Built in 1927, this rare Olympic-size pool is now an art gallery and museum, amalgamating a history of art and industry.
Today, the museum holds items that date back to 1835, many of which were collected from a textile factory that once stood next door. Some of the most famous paintings and sculptures include works from Rodin, Picasso, Claudel and other contemporaries, all of which are complemented by the intriguing art-deco interior of the building.
Making use of the buildings’ original features, collections are displayed chronologically in the old pool areas, showers and changing rooms. The old pump room has become a restaurant, and a special exhibition space and garden were built within the roof-less shell of the adjoining textile factory. The interspersion of art and industry continues in the botanical garden, which focuses on plants used in the textile industry. You can trace the history of both elements with a senses trail, games and other resources.