Muses des Techniques

Museum of Iron and Railway
 1337 Vallorbe

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Museum of Iron and Railway

Steeped in History
in perpetual motion !
Since 1495, the ''Grandes Forges'' has been the fire burning at the heart of Vallorbe, contributing greatly to the wealth of the town.

Classed a historic monument, this exceptional location has housed a museum dedicated to the ironwork industry and railways, since 1980 (both of which have played a crucial role in the development of the town).

To this day, Vallorbe rightfully holds the title ''Cité de Fer'' thanks to the metalwork factory, world leaders in the field of precision files.

The Grandes Forges

On first visiting the ironworks the picturesque charm of the medieval quarter of Vallorbe is immediately captivating. Drawing closer...attention is quickly diverted by the four magnificent water wheels supplying energy to the workshop machinery. The ancient working forge is the central attraction...mysterious, atmospheric, a scene from times gone by. The dexterity and imagination of the blacksmiths both delight and fascinate.

An audio-visual presentation of the history of iron... videos and the superb museum collections, reveal the beauty of the ancient professional crafts of Vallorbe.

Rail Magic

On the second floor the entire saga of the Simplon Railway Line is told by multi-image presentation on a large cinema screen (in French, German and English). On the second and third floors models scale HO and rail memorabilia are on display. You can also play stationmaster with the collection of working, remote controlled, historical models, scale 'O' on an impressive 277m of track.

Musée du fer et du chemin de fer
Rue des Grandes Forges 11
Tel. 00 41 (0)21 843 25 83
Fax. 00 41 (0)21 843 22 62
E-mail :
Opening times
  • Blacksmiths at work daily from April to October (Can also be arranged by special request during the remainder of the year)
  • April to October (including holidays)
Monday : 2 pm-6 pm, tuesday-sunday : 10 am-6 pm
  • November to March : tuesday-friday : 2 pm-6 pm
Groups and school classes (minimum 12 people) 
  • Available each day. Reservation only. Contact Tourist Information Tel : 41 (0)21 843 25 83
Entrance Fees
  • Adult : CHF 12.- / 9Eur
  • Child : CHF 6.- /4,40Eur
  • AVS/Disabled/Students : CHF 10.-/ 7,30Eur
  • Family Card (2 adults 1 or more children) : CHF 27.- / 20Eur

Group (min. 12 people)
  • Adult : CHF 10.- / 7,30Eur
  • Children : CHF 5.-/ 3,60Eur
  • Student or Apprentice : CHF 8.- / 5,80Eur
  • Guided Tour : an additional fee of CHF 50.-/ 36Eur
Nearby places to visit
Pré-Giroud military fort, juraparc and Vallorbe caves.