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

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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. A visit to Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (La Saline Royale) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Arc-et-Senans tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful site to see in family tracing the history of Salinas and his architect. Allow at least 2 hours to really see everything
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  • August 17, 2017
    Take the tickets with a guide, good explanations in the key. Visit the room with models... beautiful! A remake
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  • August 17, 2017
    I wanted for some time to stop at the Saline Royale, but didn't spend as much time. The architecture of the site is remarkable and the exhibition on its creator - Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (unfairly ' forgotten' by the Revolution) - exciting. What avant-garde! Let's not forget the original purpose of the site: salt. Here too, a very rich educational background. Ah, if our industrial & commercial areas were also well thoughts & clean... Finally, the temporary exhibition on Hergé and Tintin is welcome.
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  • September 4, 2017
    A curious and strange subject for a museum, but definitely worth an hour or two. Tintin expo in the garden was wonderful.
  • August 5, 2017
    Beautiful gardens and building. The hotel has amazing food they source from their gardens and nearby towns.
  • May 2, 2017
    Interesting stories about the history of salt. The architecture is quite interesting, also the gardens. The Hergé exhibition is brilliant, if you like that sort of thing.
  • January 29, 2017
    Beautiful and so calm place. The views are so cool. I was here because of one concert of David Gilmour and was a fantastic experience in this place. I totally would like to visit the place but due to the concert it was closed, I just can apreciate the fields.
  • July 27, 2016
    The place itself is pretty nice and accessible by regional train, but I like it because of the concert that I attended there. But if you're in a surrounding city and you have free time on your hand, this place is worth the visit.

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