Visit of the House

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The house where Nicephore Niépce took the first photograph in history has been open to visitors since 2002. The house is located at 2 rue Nicéphore Niépce, 71240 Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France.

Plan your visit

  • European Heritage Days

    Take advantage of the European Heritage Days 2021 to visit the house where Nicéphore Niépce invented photography: guided tours will be organized on September 18 and 19, 2021, from 2 to 6 pm. Tickets will be sold on site – sanitary pass required.

    Exceptional visit in the presence of the co-founders of the project:
    – Jean-Louis Bruley, responsible for the reconstruction of the Pyreolophore,
    – Manuel Bonnet, direct descendant of Nicéphore Niépce, actor, co-author with Jean-Louis Marignier of the book Niépce, correspondance et papiers published by the Maison Nicéphore Niépce in 2003, and at the initiative of the bi-centenary in 2007 of the Pyréolophore of the Niépce brothers,
    – Pierre-Yves Mahé who has been in charge of the Maison Nicéphore Niépce project since its beginning in July 1999.

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  • Opening days and hours

    The Nicéphore Niépce House is open each year from July 1st to August 31st only, every day from 10am to 6pm (closed on Tuesdays).

  • Guided tours

    Guided tours take place every hour, from 10am onwards. Last tour at 5pm.

  • Fees

    Adults : €6 / Children : €3 / Students : €4.50
    For off-season visits, please consult Spéos for a quote.