You can now come and explore Bollène’s historic hydroelectric power plant on the Rhone river! This masterpiece of industrial architecture was one of the last massive infrastructure projects to be built in post-war France. Commissioned in 1952, it boasts a gigantic turbine hall bathed in light through the geometric lattice of openings in its imposing Art Deco facade. Both are listed as Historic Monuments and can be visited during the newly launched 2-hour tour. - Practical info: VERY IMPORTANT: Visitors must reserve in advance: 0033(0)4 90 15 99 65 - Opening days and hours: from 10 am to 6 pm, every day, depending on availability, from 1 April to 31 October - Wear comfortable clothes and closed shoes, such as trainers/sneakers (mandatory).
1130 promenade Léon Perrier
Guided tour only and strictly on reservation at 00 33 (4) 90 15 99 65 -
Visits are only accessible to children from 8 years old
Duration of the visit: 2 hours
For individuals: open from mid-March to the end of October, weekdays and weekends depending on available visit slots
Coming to Bollène, the visitor will dive into the extraordinary history of this development. He will discover the gigantism and the high technicality of the installations, as well as the competence of the men and women who ensure the production while guaranteeing the hydraulic safety of the local populations.
Visitors will be able to understand how electricity is produced and get closer to the wind turbines and the photovoltaic power station. The program of the visit includes an outdoor course with a unique view of the floodway, the wind farm, the photovoltaic park and a path at the edge of the lock with monumental archway gates. An internal tour details the history of the CNR and the site, with photos, films, tactile tables and animated models. A scientific and educational gallery then explains the manufacture of electricity, whether wind, hydraulic or photovoltaic. The route ends with a bird's-eye view of the impressive engine room, the living heart of the plant, and an immersion in the old control room, preserved in its original state. Guaranteed emotions!
Exceptional access to the edge of the lock.
Guided tour only and obligatorily on reservation
Duration of the visit: about 2 hours
Reservation required by phone on 00 33 (4) 90 15 99 65
For the safety of all, please bring identification and wear flat and closed shoes.
From mid-March to the end of October, weekdays and weekends depending on available visit slots.
Thematic of the place
Guided tours, Musuems and monuments, Vaucluse Provence Pass