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European Themeroute | Xtra: Company Museums and Factory Tours

In this section you will find all the sites of our database, which are part of a company that is still active today, from the Fagus factory world heritage site in Alfeld on Leine (Germany) to the shoemuseum of Clarks in the small market town Street in Somerset, England.With this, ERIH is striking the ... more

Icon: Xtra: Company Museums and Factory ToursLiving Industry. Company Museums and Factory Tours

In this section you will find all the sites of our database, which are part of a company that is still active today, from the Fagus factory world heritage site in Alfeld on Leine (Germany) to the shoemuseum of Clarks in the small market town Street in Somerset, England.

With this, ERIH is striking the arches of abandoned industrial monuments to the manufacturing industry and shows that "industrial culture" does not only mean the past, but also encompasses the present and the future of industry.

Eindhoven | Netherlands
Eindhoven was created by the company founded in 1891 by Gerard Philips (1858-1942) to make incandescent electric light bulbs. It was situated in a region of sandy heaths where agricultural had never been profitable, and where the principal industrial activity had been the making of cigars. The city ...
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Philips Museum
Emmasingel 31
5611 AZ Eindhoven, Netherlands

Velsen-Noord | Netherlands
Tata Steel, formerly known as Hoogovens, is one of the main steelfactories in Europe. The complex is not accessible to the public. But for who admires the spectaclular scenery of heavy industry, this is a must-see. There are no facilities for the public. The complex can be viewed from different ...
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HoogovensMuseum
Wenckebachstraat 1
1951 JZ Velsen-Noord, Netherlands

Jevnaker | Norway
The Hadeland Glassworks, picturesquely situated on the shore of the Randesfjord, was established in 1762, and is by repute the oldest manufacturing concern in Norway. Initially the company produced bottles, jars and other mundane domestic items, but from 1852, under the management of Ole-Chr Berg, ...
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Hadeland Glassworks
Hadeland Glassverk
Glassverksveien 9
3520 Jevnaker, Norway

Lisbon | Portugal
Lisbon has one of the most spectacular tramway systems in Europe, which totalled 108 route km in 1924, when it incorporated nine funiculars, of which four remain. The system is managed by the Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa, which had its origins in Brazil in 1872. The company museum is ...
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Carris tramway museum
Museu da Carris
Rua 1º de Maio, 101 – 103
1300-472 Lisbon, Portugal

St Petersburg | Russia
The centrepiece of the museum run by St Petersburg’s water supply company is a former water tower on the Neva Embankment, designed by Ivan Merts and Ernest Shubersky and completed in 1860. The museum was designed by Eugeny Podgornov and was opened in 2003. The tower itself houses displays about the ...
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Museum of Water
Shpalernay Ulitsa 56
St Petersburg, Russia

Eskilstuna | Sweden
Metal-working and mechanical engineering in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna already had a lengthy history when, in 1832, Johan Theofren Munktell (1805-87) established the Eskilstuna Mekaniska Verkstad Aktiebolag (Eskilstuna mechanical workshops company) which is the oldest of the companies that are ...
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Munktell company museum
Munktellmuseet
Munktellstorget
633 43 Eskilstuna, Sweden

Göteborg | Sweden
The Volvo company was founded in Göteborg in 1927 by Assar Gabrielsson (1891-1962) and Gustaf Larson (1887-1968), and had its first factory in the Hisingen area of the city, where it produced its first car the OV4. Subsequently after numerous takeovers, Volvo has become a large global corporation ...
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Volvo Museum
Arendal Skans
405 08 Göteborg, Sweden

Husqvarna | Sweden
Husqvarna, a small community 5 km south of the city of Jönkoping, has been an important centre for engineering since the seventeenth century. In 1620 King Gustavus Adolphus established several armaments manufactories, one of them at  Jönkoping, whose managers in 1689 opened a machine shop, ...
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Husqvarna Factory Museum
Husqvarna Fabriksmuseum
Hakarpsvägen 1
56141 Husqvarna, Sweden

Iggesund | Sweden
Iggesund is a small town in Hudiksvall municipality in Gävleborg county, 126 km north of the city of Gävle where an ironworks, consisting of a blast furnace, two Walloon forges and a hammer shop, was established in 1685 by Isaac Breant. It remained a small enterprise until the 1870s when it was ...
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Iggemans Mill
Iggemans Bruksminnen
Malmvägen 15
82523 Iggesund, Sweden

Kosta | Sweden
The manufacture of glass in Sweden was encouraged by King Gustav Vasa (1496-1560) who had observed glass making during a visit to Italy. The industry flourished in the heavily forested province of Småland where 15 works are still operating. The Kosta Glasbruk (Kosta glassworks) was founded in 1742 ...
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Orrefors Kosta Boda AB
Stora Vägen 96
36052 Kosta, Sweden

Malmö | Sweden
Emil Mazetti-Nissen, from Copenhagen, founded the Malmö Chokolad och Konfektfabriks Aktiebolag in 1888, and his company continues to do so in the same factory building in Sweden’s third largest city. The company is the only one in Sweden that still carries out the whole process of chocolate ...
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Malmö Chocolate Factory
Malmö Chokladfabrik
Möllevångsgatan 363
214 20 Malmö, Sweden

Flawil | Switzerland
Schoggi-Land is the visitor centre at the ultra-modern Maestrani factory at Flawil, 16 km west of St Gallen. The company’s origins go back to the early 19th century when Guiseppe Maestrani, from Aquila in the Ticino, who had learned about chocolate-making in Lombardy, sold chocolate on the streets ...
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Schoggi-Land
Toggenburgerstrasse 41
9230 Flawil, Switzerland

Hergiswil | Switzerland
Hergiswil lies 10 km south of Lucerne between Mount Pilatus and the Vierwaldstattersee (Lake Lucerne). The glassworks in the village was established in 1818 by the brothers Siegwart. It suffered a threat of closure in 1975, but was saved largely through the efforts of the designer Roberto Niedereeer ...
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Glasi Hergiswil
Seestrasse 12
6052 Hergiswil, Switzerland

Schönenwerd | Switzerland
The Bally company is a global corporation which produces and markets luxury shoes and, since 1976, handbags and other leather accessories. It was founded in Switzerland in 1851 by Carl Franz Bally (1822-99) and passed to successive generations of his family. The company had 500 employees by 1860, ...
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Bally Shoemuseum
Oltnerstrasse 6
Schönenwerd, Switzerland

The Alimentarium is a museum established in 1985 in the former headquarters building of Nestle International in Vevey on the shore of Lake Geneva. For over 30 years already, the world's first-ever food-themed museum has been sharing a global and independent view of the many aspects of the human ...
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Alimentarium | Musee d’alimentation
Quay Perdonnet, CP 13
1800 Vervey, Switzerland

Zürich | Switzerland
The manufacture of clocks and watches is perhaps the most celebrated of Switzerland’s industries. One of the best-known manufacturers is Beyer Chronometrie whose founder was Matthäus Beyer who began to make clocks in the German town of Donaueschingen around 1800. In 1822 his grandson Stefan Beyer ...
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Beyer Clock Museum
Uhrenmuseum Beyer
Bahnhofstrasse 31
8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Birmingham | United Kingdom
As the threat of European war increased in the 1930s the British government embarked in 1936 on a scheme to build ‘shadow factories’ for which government provided capital for existing companies to build new works, on condition that on the outbreak of hostilities they would be available for munitions ...
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Jaguar Visitor Centre
Chester Road Castle Vale
B35 7RA Birmingham, United Kingdom

Bury St. Edmunds | United Kingdom
This is one of England´s oldest and largest traditional working breweries. Here, you can join one of the daily Brewery Tours to see the beers actually being made using natural ingredients and traditional brewing methods.A tour round the historic working brew house includes a wonderful view of the ...
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Greene King Brewery
Greene King Westgate Brewery
IP33 1QT Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

Bushmills | United Kingdom
Portrush is a resort on the coast of Co Antrim, with harbour installations of 1827-36 by John Rennie, and a spectacular railway station of 1892-3, designed by Berkely Deane, now used for other purposes, while trains call at modern, utilitarian platforms. The depot, a passenger station and some ...
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Old Bushmills Distillery
The Distillery
2 Distillery Road
BT57 8XH Bushmills, United Kingdom

Castle Cary | United Kingdom
Horsehair, a fabric made with a weft of combed fibres from the docked tails of horses and a warp of cotton or linen yarn, is very durable and has a unique lustre. It has been made in the Castle Cary district of Somerset since the early nineteenth century if not earlier. In 1831 26 people in the town ...
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John Boyd Textiles | Higher Flax Mills
Torbay Road
BA7 7DY Castle Cary, United Kingdom