Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale), Arc-et-Senans

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World heritage site · Historic Site · Architectural Building
Built from 1775 to 1779 by visionary architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) now presents cultural projects and permanents exhibits and has rental halls available for private events. You can attend a rotating art exhibition, meet artists-in-residence, and explore the heritage of Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale). It is a semicircular complex with 11 independent buildings surrounded by 15 gardens that you can visit. Three museums on the site include the Claude Nicolas Ledoux museum that displays 60 of the architect's models. The Salt Stories museum explores different aspects of "white gold" (salt) in six rooms, and the Local Memories museum explores the unknown history of the site during its closure from 1895 to the present. Put Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Arc-et-Senans road trip app.
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  • Excellent place to visit to understand more about History of salt and the making of salt. Most explanation are in French but please take a free audio/visual guide for English explanations. Excellent....  more »
  • The buildings are impressive and the layout of the whole place is good, but there is nothing inside the buildings other than photos and some generic information about salt production. There are no...  more »
  • Magnificent UNESCO classified set of buildings with interesting exhibitions.
  • Very well done exhibition but a lot to take in. Don't miss the room where pictures turn from day to night to day again. Gardens are also interesting. Sadly no cafe open in October, but a bar-restaurant is on the opposite corner.

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