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Castle-Museum of communication (Angers)


Located in the agglomeration of Angers, within the domain of Pignerolle, the Château-Musée de la communication d'Angers offers since 1992, an educational and interactive vision of the history of communication media. The innovations exhibited constitute in all 1300 devices, including among others radio sets, television sets, telegraphs. Through interactive workshops and extracts from period shows, you can discover the great inventors that have shaped the history of the media.

It is thanks to Guy Biraud, founder of the Museum, that the establishment has acquired a collection of 1300 preciously accumulated and restored devices. The museum is organized in different spaces representing the evolution of innovations. Each space is assigned an inventor's name. Before the start of the visit, an audio guide system with headphones and a game booklet are available to adults and children. The course includes exhibitions of devices, film clips, recreations of cult scenes as well as experiments to be carried out.

A first trip to the beginnings of communication

The first workshops focus on primary means of communication such as speaking and writing. Among the exhibits is a Sumerian tablet from the 4th century. It should be noted that the Sumerians are the first to have used the cuneiform writing which consists of acronyms in the shape of nails and wedges. The beginnings of the printing press 1450s are the brainchild of the German inventor Johannes Gutenberg. One can admire an American press of the XIXth century which bears witness to the progress of this invention.

Another important invention: the birth of theelectricity. Alessandro volta present in 1799 her electric battery to Napoleon 1er. As evidenced by the reconstruction of the famous electric kiss allowing a spark to emerge between the partners. Playful manipulations provide an opportunity to test electromagnetism and static electricity. Electricity paves the way for many inventions, such as phones and vintage cameras on display.

Subsequently, you will have the pleasure of discovering the ancestor of SMS. It is the first device capable of transmitting an encoded message remotely. This invention comes from Samuel Morse who sends in 1844 a telegram, between Washington and Baltimore. Wireless telegraphy will appear in 1889, thanks to Eugène Ducretet who emits signals from the Eiffel Tower to the Pantheon.

A dynamic presentation of modern media

The advent of cinema is presented through the screening of the first films of Light Brothers such as the exit of the Lumière factory in Lyon or the arrival of the train at La Ciotat. The 15-minute session was screened for the first time on December 28 1895, in the basement of the Grand Café, boulevard des Capucines, in Paris.

The beginnings of radio in the 1920s and its development are illustrated by a display case including authentic radio sets, in particular the Galène set from the 1920s. Within this space, it is possible to listen to extracts from programs hosted by Jean Nohain such as The unbeatable, Mireille's Friends Lounge or Queen for a day.

A collection of posts television highlights the beginnings of this flagship medium. In France, the first program is broadcast on April 26, 1935. You can see the extracts from television programs as Intervilles or Good night little ones, created in 1962.

Video: the arrival of the train at La Ciotat station

An original end of the visit with a fantastic and spatial dimension

An original touch punctuates the visit and plunges the visitor into the world of Jules Verne and of Georges Wells. The famous submarine lounge: the Nautilus and the ancestor of television from "Carpathian castle"have been reconstituted. War of the Worlds, a work by Georges Wells, father of modern Science Fiction, is honored with a fantastic setting made up of two aliens.

The visit ends with the theme of space. A film presents the history of the space conquest and the technological competition between the United States and the USSR through the first satellites. It also evokes the first steps on the moon of Neil Armstrong the July 20, 1969. You can discover the inside of the capsule Apollo 11 which has been replenished. Interactivity is always the order of the day because an experience open to all allows you to measure the speed of sound.

The Pignerolle domain in Angers offers a setting conducive to walks and the organization of events. It has a 70 hectare park and an orangery, both listed as historical monuments. Horse-drawn carriage rides and child-friendly tours are organized throughout the year.

Practical information for the Angers castle-museum of communication

Opening : every day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Prices : € 5.50 or € 4.70 for students and € 2.50 for children under 18.

To take a virtual tour of the Château-Musée d'Angers, click here.

- The site of the Angers castle-museum of communication

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