Cité du design


Established on the site of the arms factory "Manufacture d'Armes de St-Etienne", in the heart of the creative district of Manufacture-Plaine-Achille, Cité du Design is a centre of higher education, research and experimentation, conferences and exhibitions.


The observatory tower, which is 32 metres high, gives the opportunity to admire a 360° panorama on the town.
Place of innovation and research, the Cité du Design is dedicated to all the publics : students, designers, professionnals, schools... Exhibitions are regularly held and the Cité du Design organised conventions, lectures, etc...


Adult: 4.50 to 6 €.

Free entry for children < 26 years, press, Job-seeker, the students.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

VISIT OF TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS : full price 5€ - Half price 4€
GUIDED TOURS : full price 6,50€ - reduced price 5,50€.
Free opening eahc 1st sunday of month with free access to the observatory tower (only day of opening 1st sunday of month).
Free for children under 12, ESADSE students, teachers.
Reduced price for students, unemployed, handicapped persons, family discount, persons over 65 and under 26, groups of more than 10 people.

Opening period

From 01/01/2024 to 31/03/2025
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, Easter Monday, Feast of the Ascension, Whit Monday, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.

Spoken languages

  • English English
  • French French


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Cité du design 3 rue Javelin Pagnon 42000 Saint-Étienne 04 77 49 74 70