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Exposition "Le Titanic et Marconi"


From 15 Jul 2022 to 15 Aug 2022

14:00 - 18:00

Steeve Lonfat and his son William have built the Titanic in LEGO which will be exhibited this summer in the Fondation Marconi. 60'000 LEGO bricks, 128 Kg, 3m long, it is on a scale of 1:90.
3 years were necessary between the study of the plans, the physical tests of resistance, the assembly of the parts and finally the transport and the setting under case to protect it.


The exhibition pays tribute to the inventor Guglielmo Marconi, the illustrious guest who saved more than 700 passengers on the Titanic, and to Alexis Bochatay, the chef from Salvan, who was on board and died in the sinking.

In the summer of 1895, Marconi went to the "climatic" resort of Salvan sur Martigny, whose reputation had spread far beyond the borders of Switzerland. Assisted by Maurice Gay-Balmaz, a young SaIvanin of about ten years old, he worked there for nearly a month and managed to transmit a message more than 1.5 km from the point of transmission. This was one of the first wireless telegraphy links.

The Marconi Foundation is now paying tribute to this Nobel Prize winner and is addressing the tragedy of the Titanic, which highlighted the humanitarian role of wireless technology. Marconi's invention enabled the Titanic to send out SOS (Save our Souls) and CQD (Come Quickly Distress) distress messages. More than 700 survivors were saved.
Alexis Bochatay, a cook on the liner, born on 27 November 1881 in Granges sur Salvan (Valais), disappeared at sea off the coast of Newfoundland when the Titanic sank on the night of 14 to 15 April 1912. Nothing predestined this farmer's son and carpenter to follow such a path.

The exhibition consists of:

  • Radios and photos from 1895 to 1950 
  • Videos 
  • Audio recordings 
  • Model of the liner Titanic 
  • Exceptional Marconi TSF equipment from the Titanic


Admission - CHF 5.00
AVS/students - CHF 3.00
Children (-16 years) - free



Fondation Marconi


  • Du 15 Jul 2022 au 15 Aug 2022
    Every day
    De 14:00 à 18:00



Rue Marconi 1
1922 Salvan

Location / Access

GPS coordinates :
46.12093578211421, 7.0208770035606

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