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Musee Nicephore Niepce

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Free museum of photography

Went in as we both share an interest in photography. The father of photography was born near here... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Interesting museum of history of photography

We were in Chalon sur Saone this month, June, and the guided tours of the museum only happen during... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa
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The ambition of the musée Nicéphore Niépce is to explain the basics of photography from its invention by Niépce up to today’s digital imagery. Its collections bring together almost three million photographs and objects that provide the possibility...more
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28 quai des Messageries, 71100 Chalon-sur-Saone, France
+33 3 85 48 41 98
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Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

If you have ever done large or medium format, or been in a darkroom, you ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT miss this museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kktxod
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Went in as we both share an interest in photography. The father of photography was born near here. Good selection of camera memorabilia as well as some from the time of Nicéphore Niépce and Daguerre as well as some Fox Talbot photographs. Also large current...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SarahA522
Reviewed 17 June 2018

We were in Chalon sur Saone this month, June, and the guided tours of the museum only happen during July and August. The information is only in French so I feel I would have got a lot more from the museum if I had understood...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

A place you can not miss if you are interested in the history of classic photography. Free entrance and exceptionally friendly staff.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank LaNufka
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Chalon is known for its history of photo/image this museum has crazy old cameras and funny techniques to show the process of making a photo.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This museum contains antiques of photography such as daguerreotypes but also has a semi permanent exhibitions of different contemporary photography. A must see for photography lovers!

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank jo_est_fine
Reviewed 6 August 2016

This museum dedicated to the famed photographer is well worth the trip. Besides information about him and his art there is usually an good exhibit of photos. Not a large museum, it is suitable for children also.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Carolee L
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

This photography museum is entirely free. It exhibits multiple very old cameras and daguerréotypes. There are also multiple movies and one interactive very old 3D pictures. 1 hour is enough to see most of it. Not much is done for kids.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank tristof_Liege
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

An interesting museum for photography enthusiasts but most people would find something of interest in this extensive display. You can see old photography equipment, learn about the development of photography techniques or even just view an extensive collection of photographs from early examples to the...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Helen S
Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

As a amateur photographer hoping to become a pro, this museum was a real treasure for me. A lot of historical exhibits, plenty of audio/video material, 3d slides, and ofcourse many many awesome photos from 1800, and beggining of 1900... only thing lacking is the...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank ognyen r
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