Musée de la Mine de Blanzy

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Location: Blanzy
Open: 16-MAR to JUN Sat, Sun, Hol 14-17.
JUL to AUG daily 14-17.
SEP to 11-NOV Sat, Sun, Hol 14-17.
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (10-18) EUR 2.50, Children (0-9) free.
Groups (15+) Adults EUR 3.20, School Pupils EUR 2.40.
Classification:  Coal Mine
Light: electric.
Guided tours: D=2h, V=13,000/a[2008].
Address: Association La Mine Et Les Hommes, 34 rue du Bois Clair, 71450 Blanzy, Tel: +33-385-682285, Fax: +33-385-681665. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:54:35 $


1761mine operated by François de la Chaise.
1776mine operated by Roettier de la Tour.
1777mine operated by Desgrange-Happey-Joly et Cie.
1779mine operated by Renard et Cie.
1782mine operated by François de la Chaise again.
1786mine operated by the royal foundry of Montcenis.
1789during the French Evolution operated by Pourtalès-Perret-Desplaces et Cie.
1818mine operated by Jules Chagot.
1826mine operated by Chagot-Bassano-Perret.
1856mine operated by Compagnie des Mines de Houille de Blanzy Chagot et Cie.
1882Saint-Claude shaft closed.
1900mine operated by Société Anonyme des Houillères de Blanzy.
1946with the décret de nationalisation all coal mines are nationalized, mines of the Loire are managed by the Société des Houillères du Bassin de Blanzy.
1969all coal managements of central and south France are merged.
1970abandoned machinery collected by the mines and the city for the future museum.
1978museum opened to the public under the name Écomusée Creusot-Montceau.
1981headframe relocated to this place from the Pré Long mine at Montceau-les-Mines.
1982engine room built and hoist installed.
1983railroad tracks laid.
1987entrance building completed.
1988underground tour opened.
1992underground mining in the area ends.
2000surface operation ends.



The Musée de la Mine de Blanzy is dedicated to the coal mining of the Loire basin. The sedimentary rocks here have coal seams which were mined underground. The museum offers the renovated surface buildings and the headframe of the former puit Saint-Claude (Saint-Claude shaft).

The underground tour starts with an elevator ride into the mine, a ride on the mine train for several hundred meters, and a walk through the mine. The tunnels are equipped like a typical working mine, with tools and machinery and the contemporary lining. The different departments of the underground museum start with the 1960s mining technology and go back to the early days of the min.

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