, on a 3 hectare site, in a magnificent natural environment, you can still see the remains of industrial facilities dedicated to the mechanical and metallurgical processing of ore: gallery, laundromat, foundry, etc.
The model of a bocard, installed in the former French School of Mines, allows you to see in motion the technologies used to crush the rock, by hydraulic force.
Thanks to the abundant archives, you will dive into the fascinating history of this curious industrial adventure of yesteryear: the arrival of English industrialists who clash with the interests of the local nobility, the technologies used, the workforce foreign (English, German) and local, the problems posed by hydraulic energy (unavailable in winter), by fuel and deforestation, transport, etc ...
The mine having been sometimes nationalized, sometimes privatized, its history is at the heart of regional history and its hesitations: Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, revolutionary France then Napoleonic, again the Sardinian administration then the Italian unity, and finally the attachment to France.
It is to discover this history, this site and these men, famous scholars or modest peasant miners, that the association Le Palais de la Mine invites you by following the guided and commented visit.

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    Adult: 10.50 €, Child : 6.50 €, Group children : 19 €.

    Free entry for children < 8 years.
    Child entry valid for 8 - 13 years.

    Methods of payment accepted : Check, Travellers Cheque, Cash


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : English, French
    Languages of documentation : French

    Bring warm clothing for the gallery visit and a flashlight if possible.
    The site is at an altitude of 1500 m, forest trail, fresh. Bring non-slip shoes.
    The visit being largely outside, an umbrella is recommended in rainy weather.


    From 11/07 to 27/08/2024, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    At 2.30pm
    Preferably by calling 06 14 94 49 76 or on site if available.

    • Pets welcome


    Centre Nordique Pont Baudin 73210 Peisey-Nancroix

    Direction Rosuel, 1 km after Nancroix: 2 car parks (forest acrobatic park or equestrian center), the start of tours is at the Nordic Center, between the two restaurants.

    Information update on 14/05/2024 by Office de Tourisme de Peisey Vallandry