Maison Berges

In the 19th century hydraulic energy transformed industry in the Alps, and particularly that of the Grésivaudan valley and the area around Allevard-les-Bains, with the development of the paper industry.

Aristide Bergès

Arriving in the Grésivaudan valley in 1867, this industrialist and engineer initially set up a wood grating mill, using the force of a torrent channelled into a 200-metre-long penstock. In 1882, he used this hydraulic energy, which he managed to channel into a 500-metre pipe, to set up his paper mill in Lancey. It was then that white coal began to flourish. As a result, he settled with his family in the house that now houses the White Coal Museum – Maison Bergès.

A varied museum

Leaving Allevard-les-Bains to go to the White Coal Museum – Maison Bergès will be an excellent idea for a visit. In an environment combining art nouveau and symbolism with industrial souvenirs, images of the Bergès family and industrial objects can be seen there. Young and old alike will be able to treat themselves to a real journey into a scientific and technical world, with workshops for children and an educational room.


A park and temporary exhibitions

In addition to the museum’s collections, you can also enjoy the beauty of the park’s wide grounds for a rural walk around Allevard-les-Bains.

In addition to the archives, photographs and other objects related to the Bergès family, hydroelectricity and art nouveau, Alfons Mucha in particular, there are also temporary exhibitions. An excellent reason to leave Allevard-les-Bains is to visit the Musée de la Houille blanche, Maison Bergès.


About thirty minutes from Allevard-les-Bains, discover the Maison Berges in Villard-Bonnot and set off to discover the industrial secrets of the Grésivaudan Valley.