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Palais de la Mine

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Les Monts d'Argent was the name of the municipality of Peisey during the French Revolution, reflecting the importance of the lead and silver mines

Historic site and monument Palais de la Mine Peisey-Vallandry


Peisey-Vallandry (73210)
Animals allowed
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request
Average duration of an individual visit : 02h30

Discovered in 1644, the vein of galena (silver lead sulphide) was exploited until 1866.
Throughout the 1st Empire from 1802 to 1814, the Ecole Française des Mines was based in Peisey.
It trained 70 engineers before being transferred to Paris to become the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines.
Located in Pont-Baudin, the Monts d'Argent site has a museum trail along which you will find reading panels explaining the history of the exploitation of these lead-silver mines, and the importance they had on the history of the Peisey-Nancroix valley.
In the open air, you will have the chance to see the remains of the various installations that allowed the extraction, washing and smelting of the ore extracted in particular from the St-Victor gallery, the tomb of the knight Rosenberg who is buried on the site of the mines, as well as the "Palais de la mine", in reality a building where the student engineers were housed, situated at the end of a magnificent alley of larch trees, on a 3 hectare site, in a grandiose natural environment.

The museum trail is freely accessible all year round.

Guided tours are offered on request by the Mine Palace Association from May to November.

In July and August: 12/07/2022 to 25/08/2022

- Guided tours of the remains of the industrial installations, gallery, extraction techniques and ore processing.
Date and time: Tuesday - Wednesday and Thursday 2.30 pm (2.30 hours) on reservation (without reservation if place available directly at the Palais de la Mine)

- Children's animation "les petits mineurs": introduction to geology, discovery of rocks, from ore to metal.
Date and time: Thursday 9am (3h) on reservation

RESERVATIONS at 06 14 94 49 76.

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    Free entry for children < 8 years.

    Activity for little minors: € 19 / child
    Guided tour of the Silver mines : € 10,5 / adult - € 6,5 / child (8-13 years)
    Free for children under 8.

    Methods of payment accepted : Check, Cash, Travellers Cheque


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : English, French
    Languages of documentation : French
    Languages visits : English, French
    Languages informatives signs : French

    - Provide snowshoes in winter for the site visit, less easy to access than during the summer.

    Animals accepted but kept on a leash


    All year round, daily.
    Guided tours from May to November
    Preferably by calling 06 14 94 49 76 or on site if available.

    Labels and rating

    19th C
    17th C
    Classified at the monuments and historic sites

    • Pets welcome
    • Car park
    • Coach parking
    • Parking
    • Picnic area


    Pont Baudin Nancroix 73210 Peisey-Vallandry

    Pont Baudin (direction Rosuel, 1 km from Nancroix).
    Follow the alley of larches that lead to the site.

    Information update on 11/07/2023 by Office de Tourisme de Peisey Vallandry