The Earthquake Information Center is managed by the C-PRIM, an association dedicated to raising awareness about major risks (avalanches, landslides, flooding...) in the mountain areas. It is open from Tuesday to Friday (as well as the first and third Saturday of the month) from 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00.
In accordance with an agreement signed with the municipality of Lourdes and the French State, the association Centre Pyrénéen des Risques Majeurs (C-PRIM) is in charge of the scientific animation and awareness-raising activities of the Earthquake Information Center (Maison de la connaissance du risque sismique), located in Lourdes, in front of the Funicular of the Pic du Jer.
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Did you know that Lourdes is one of the areas with the highest seismic activity in France?
That’s why it has an educative and awareness-raising center dedicated to the understanding of seisms and their effects: the Earthquake Information Center (Maison de la connaissance du risque sismique), unique in the country.
During your visit, you will be able to use several interactive models illustrating the effects of earthquakes on buildings, observe seismometers and their live recordings, as well as feel a quake on a simulator with virtual reality.
You can visit the Earthquake Information Center from Tuesday to Friday (as well as the first and third Saturday of the month) from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00. The address is 59 avenue Francis Lagardère 65100 Lourdes (follow the signs "Maison de la sismicité" or "Funiculaire"). The facilities are accessible in wheelchair. Pets are allowed held in arms.
You can visit by yourself or book a guided visit. Specific activities are offered to children. The explanatory panels are mostly in French and partly in English/Spanish/Italian. If you don't read French at all, it might be better to book a guided visit in English or Spanish.
The guided visits should be booked in advance for individuals or groups (up to 15 persons). These tours, guided by a scientific mediator, can be adapted to various audiences and available in French, English or Spanish.
The admission to the Earthquake Information Center is free of charge for autonomous visits.
The fee of the guided tours are as follows:
- Basic fee: 5 € per person (free for children under 6).
- Family discount: 15 € for 5 persons including at least 1 child.
- Workshop for children (up to four 6-12 years old children): 10 €.
- School discount: 50 € per class.
- Associations: 100 € (up to 30 persons).
Payments can be made by wire transfer, check or cash. For groups, feel free to contact us per e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (+33 5-62-34-25-83 or +33 6-40-07-78-19) to receive a cost estimation.
The Earthquake Information Center was created thanks to European funds as well as the input and support of several scientific institutions :