Ampère Museum

The Ampère Museum is a museum of the history of electricity dedicated to André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836). The museum is located in Poleymieux-au-Mont-d'Or at approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) from Lyon by road and is housed in the house where André-Marie Ampère spent part of his youth. It was awarded the "Maisons des Illustres" (Illustrious house) label in 2013.[1]

Musée Ampère
Musée Ampère à Poleymieux-au-Mont-d'Or, France.jpg
Musée Ampère. Address: 300, route d'Ampère
69250 Poleymieux-au-Mont-d'Or
Established1st July 1930
LocationPoleymieux-au-Mont-d'Or, Lyon Metropolis, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Ampère Museum.
Ampère Museum.
Ampère Museum (France)
Coordinates45°51′15″N 4°47′57″W / 45.854198°N 4.799212°W / 45.854198; -4.799212
CollectionsHistory of electricity


In 1928, Hernand and Sosthenes Behn, American businessmen, of French origin by their mother, co-founders of the multinational company ITT, which at that time was developing its activities in France, on the advice of Paul Janet and as patrons of the arts, acquired the former Ampère property which had just been put up for sale. They donated it to the "Société française des électriciens", which two years later entrusted it to the "Société des amis d'André-Marie Ampère".[2] The museum was inaugurated on 1 July 1931.


Induction Room of Ampère's Museum

The museum consists of two buildings with a total of eleven exhibition rooms, with the "guest room" of the house on the ground floor. Audioguides in French and English are available to visitors.

The museum also has a separate room, "L'espace Ampère", with seating for 50 people, which can accommodate colloquiums or meetings.

Visitors will find models reproducing the fundamental experiments in electromagnetism carried out by Ampère[3] and certain physicists of his time as Hans Christian Ørsted, Michael Faraday and many others. The public can put them into operation, find explanations and additional information, play games and thus be initiated by experience and in a playful way to the laws of electromagnetism.

Exhibition room at Ampère's Museum

In one of the rooms the visitor finds portraits, books and manuscripts associated with the Ampère family: André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836) as well as his father Jean-Jacques (1733-1793) and his son Jean-Jacques Ampère (1800-1864).

Other rooms allow visitors to travel through the history of electricity to the production of renewable energy with wind turbines, photovoltaic plants, etc...

The museum shop offers a few books and souvenirs.

Science schoolEdit

The museum offers one-day or half-day visits to contribute to pedagogical projects, from elementary school to high schools and even beyond.[4]


  1. ^ "Maison d'Ampère, Maison des Illustres". Ministère de la Culture, France. Retrieved 24 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Asch, Georges. "La société des amis d'André Marie Ampère". Bulletin de la SABIX, 37, 2004. Retrieved 24 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Christine Blondel and Bertrand Wolff. "Ampère lays the foundations of electrodynamics". Retrieved 24 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Société des Amis d'André Marie Ampère (April 2018). "Les Activités Pédagogiques de la Maison d'Ampère-Musée de l'Électricité" (PDF). (in French). Retrieved 24 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)