Visitors centre of the Gran Paradiso National Park - Alpinart: "The Cogne mine..."
Open from 26 December 2019 to 6 January 2020
from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Possibility of extraordinary openings, on reservation, for groups of over 15 people and with an additional price of 2 € on the access ticket.
Opening times are subject to variations: we advice to verify them on the web site reported in the “Contact” area.
Full-price ticket: 3 €
Reduced entrance-fee: 1,50 € students aged up to 25 years (from 19 to 25 years with document certifying the student’s condition), persons accompanying disabled visitors, groups led by tour or nature guides.
Free entry: children aged up to 6 years, disabled visitors, tourist or hiking guides.
Reductions: for owners of “Carta Amico di Cogne”, Touring Club Italiano members and their families, persons accompanying Touring Club Junior’s members and owners of the access ticket to Parc Animalier d’Introd, Bard Fortress, M.A.V.
The visit is included in the Fondation Grand Paradis joint ticket (full price € 8.00, reduced entrance-fee € 4.00), valid for a year from the date of issue for visiting the sites run by the Fondation Grand Paradis.
The exhibition centre Alpinart
Exhibition on the magnetite mine in Cogne, with an illustration of its history, geology, the mining complex and the activities that were carried out there.
The exhibition features tools and instruments used by the miners, as well as the showing of the film “Le miniere”, shot in 1938 by Marco Elter for the “Istituto Luce”.
The visitors centre
The visitors centre of the Gran Paradiso National Park is a research laboratory: the concept revolves around using and managing the land, only possible through the in-depth knowledge of environmental data.
The centre is intended for a heterogeneous and varied public: schools, tourists, residents and experts.
Visitors can choose either the “spectacular and thrilling” approach or stop for increasingly detailed discussions. The water, the wood-field, wildlife and man are the themes that characterise the exhibition route which is not organised into a set path. Visitors can choose their “route” according to their specific interests and the level of detail they are looking for.
Hydraulic Power Section
The development of iron metallurgy and other industries in the Aosta Valley originated from the extraction activities of magnetite in the mines of Cogne and from the presence of local renewable energy sources such as water.
In Cogne, one of the first stations to have used water as an energy source was the hydraulic power station of Molina, acquired by Carlo Jeantet and then donated for display in the Hydraulic Power Section in the exhibition dedicated to mining, where it is possible to see the restored station and a video which explores its historical and technical elements.