Until November 20, 2022, the Villa du Temps Retrouvé of Cabourg, in Normandy pays tribute to Gustave Eiffel.
A visionary scientist
The Villa du Temps retrouvé, llocated in Normandy pays tribute to Gustave Eiffel, engineer-builder, visionary scientist and author of the famous tower that bears his name. The exhibition invites you to discover this essential personality through his major works and his participation in the Universal Exhibitions, of which the 300-meter tower is the most striking symbol. Bold, curious, visionary and a spearhead in metal construction, Gustave Eiffel single-handedly embodies the breath of optimism and innovation that carried the Belle Époque.
A leader of men
Born in 1832, The constructor embodies the typical figure of the construction engineer and accomplishes a career that is both exemplary and extraordinary thanks to his incomparable qualities as an organizer, leader of men capable of surrounding himself with the best elements, and thanks to his visionary genius. Inhabited by the same curiosity and the same momentum that spanned the century, he distinguished himself in two types of career: that of a builder and business manager who responded to numerous orders for the construction of metal structures, as well as that of of a scientist passionate about meteorology, radiotelegraphy and aerodynamics.
Through his constructions and his scientific research, Gustave Eiffel participated in the industrial audacity and the breath of optimism and innovation that carried the Belle Époque. The first part of the exhibition is dedicated to his life, to his family, professional and friendly relationships. It is illustrated by documents from the collection of the Musée d’Orsay. It also presents some of his great works such as the Bordeaux bridge (1858-1860). The exhibition continues with Eiffel in Normandy. He worked throughout his life in Normandy, first as a regular supplier to the railway companies. We owe him many works in this regard as well as achievements such as the Normandy bridge.
Villa du temps retrouvé
15 Avenue du President Raymond Poincaré,