Prototypes. From experimentation to innovation, the Occitan example

  • Category: Exhibition
  • Dates : April 17 to September 17, 2023
  • Location: Musée du Saut du Tarn de Saint-Juéry (81) - 2 Impasse des Aciéries 81160 Saint-Juéry

Every day except Saturday: 2 pm to 6 pm. July and August: 2pm to 7pm. Closed May 1st and November 1st.

Based on an original idea from the national PATSTEC network, exhibition co-produced by the regional PATSTEC missions of the University of Montpellier and the University of Toulouse, in partnership with the Centre de l'Imaginaire Scientifique et Technique and the Musée du Saut du Tarn, with financial support from the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region.

Through a series of objects, interviews and animations, visitors are led to consider the notion of prototypes. Indispensable for discoveries great and small, prototypes tell the story behind the scenes in laboratories; their history makes us aware of the challenges, but also the difficulties and hesitations. They are the fruit of collective adventures, encounters and opportunities. And prototypes sometimes leave the laboratory bench to plunge into the world of business. But beyond the technological dimension they contain, prototypes are first and foremost horizons openers, present in many fields and in a wide variety of forms. Both unique and endangered, they are today a precious heritage to be preserved for future generations, on pain of irreversible loss of knowledge.

Museum entrance fee :

  • adult: €5 / €6 (July-August) ;
  • child : 2.50 € ;
  • reduced rate : 3.50 € ;
  • under 10: free ;
  • adult group: €5.

Exhibition accessible to disabled visitors. Guided tours for groups by appointment. Telephone: 05 63 45 91 01.

Events for the general public

  • Wednesday, May 24th - 8:15pm - Open to all - Free - Public opening - Concert by Guilhem Desq.
  • Thursday, May 11 - from 6:30pm - Open to all - free of charge - No reservation required.
    FabLaB evening and Repair workshop.
    Café: 6:30pm: exhibition discovery.
    7pm: round table.
    8pm: Repair café with shared buffet.
    With ACNE, L'Association pour la Culture Numérique et l'Environnement
  • Saturday June 3 - from 2pm - Open to the public - Meeting with scientists who designed prototypes for the exhibition - projection - Art & science theme.
  • Sunday October 1st - 5pm - Open to all - Free - No reservation required - Concert GMEA - Festival Riverrun.
    The riverrun festival is one of the major events for musical creation in Occitanie. See the full program at
  • Tuesday, October 25 & Wednesday, October 26 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm - booking essential - €5 / person.
    Introduction to 3D printing by Albi FabLab.
    Wednesday, October 25 for 11-14 year-olds.
    Thursday October 26 for all publics.

    The FabLab d'Albi proposes an initiation to familiarize you with technologies, to make you autonomous and open you to new practices... 3D printing allows you to give shape to some of your desires, your inventions of all kinds.

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