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Laundry Museum


Last updated date : 10/11/2021

Based in a former factory belonging to Etablissements Gladel, washing machine makers from 1902 to 1991, the museum exhibits 200 items dating from the start of the 20th century: washing machines and spin-driers, irons, etc.

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The museum contains, among other items, a wooden drum from 1910, invented by a cooper and a mechanic from Craponne, a copper mangle from 1925 in working order, and a wooden vat that can hold 200 pairs of sheet that was built by a local cooper.
The GREHC association (History of Craponne Research and Study Group) installed the museum in the old factory in April 2004 and continues to manage it.
Guided tours are available given by former laundry workers, and there is a film about the evolution of laundry techniques.

Practical information


104 avenue Joachim Gladel - 69290 Craponne


Adult: from 5 €
Student: from 3 €
Group adults: from 3 € (min. 10 pers.)
Set price group children: from 30 € (for a half day class.).

Free entry for children < 16 years.
Group rate available for > 10 people.


From 01/01 to 31/12, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.
Open on Sun.: 3 PM-6 PM. Guided tour at 3:30 PM. From Mon. to Sat.: only for groups by reservation. Closed on Easter Sun. (Apr. 21) and on bank holidays.

Additional information

Open all year for groups from 5 to 30 people.

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Laundry Museum

104 avenue Joachim Gladel - 69290 Craponne

04 78 44 31 36

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