Pavillon de l'Eau, Paris

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#143 of 183 in Museums in Paris
The Pavillon de l'eau is a museum devoted to water belonging to the City of Paris and managed by Eau de Paris, the municipal agency in charge of production and distribution of water in Paris. The Pavillon de l’eau offers a permanent exhibition about the water supply history of the city, temporary exhibitions, children's activities (educational workshops, screenings, performances etc.) and thematic meetings.HistoryIn 1828, on the ancient road to Versailles, a steam pump was installed in order to pump water from the Seine to supply the municipalities of Auteuil and Passy.At the end of the nineteenth century, the old steam pumps are obsolete. Consequently, the City Council of Paris voted the construction of a new pumping station to take advantage of the latest technological innovations. The station (named station A) consists of two buildings, the engine room and boiler room, both characterized by a brick structure and large roofs topped by skylights that allow a wide ventilation and lighting.However, even this new pumping station becomes outdated, especially regarding its coal consumption. So at the end of the First World War a new project is launched to be attached to the existing pump, the station B (powered electrically from 1952). In 1955, the station A is dismantled and the engine room is primarily used as a garage, and then as an office for administrative services until 2007, when the Pavillon de l'eau is inaugurated.Permanent exhibitionAlimenter Paris en eau is an exhibition about the water supply of Paris and its history from Roman aqueducts to nowadays.
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  • The entrance is free and it does not mean at all it’s boring The exposition is very well done Interesting story about Wallace Fontaine’s and all the network to provide water to Parisians  more »
  • Nice Museum with Expo on graffiti interesting than to know the history of water pumps, water circulation plans and its reservoirs
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  • Interesting history of water in Paris, all in French, free
  • This place is free, fun for kids and adults. This place is about water and sea creatures
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