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Innovation as heritage

From its industrial past, when Rouen was one of France’s most dynamic cloth-making cities, to the activity of its port and quays, meeting place for the world’s finest sailing ships during the Armada, the Normandy capital is a land of conquest.

Trace the history of Rouen's textile adventure

From the days when the Normandy capital was a pioneer of the French Industrial Revolution with its workshops, manufactures and moulins shaping its urban landscapes. Vibrate to the pulse of its port, today Europe’s leading grain exporter. Discover the talent of its industries of excellence focused on the future and the mobility of the future. At the Armada, a gathering of the world’s most beautiful sailing ships on the quays of the Seine, right in the heart of the city, you’ll feel this spirit of conquest and innovation.

The Knowledge Factory

Dive into the rich industrial past of Elbeuf, just a few kilometers from Rouen, and discover a museum with inventive scenography of nearly 45,000 works, objects and naturalized animals. This cultural and educational heart explores the Elbeuvian epic through the history of the Seine, industrial heritage, archaeology and the natural sciences. The Fabrique des savoirs offers year-round temporary exhibitions on a variety of themes for the whole family, and in fact holds the national label “Musée Joyeux“!

La Corderie Vallois

Relive the atmosphere of a nineteenth-century textile factory! At the musée de la Corderie Vallois, just outside Rouen, you’ll plunge back into the days when the linen, cotton and wool industry was Normandy’s leading industrial activity.

The industrial port

Welcome to the heart of Europe’s leading grain export port! Embark on a immersion in its teeming activity and discover the work of Men and the History of this river of a thousand adventures. Discover its fascinating activity, sample the lively atmosphere of its quays and immerse yourself in its odyssey at Musée maritime fluvial et portuaire de Rouen.

The industry of excellence

Rouen is a land of innovation. Here, we embellish the everyday and invent the future. Automotive, healthcare, aeronautics… Just 1H30 from Paris, enter the heart of the Normandy capital’s industry of excellence.

A city on the move

In Rouen and the Seine Valley, we innovate and look to the future. The mobility of the future is one of the major thrusts of Rouen’s industry, which has become a territory for innovations in our means of transport.