On the site of the former Montgailhard tilt-hammer forge that was converted into a tool factory in the nineteenth century, the Forges de Pyrène reveal a fascinating regional heritage. There were 130 trades associated with the forge at the time. The museum has a vast collection of 6500 tools and machines and they give frequent workshops led by local craftsmen.
Amongst the exhibits that center around a hydraulic tilt-hammer forge, the Iron and Forge Museum pays tribute to the various activities associated with metallurgy in the Ariège. From the iron mines in Rancié to the nail factories in Barguillière the history of this once-great industry and the highly skilled workers who developed it are celebrated.
Musée du Fer et de la Forge (Iron and Forge)
Forges de Pyrène
09330 Montgailhard 05 34 09 30 60
- Adult : €9.50
- Student : €8.00
- Children (5-18 years) : €6.50
- Family pass (2 children, 2 adults.) : €27.50
- Children under 5 : free
April to June and September to 4 November :
- Monday-Friday : 10am-6pm
- weekends : 10am-6:30pm
- Monday-Sunday : 10am-7pm
Closed 1 January – 31 March, 1 May and 5 November-31 December
The site remains open to groups. Reservation required.
- Accessible for people with reduced mobility