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Chalon-sur-Saône, Musée Nicéphore Niépce

Visiting the Nicéphore Niépce museum

is to ask questions about one's relationship with images,
is to discover photography, from the invention by Nicéphore Niépce up until digital technologies,
is to dive into the multiple histories of photography, its aesthetic and documentary adventures, and its popular and commercial uses.

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Museum website
Main collections

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  History Science technical Miscellaneous

The museum's collections let us retrace the history of photography, from the technical and artistic points of view, as well as in its popular and social uses. They include almost six thousand cameras and optical objects and over three million images.

Further information
Knowledge base
To discover the national collections, you can access the databases of the Ministry of Culture :

Joconde database
Practical information
Musée Nicéphore Niépce
28 Quai des Messageries
71100 Chalon sur Saône

Par l'A6,
sortie Chalon Nord ou Chalon Sud
Gare SNCF de Chalon-sur-Saône
Proximité de la gare TGV
Le Creusot-Montchanin
(à 20 min. de route)
Aéroport de Lyon - Saint-Exupéry
(à une heure de route)

tel. : 03 85 48 41 98
fax : 03 85 48 63 20

Website :
e-mail :

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Open every day except Tuesdays and holidays
from 9.30am to 11.45am
from 2pm to 5.45pm

July - August
from 10am to 6pm


Entrance fees

Entry free for all!

Paying, guided tours by reservation

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