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The museum

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Salle des canaux

At the ObservaLoire, discover the world of canals, their History, their importance, and go to rub shoulders with the “canalous”, listen to its crew as they regale you with stories of their life, their work and their pastimes.

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Salle Loire

Meet the last great wild river, the Loire. Watch, as the flood waters of sprawling river make play with rocks and alluvial deposits, admire how it nurtures various species of fauna and flora.

Salle Marine de Loire

At the ObservaLoire, travel back in time to the river port of Digoin in the middle of the 18th century, go aboard a barge.

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Salle sous l'eau

At the ObservaLoire, dive into the water to discover the inhabitants of our river in their confrontation with the fishermen, recognize the different species of local fish, and enjoy finding out more about fishing techniques.


The ObservaLoire offers you a panorama of more than 180° on the canal-bridge and the Loire river from its glass gallery: the Observatory. Binoculars are at your disposal to observe the fauna and flora of the Loire.

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