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Le Bazacle

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Address: 11, quai St-Pierre, 31000, Toulouse, France
Phone Number: 33 5 62 30 16 00
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We came in here as part of a long walk round the city and my husband insisted it was worth going in. Well, it was free and he was right. Nicely laid out inside and interesting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Limoges, France
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Toulouse, France
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun to watch the big wheels spinnning to generate power and they have a super sun terrace. The whole place is free to get in! But the explanations of how this power station run by water power are laughably complex whichever language you read them in. Just sit on the terrace and look acrosss the river. Nice.

Thank orangecat123
Limoges, France
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114 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came in here as part of a long walk round the city and my husband insisted it was worth going in. Well, it was free and he was right. Nicely laid out inside and interesting if you are into hydro-electrics/engineering and that sort of thing. The highlight for me were the stunning views over the river from the walkway... More 

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Novato, California
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151 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The displays in the Bazacle are not very informative. There is no opportunity to really see the turbines working, and the view of the fish ladder is murky. This may be a good venue for school classes to visit, particularly if there is a docent to explain things, but for a casual visitor to Toulouse I would suggest seeing some... More 

Thank N0dell
Worcester, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

EDF Bazacle is a hydroelectric plant on the banks of the river, near the weir. It blends art and science, and it is not surprising that it is a good place for parties of schoolchildren to visit. After looking through large windows to the generating plant, the visit starts with a room full of fun, hands-on exhibits on the nature... More 

Thank WorcesterLinda
Moscow, Russia
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69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

What a relief after all this art museums where all the paintings look similar to each other or just weird. This is a place where locals go, with their children to get some knowledge about how all this electricity thing work. But I should say many adults (as myself) come to amuse their own. I was captured by the well-prepared... More 

Thank elenka_u
Leeds, United Kingdom
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339 reviews
285 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Le Balzacle is what in England we call a large weir (low dam) which runs diagonally across the Garonne River on the historic waterfront in the centre of the city. For 800 years its provided water power to Toulouse and since 1890 hydro electric power. Water is channelled to a spillway on the eastern bank and through a power station... More 

1 Thank observer2011
Bochum, Germany
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Nothing spectacular, but interesting enough to look at if you're going for a walk and happen to pass by. There's a little museum about water in the building you pass through to get to the viewing platforms on the river.

1 Thank loopiedoopie
Mirepoix, France
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139 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Yet another FREE museum. The setting is beautiful and there are free viewing areas with binoculars you can watch the varied bird life on the Garronne through. The fish ladder is huge, too. Not just for engineer types - something for all ages and interests. Very informative and easy to understand exhibits.

2 Thank suzij552
Seix, France
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

very interesting with exhibitions etc a lovely place to visit if you are interested in the river and its history; followed by a picnic on the river bank - plenty of small take away snack places on route

Thank petakeith
Boulder, CO
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012 via mobile

You can browse around by yourself or catch one of the guided tours. We did both and enjoyed the freedom as well as an insider's view of the historical generators. Our guide was quite the entertaining character in both French and English. There is some self-promotion of EDF but, overall, the presentations are very well done. Nice views of the... More 

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