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Historical Museum of the Paper

Richard de Bas' Mill

Domaine(s) : Artistical Industry

Region : Auvergne


Located in the beautiful Mill Richard de Bas, witness of the first stages of the French paper industry, the museum shows exceptional collections.
You know the Silk Road? Sure you will know the paper one!
One point to another in this vast space that makes up Asia and Europe, from China to France, the displayed documents explain you the history of paper, history illustrated by the real size of material & objects that have participated to it.

The mill in which you will enter was already working in 1463 when it was bought by Antoine Richard who gave it his name, in this place where the mills manufacturing paper covered the surrounding valleys, after the Mongolfier, Malmenaide & Falguerole brought back the art of papermaking from their crusade in 1326.


Open every day except on December the 25th and on January the 1st.
Getting lost an hour in the enchanting world of paper goes too quickly!
The atmosphere brings itself to poetry

The mill is open every day from 09:30 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00.
In July and August and is open from 09:30 to 19:00.

The last visitor is accepted one hour before closing. Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.


This place that was also part of life for Masters and Companions Papermakers of the past centuries is ideal to show you how paper was made in the 15th century.
At last, a chinese workshop from the Lun Tsai time (-105 BC) has been recreated in the park that presents the plants used for making paper.

Today, the mill is still active and you will see the paper finding his soul in front of your eyes.


Moulin Richard de Bas, 63600 Ambert

Ambert is located at the south of Thiers (approximately at 50km at the south-east of Clermont-Ferrand), between the mountains of Forez and those of Livradois.

N 45°32'60'', E 03°47'34''

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