A unique location
A place of technical discoveries, of flowing poetry and artistic events, the EDF Bazacle Complex is among the cultural locations not to be missed in Toulouse.
Situated in the centre of the city along the Garonne, the EDF Bazacle Complex offers the public diverse experiences: a museum itinerary, a large terrace overhanding the Garonne, temporary exhibitions – some with the support of the EDF Foundation, a photo gallery, a fish pass, guided tours of the active hydroelectric plant. The Bazacle has been open to the public since 1989 and almost 1.6 million visitors have since discovered this exceptional location.
Every year, nearly 120 000 visitors, old and young, come to admire this unusual location, free of charge and open all year round (closed Mondays).
All the practical information
The EDF Bazacle Complex is situated on an exceptional site on the Garonne River, near the old ford, that was the city’s founding passage and used long before Roman times.
The site is strategic. Floating mills were installed in the 12th Century and then replaced by mills built on the riverbank. In the 14th Century, the owners, pioneers of capitalism, created the world’s first known joint-stock company.
The industrial adventure continued in the 19th century.
In 1888, the Bazacle Grand Moulin was converted into a hydroelectric plant by the Société Toulousaine d’Electricité, that lights downtown Toulouse, and EDF acquired the site in 1946. Thanks to the miracle of electricity, a new era started and accompanied the development and modernisation of the city with renewable energy.
The hydroelectric power station, equipped with a fish pass, has now been in operation for a century.
EDF Bazacle Complex partners
5 major partners have associated with EDF to create this site devoted to raising public awareness of the local biodiversity: Agence de l'eau Adour-Garonne, Syndicat Mixte d'Etudes et d'Aménagement de la Garonne (SMEAG), Migrateurs Garonne Dordogne (MIGADO) et Nature Midi-Pyrénées.