Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Wrought Iron Museum, Rouen



Wrought Iron Museum, Rouen

Let's be honest about this. If the idea of a wrought iron museum doesn't grab you and make you go "ooooh, I wonder if that's any good?" then probably nothing I can say is going to persuade you. However, if you are (as I am) the sort of person who wonders immediately whether the wrought iron museum in question will be worth a visit, then let me reassure you: it's fantastic.

The collected artefacts are arranged mostly by type: knives, scissors, keys, coffee grinders.




I was captivated by the locks, which featured some of the most unusual key designs I've seen in my life:


And I particularly wish I could get my hands on an old chest like this one:


(If any of my readers ever see such a thing for sale, pretty please, let me know!)

The surroundings are pretty spectacular, too, as the collection is housed in an old church.



Geeky, yes. A little bit weird? Well, yes. But completely and utterly fantastic. If I go to Rouen again, I'll almost certainly go back (and I'm not just saying that because it's free for students - though that was a nice bonus).

Getting there: Le Secq des Tournelles, Rue Jacques Villon, Rouen, France.

12 comments:

Stephanie V said...

I would love this place. The designs of those pieces hanging on the wall are beautiful. And that lock. Oh, yes. Is it geeky? I don't think so.
We once took a chance on a Museum of Work - kept us happy for one whole rainy day.

LindyLouMac said...

My husband and I would also find this place fascinating, dare I show him this he will be planning a detour to Rouen on our next drive north. Too far out of the way but worth remembering. If we saw a trunk like that first you would never hear about it.

lostinsophistication said...

I love the creativity of the displays!

lakeviewer said...

Rachel, I would never, ever, consciously, enter this museum. However, you convinced me that these artifacts are in-fact historical markers of the highest quality and workmanship, a paean to human ingenuity through the ages.
I'm glad I stopped by.

Ginny said...

Wow Rachel!!! This is just the kind of weirdly beautiful thing that I love and try to find!! Now what is that in the first picture?? And the lock is truly amazing. It all looks like something out of the Mad Max movies like it would be in Thunderdome. My favorite picture has to be the one where you have snapped the whole room from above, it really is just other wordly!! And the church! That iteslf is worth this post!!

Rachel said...

That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Not at all your usual run of the mill museum!

Louiz said...

I love that, it looks so interesting and unexpected. If I ever see a trunk like that I will let you know though.

liliannattel said...

Oh yes, I so enjoyed seeing these pics. The first one is my favourite.

Chef E said...

Oh I would love this place, could hang out and just use my imagination!

Thanks for sharing this...

Dedene said...

Awesome! I've never been but now I have a reason to go.

ladyfi said...

Wow - these designs are exquisite! Just lovely.

christine said...

The trunk is very like those we came across in several National Trust properties when we used to visit them, but perhaps you've forgotten - you always preferred the ruins of English Heritage!!

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