Les Forges des Pyrénées

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 06:00 pm

Opens Sunday at 10:00 am

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Useful information

Location : In the countryside

Province : Ariège - Foix and the countryside

  • English
    •  In the heart of the Forges de Pyrène village, the smell of bread, the sound of the anvil, the hammer and the school bell will tell you about the history of the Pyrenees. During animated workshops, the mediators will amaze, make you remember and rediscover the richness of a bygone era.

      Among these workshops is the only hammer forge, classified as a historical monument since 1987. The hammer, operated by a water mill, is one of the very last still in use in France.

      The museum area and its collection of more than 5,000 tools invite you to discover the secrets of old trades. From the most well-known to the most unusual, the trades are presented and grouped into several themes: itinerant trades, agriculture and animal husbandry, domestic life, housing and clothing.

      The iron museum plunges visitors to the Forges de Pyrène into the atmosphere of the great iron epic in Ariège, accompanied by Anatole, an engineer and scholar of his time, and the main theme of the animation. Architectural evolution, technical principles, historical documents, film sequence... Everything is done to enable you to understand the highlights of this real human epic.

      Discover also the beautiful and moving story of Baptistou in the "Ages of Life". Baptistou, a grandfather from the Ariège, nostalgically tells his great-granddaughter, Marion, the story of his life in the Ariège in the 1900s. Animated stage show.



      Prices :

      Junior ticket (5 to 17 years old) : 6,80€.
      Adult admission : €10.20
      Family pass (2 adults + 2 children) : 32€.
      Free of charge : - under 5 years old
      Students : €8.00
      Group : contact us

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Traveller Reviews Les Forges des Pyrénées

4.4 sur 5 1157 reviews

  • Luc Loosvelt

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Luc Loosvelt on 17/09/2021

    Great place to eat, especially in summer on the terrace

  • Trisha Kelly

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Trisha Kelly on 19/09/2021

    This is a great place to visit. The museum is interesting and you can go back to school and write your name in script from 1904 with pens and ink based on that time. Then onto the forge to see how the metal was worked and the noise it produced. Finally a walk though time following a death and a marriage and a birth during the 20th century. Very well managed and run by the staff. There is a bistro there where we had a large meal! Salad, cassoulet and blueberry tart. We were part of a group so it is probably best to check on activities mentioned to see if you need to book.

  • Fabricio Russo

    3 sur 5 Reviews posted by Fabricio Russo on 22/07/2019

    There are no English translations. I thought it was bigger. The restaurant was permanently closed. This should be changed quickly. Otherwise it is already very lovingly designed.

Traveller Reviews Les Forges des Pyrénées

4.5 sur 5 354 reviews

  • "Great museum"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by silvio b (Valletta, Malta) on 15/09/2019

    Wonderful time a big thanks to the water powered forge operator and the blacksmith who after a whole explanation in french had the time for my family in English. PLEASE at least inside the museum...

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  • "Interesting and Educational"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Ian L (Newbury, United Kingdom) on 13/07/2019

    We arrived mid-afternoon and unfortunately didn't really have enough time to visit everything and experience all the exhibitions. You really need a good half-day. Lots of the demonstrations occur at...

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  • "Lots of fun activities here, all in French"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Jeff B (Snohomish, Washington) on 16/04/2019

    We enjoyed our day at Les Forges. It would have been better if we spoke French but it was still worth it. The working forge powered by water was really cool and the kids also enjoyed the old...

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Les Forges des Pyrénées

Address

Avenue de Paris
09330 Montgailhard

GPS coordinates

42° 56'21.99"N, 1° 37'50.12"E

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