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The Industry Pavilion

An interactive journey to the heart of industry, past and present

Do you have the soul of an engineer? Are you fascinated by machines and technology? At the Château de la Verrerie, head for the Pavillon de l’Industrie, to relive the industrial adventure of Le Creusot. This is the must-see site at the Château de la Verrerie. The Schneider epic will hold no more secrets for you!

An interactive tour

Recently renovated, the Pavillon de l’Industrie immerses you in the history of forges from their origins to the present day.

Grab your tablet and get started.
Never-before-seen videos, games, 3D animations and augmented reality… You’ll travel through the development of the town of Le Creusot, from the industrial revolution to the innovations of today’s companies.

Historic models and high-tech industry

Le Creusot in perspective

The tour opens with two stunningly accurate plan-reliefs. They depict Le Creusot and its factories in 1836 and 1900. They sum up the industrial and urban boom that took place here during the 19th century. Commissioned by the factory, these plans were exhibited in the Schneider pavilion at the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition.

The tour takes a thematic approach to the development of the town around its industry: the Schneiders, education and training, yesterday’s production, today’s industrial fabric. Objects, models and parts straight out of the workshops illustrate the tour.

The visit is also punctuated by a film projected onto a large screen. It shows the factories in motion and models the legendary drop hammer in operation.

Salle du Jeu de Paume

but why?

The Pavillon de l’Industrie is housed in an outbuilding of the Château de la Verrerie, built between 1908 and 1910.

This large building, with its wide arched windows opening onto the formal garden, almost looks like an orangery. But it’s nothing of the sort! It was in fact designed from the outset as a covered tennis court for use by guests of the Schneider family. In keeping with the neo-Eighteenth-century theme intended by Eugène II Schneider, it has been christened the “Salle du Jeu de Paume”.

Cristallerie Royale in three key dates


The Fonderie Royale is founded at Le Creusot. At the time, the fashion for lead crystal was arriving straight from England and seducing the French aristocratic courts.


The Cristallerie experienced its first difficulties, and was eventually sold by its owners.


Eugène Schneider decides to make the crystal works his home in Le Creusot. He gave the building a second life, transforming it from a crystal glassworks into a prestigious residence.

Not to be missed