Last active mine in France, the Salines de Varangéville opened their museum at the bottom of the mine . It will even be possible to enjoy a gourmet meal there !
An unprecedented experience
Have lunch in a 90m-thick layer of salt dating back 230 million years, where you won’t be disturbed by your phone since, at this depth… no network passes. In 2017, Denis Lhommé proposed his idea for a mining museum to the management. He represents the third generation of a family of salt miners. More than an extension of his family history, this museum will also be that of an entire corporation that has made France an industrial power. The museum offer an unprecedented experience during the 2022 season : the possibility, upon reservation, of an unusual or gourmet lunch at the bottom of the mine.
An extraodinary lunch
The table is carved out of a huge block of salt. The meal is taken between the walls of salty rock, in the middle of the machines and the old tools, and by 15 degrees summer like winter. A den where the guests (from 10 to 25 people) follow a starter, main course and dessert prepared by a local caterer, and taken down via the elevator, in refrigerated or insulated boxes. A menu “which will change over the months: Zander rillettes, Lorraine pâté, mirabelle plum mousse and Liverdun madeleines… Of course, even for an extraordinary lunch, we will avoid formal attire… As for usual visits to the mine, guests must wear walking shoes or sneakers, and are equipped with fluorescent vests, helmets and the headlamp.
Varangéville salt mine
17 rue Gabriel Peri