The Electropolis Museum “the adventure of electricity” is with its 4,000 m2, the most important museum in Europe of the history of electricity and household appliances located in Mulhouse in the Dornach district (Haut-Rhin department, in the Grand Est region of France).

Founded in 1992 next to the Cité du train, and close to the Cité de l’automobile, it is labeled by the Musée de France.

The museum was created, among other things, thanks to the sponsorship of EDF to save the centerpiece of the exhibition from destruction: a 1901 generator (steam engine coupled to a Sulzer-BBC alternator), a jewel of technical heritage and Mulhouse industrialism.

This “large machine” 15 m long, 170 tons of cast iron, steel and copper, whose wheel measures 6 m in diameter, supplied electricity with a power of 900 kilowatts for a voltage of 400 volts, the spinning historic industrial textile D.M.C of Mulhouse between 1901 and 1947.

A witness to the era of the first universal exhibitions, it required 20,000 hours of restoration to function again every day during spectacular multimedia sound and light displays.

The museum traces the history of electricity, from the lightning of Antiquity, to the experiments on electricity of the 17th and 18th centuries, to the industrial revolution of the end of the 19th century, to the electrical domestic comfort of today, through exhibitions of collections of historical objects, retrospectives of pioneering inventors including Benjamin Franklin, André-Marie Ampère, Alessandro Volta, Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi…

The collections of the Electropolis Museum include more than 12,000 objects, a thousand of which are on permanent exhibition.

The museum’s important center of documentary funds, posters, technical and commercial archives constitutes the richest library in France in this field.

Address: 55 Rue du Pâturage, 68200 Mulhouse, France

Hours:

Sunday 10 AM–6 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10 AM–6 PM
Wednesday 10 AM–6 PM
Thursday 10 AM–6 PM
Friday 10 AM–6 PM
Saturday 10 AM–6 PM

Phone: +33 3 89 32 48 50

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 4 hr 43 min (535 km) via A6 and A36

From Strasbourg: 1 hr 15 min (119 km) via A35

From Lyon: 3 hr 30 min (380 km) via A6 and A36

From Marseille: 6 hr 33 min (687 km) via A7 and A36

From Monaco: 7 hr 51 min (868 km) via A7 and A36

From Andorra: 9 hr 50 min (1,039 km) via A36

From Madrid: 14 hr 12 min (1,540 km) via A89

From Moscow: 28 hr (2,604 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 13 hr 14 min (1,416 km)via E70 and A8

From Istanbul: 23 hr 47 min (2,318 km) via E70

From Bern: 1 hr 33 min (136 km) via A1 and A2

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