Musée de la Serrure - Bricard
This museum provides a glimpse into the history of locks, encompassing the Roman times and the present day. It is is installed in the Hôtel Libéral Bruand, erected in 1685 by architect Libéral Bruant, and characterised by the series of rondels on the facade, featuring decorations with cornucopias. The site was Bruant's personal home, later purchased and restored by the Bricard company specialising in decorative locks and iron works. The stairwells are decorated with illusional paintings of trompe d'oeil, a typical feature of the Baroque period.
The museum displays a vast variety of bronze keys and iron keys, as well as gothic door decorations and intricate doors and windows works in iron, such as the fittings for Napoléon's palace doors. The curiosities include an ensemble of locks that attacked you if you try a false key. Of particular note is the 17th-century piece produced by a craftsman who was kept a hostage for four years while creating it. The collections date from the Gallo-Roman period, the Medieval times and from the 16th to the 19th Centuries. The site even boasts a locksmith's workshop.
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