The EDF Electropolis Museum presents electricity from various viewpoints : historical, sociological, technical, economic and cultural. The discovery of electricity is at the origin of the second industrial revolution and of the major changes affecting our societies and lifestyles, therefore, it's logical that it should be at the heart of science and technology, today and tomorrow. The EDF Electropolis Museum naturally fits perfectly among the scientific museums of Mulhouse, the European capital of scientific, technical and industrial museums.
Along with our partners, the public authorities of Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération, the Conseil départemental du Haut-Rhin, the Région Grand Est and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, EDF has decided to invest in an exemplary sponsorship in order to create, develop and maintain a museum dedicated to all aspects of electrical energy.
“Energy issues are understandably at the heart of society's current debates. At its own level, the museum intends to participate to this debate by contributing to the knowledge of the different publics on the nature of electricity and the role it plays in the society.”
Marc Kugler, President of the EDF Electropolis Museum and General Manager of the ÉS Group
Through a recreational approach and spectacular animation, the museum aims to insprie family and
school public interested in discovering the world of electricity over the time, how to master the key
issues it raises and what is at stake for the planet.
The EDF Electropolis Museum was created and opened to the public in 1992 to save a Sulzer-BBC compressor from destruction, a jewel from our Mulhouse technical and industrial heritage. It opened thanks to the EDF sponsorship and with the support of public authorities. This "Great Sulzer-BBC Machine" was manufactured in 1901 and was used to provide power to the DMC establishments in Mulhouse up to the first half of the 20th century.
The museum’s collection, unique in Europe, unites objects linked to the scientific discovery of electricity and its industrial uses – from electrostatic generators to alternators – and domestic objects illustrating the radical changes to everyday comfort, household appliances, communications and the audiovisual sector over a century.
The collection includes electro-technical equipment such as motors, alternators and transformers; measuring devices; computer technology, medical and communication devices, large and small household appliances (stoves, irons...); audiovisual devices, light fixtures, telephones; toys, advertising supports and art objects.
The museum, which benefits by the label "Musée de France", regularly adds to its collections with new objects and its vocation with regard to the electrical heritage is to become a place of reference.
In addition to this collection, important document, posters, and technical and archive libraries, allowing the museum to assure its mission of conservation, research, and promotion of this heritage that is rarely displayed in public collections.
The Museum Team
A team motivated by welcoming the public, animations, collection management…
President: Marc Kugler
Director: Claude Welty
Head of the Scientific Department: Catherine Fuchs, chief curator
Collection and documentation: Damien Kuntz
Facilitators : Sunny Jason, Aurore Keller, Juliette Schaedlich, Leila Tnainchi
Head of Technical services and management: Martine Grunenwald
Technicians : Yssam Boulahdid, Hans Jürgen Schlösser, Patrick Umber, Christophe Walter
Head of Communication: Claudine Valeriani
Administrative assistant, cashier in charge: Angélique Riff
Cashiers: Caroline Gross, Cindy Ketterlin
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The museum maintains privileges relationships with industrial companies, institutional, scientific, cultural, tourism bodies, as well as the media.