Exhibition "Evian's popularity, the golden age of the spa"
With approximately one and a half billion litres sold each year in more than 140 countries, Evian water is now known worldwide. This success sometimes makes us forget that Evian is also a spa whose origins go back to the end of the 18th century.
This exhibition and catalogue will highlight the extraordinary rise of Evian, a modest Savoyard village on the shores of Lake Geneva, which in just a few decades became one of the most important towns for water in France.
After the failure of a local attempt in the early years of the 19th century, then a modest start thanks to Geneva's wealth, the resort experienced a spectacular growth between 1882 and the First World War, with simultaneous action by the Society of Mineral Waters and the local authorities. Most of the treatment, accommodation and entertainment facilities were built, rebuilt or renovated then (theatre, casino, baths, buvette, hotels, palaces, as well as many private villas), leaving Evian with an exceptional built thermal heritage and a strong cultural identity.
During the Belle Epoque, Evian was a fashionable resort, the "pearl of Lake Geneva" boasted posters, brochures and tourist guides.
Between legends and historical reality, the exhibition "The golden age of the spa in Evian", from the late 19th century to the 1930s, will invite the visitor to explore the memory of the spa resort.
Curator: Françoise Breuillaud-Sottas, historian
From 07/04 to 04/11/2018, daily between 2 PM and 6 PM.
Full price: 3.50 €, Tarif réduit: 2.50 €.
Free entry for children < 10 years.