Museum of the canal bridge and the two waterways of Briare

Within living memory, the river Loire has been for man, a main artery of communication and privileged exchange. The river Loire became one of the principal economic arteries of the kingdom between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. In 1642, the Briare Canal allowed an opening into the Parisian market.
During the 19th century, the lateral canal and the famous Briare canal bridge allowed commerce, to and fro to extend.

An intense activity developed around the water way: mariners, merchants, haulers, raftmen, toll collectors, dockers, carters, ropemakers, fishmen, millers, ferrymen, sand sellers, washwomen, innkeepers…

A wonderful history of man, rich and strong, relations between “down to earth men” and those from the river, from the canal that you will discover during your visit.

Come and discover!


Opening hours and admission fees

Monday to Sunday:
March 1 to May 31, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
June 1 to September 30, 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 6:30pm
October 1 to November 15, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Last entry: 30 minutes before closing

Adult: 6€
Children (from 7), students: 5€
Under 7, member: free