Portrait room at the Musée de l'Homme et de l'Industrie, Le Creusot
©Portrait room at the Musée de l'Homme et de l'Industrie, Le Creusot|Lesley Williamson

The Museum of Man and Industry

A concentrated history of Le Creusot at the Château de la Verrerie

Located in the main building of the Château de la Verrerie, the former home of the ironmasters, the Musée de l’Homme et de l’Industrie is one of the sites of theCreusot Montceau Ecomuseum.

The collections are organized around 3 main themes: crystal, the Schneider family and the rise of industry. As you wander through the museum’s rooms, objects, models, paintings and photographs will help you step back in time to understand the singular history of the château and the development of the town under the impetus of the Schneider family.


For lovers of decorative art

Looking at the neoclassical facades of the main building, it’s hard to believe that it was originally a factory: the Cristallerie de la Reine, which operated from 1787 to 1832.

Inside the museum, three rooms evoke this now-defunct activity, from raw materials to finished products, from crystal-making methods to cutting techniques.

A beautiful collection of crystals is on display, showing the finesse and refinement of the objects that were once made here. A feast for the eyes if you’re a lover of fine objects!

Detail and meticulous art

Some crystal products from Le Creusot

The Schneiders

A dynasty of entrepreneurs

Continue your visit with the ” Les Schneider maîtres de forges ” exhibition.

Portraits, photographs and personal objects evoke the memories of the former owners of the Creusot forges, who skilfully built up a veritable industrial empire during the 19th century.

You’ll be curious to discover how they transformed a factory into a prestigious residence worthy of welcoming important clients. Heads of state and crowned heads have visited the factories in Le Creusot’s hushed drawing rooms. The gallery of souvenir photos gives an idea of the protocol that surrounded these official visits!

Models & paintings

Factory work

As you stroll through the museum, you’ll see paintings and models depicting work in the forges.

Gigantic pieces handled by an army of workers, red splinters of molten metal, all evoke the extreme conditions that prevailed in the workshops: the deafening noise of the machines, the danger… The hard work is depicted in both 19th-century realist paintings and contemporary canvases by painter Raymond Rochette.

Scale models illustrate industrial activity, and the miniature factory is the best example. Built between 1890 and 1910, this model is a faithful recreation of the factories at Le Creusot. With its small automatons and moving machines, it will delight young and old alike, and will be the highlight of your visit.

Family visits to the museum

activities for children

Children are welcome at the Musée de l’Homme et de l’Industrie. They’ll be able to discover the museum through specially adapted activities.

While visiting, 7-12 year-olds can help Marlow Piton solve thePanic in the Museum investigation on mobile or tablet – free application downloadable from Google Playstore and Apple Appstore (tablet available on request from reception).

For younger visitors, a bag of activities and games is available free of charge. Ages 5 to 8, accompanied by an adult.

During the school vacations, workshops are organized in connection with the collections or current exhibitions. Keep an eye on the calendar!

The Musée de l’Homme et de l’Industrie is a member of the Saône-et-Loire department’s“Aventures Mômes!” network, and adheres to the Mom’Art charter.

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