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The glassmaking site in Meisenthal
Today, the site of the former glassworks in Meisenthal (1704-1969) stands as a remarkable testimony to the second wind experienced by the site and the unusual marriage of memory and modernity.
The glass museum passes on to visitors the memory of local glassmaking through the screening of an audiovisual presentation, followed by a guided tour of the "techniques room" and the wonderful collection of Art Nouveau glass, including exceptional pieces by Emile Gallé – who worked with the Meisenthal glassworks from 1867 to 1894.
The international glass art centrestrives to safeguard traditional glassmaking know-how and contemporary artistic creation. You will discover the ballet of its glassblowers as well as temporary exhibitions and the shop where you can buy “Made in Meisenthal” glass products.
An industrial cathedral covering 3,200 m², refurbished in 2005, the glassmaking hall presents year-round exhibitions by contemporary artists, concerts of contemporary music and street theatre festivals.
The Grande Place, Musée du Cristal in Saint-Louis
In 1767, Louis XV assented to the foundation of a glassworks, the Royal Glassworks in Saint-Louis. In 1782, it received the recognition of the Royal Academy of Sciences for the manufacture of a glass with a particular composition, produced only in England until that time: crystal.
Today, the museum adjoins the workshops of the Saint-Louis factory and presents the diversity of production around a trench in which a number of magnificent chandeliers are hung.