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The Mill Museum of Villeneuve d'Ascq

By staying at the Hotel Morphée in Villeneuve d'Ascq, you will surely have to stroll around the city. A drive or visit can take you to the mill museum which is 1km from the hotel.

It is an original museum, atypical and somewhat disconcerting, due to its architecture and exhibits.

The museum is devoted to milling, its technical and technological evolution is told. This retrospective makes it possible to become aware of the life of the millers throughout the centuries.

You will hear about molinology during your visit. And if this neologism is not familiar to you, it comes from English, and means scientific study of windmills.

In a modern presentation, the museum shows visitors the technical aspects of grain grinding and oil making. He also discusses the historical, symbolic and human aspects of windmills.

From one instrument to another, we discover the technical and technological evolution of the milling industry, from the Neolithic mill to the new modern roller mills. The various energies used since its invention, that is to say from the driving force of the human hand to electricity, to the use of wind, gas, water... A small stop at the mill of Olieux, will allow you to get acquainted with the technique of making oil.

The oil was obtained mainly from rapeseed, linseed, camelina, flaxseed or hemp seed.
The flour mill is majestic and easily attracts the eye, and next to it is the wheel and the martinet of an old mill and a small windmill.
The watermill enriches the collection of the Center de molinologie.

By staying at the Hotel Morphée Villeneuve d'Ascq, with its 68 rooms, you will be a 5-minute walk from the museum.

Opening time :
All year round from Monday to Friday (10am-12pm / 2pm-5pm),
Closed in August and between Christmas and New Year.
By appointment for groups.
 
Contact information :
Street Albert Samain
59650 Villeneuve d'Ascq
phone number : + 33 3 20 05 49 34