The Pass'erelle

The Pass'erelle is a wonderful idea from Jean Nouvel that makes a magical contribution to the site. It forms the symbolic link between all the site's various spaces, tracing the route followed by the coal from the Belvedere to the sorting and washing plant, which no longer exists.

It symbolises the connection between modernity and history, the abandoned colliery's transition to a living place explaining the relationships between science and society.

It stretches 210 metres (690 feet), taking the visitor along a moving pavement to the Belvedere, 17 metres (56 feet) above the ground. Acting as the reception space, it gives access to all the exhibition spaces: the Belvedere, the Children's Street and the Exhibition Hangar.

It houses the interactive exhibition Mister Machine, as well as the ticket office, reception and shop.