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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.

Wolfsburg | Germany
The town of Wolfsburg was established in 1938 by the Third Reich, and was originally called Stadt des Kdf-Wagens (town of the KdF [Kraft durch Freude – Strength through Joy] car). It was re-named after a nearby castle after the Second World War. The beetle-shaped people’s car – the Volkswagen – ...
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Autostadt
38446 Wolfsburg, Germany

Santorini is an island in the Cyclades in the Southern Aegean Sea. The island produces crops of large cucumbers, Spanish vetchling, capers and aubergines. Cherry tomatoes cultivated there from the late nineteenth century have a distinctive flavour and a high sugar content that come from the soft ...
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Tomato Industrial Museum ‘D Nomikos’
Vlychada Beach
84700 Vylchada, Greece

Győr | Hungary
Rába is a very large engineering company that originated in 1896 as the Hungarian Railway Carriage and Machine Works. It produced more than a thousand railway wagons in its first two years. The company supplied the Habsburg imperial army and produced its first road vehicles in 1904. In 1906 it ...
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Raba Technological Centrum
Martin ul 1
9027 Győr, Hungary

The nuclear power station 5 km from the city of Paks supplies about 50 per cent of Hungary’s requirements for electricity. It uses pressurised water reactors, originally of Soviet design, and occupies a site originally chosen in 1976. The first unit began generating in 1982 and the next three, ...
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Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Museum of Nuclear Energetics
Atomenergetikai Múzeum
8803/10 HRSZ
7031 Paks, Hungary

Dublin | Ireland
The brewery established at St James’s Gate in 1759 by Arthur Guinness (1725-1803) has for more than two centuries been the dominant manufacturing concern in the Irish capital. From 1799 Guinness concentrated on brewing stout that was exported, at first to England, and by 1900 to almost every country ...
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Guinness Storehouse
St James’s Gate James Street
The Liberties
Dublin, Ireland

Chiavenna (So) | Italy
Chiavenna is a town in the Italian Alps, north of Lake Como and about 10 km from the Swiss border. Bottonera is situated on the north side of the town and was an industrial area built-up in the nineteenth century, with cotton mills, paper mills, corn mills, a brewery and a hammer forge. Carlo Moro ...
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Mulino Moro di Bottonera
La Promozione Turistica della Val Chiavenna Stazionr Ferroviaria Chiavennaom
Piazza Gaduli per la Liberte
23022 Chiavenna, Italy

Maranello | Italy
The Ferrari museum adjacent to the company’s manufacturing plant at Marandello is complementary to that at the childhood home of Enzo Ferrari at Modena 27 km. north, with which it is linked by a shuttle bus service. Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (1898-1988), whose father, Alfredo Ferrari, had a mechanical ...
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Museo Ferrari
Via Dino Ferrari 43
41053 Maranello, Italy

Modena MO | Italy
Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (1898-1988) grew up at Modena where his father, Alfredo Ferrari, had a mechanical engineering business based in a workshop that is part of this museum. The younger Ferrari was inspired to a career in motor racing by watching the Circuit di Bologna in 1908. He became a racing ...
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Enzo Ferrari Museum
Museo Enzo Ferrari
Via Paola Ferrari 85
41121 Modena, Italy

Pontedera Pl | Italy
The core of this museum is one of the icons of European young people in the 1950s and 60s – the Vespa scooter. The Piaggio company originated in 1884 as a ship-fitting concern at Sestri Ponente near Genoa. It then turned to manufacture railway locomotives and carriages, and during the First World ...
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Piaggio Museum
Museo Piaggio
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, 7
56025 Pontedera, Italy

Rome | Italy
Francesco Peroni (b 1818) opened a brewery in Vigevano, Lombardy in 1846, and moved to premises near the Piazza di Spagna in Rome in 1864. His business grew into one of Italy’s largest brewing companies between 1910 and 1920 exporting to many countries, and operating breweries in other Italian ...
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Peroni Beer Museum
Museo Birra Peroni
Via R Birolli 8
00155 Rome, Italy

Torino | Italy
The priorities for enthusiasts for the history of the motor car industry when visiting Turin are likely to be the Lingotto factory and Italy’s National Motor Museum, but, although it is open only on Sundays, the Fiat Historical Centre also provides much that is interesting. It is located in an Art ...
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Fiat Historical Centre
Centro Storico Fiat
Via Gabriele Chiobrara 20
10126 Torino, Italy

The SAME archive and museum at Treviglio, 20 km south of Bergamo, provides documentary services to collectors of and researchers into tractors throughout Europe. The brothers Francesco and Eugenio Cassani built the pioneering diesel Cassani 40CV tractor in Treviglio from 1927, and formed a new ...
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SAME Historical Archives & Historical Museum
Archivo Storico SAME & Museo Storico SAME
Viale Frencesco Cassani 15
24047 Treviglio, Italy

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

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