Alpine Museum in Chamonix Mont Blanc

The Chamonix Alpine Museum is situated in the centre of town, in the Chamonix-Palace. Not as big as it seems from the outside, representing only the first two floors of the magnificent palace, but spacious enough to host some exceptional collections of print art works created from the late 18th to the early 20th century.

Alpine Museum seen from outside
Alpine Museum in winter
Alpine Museum

Situated in the old "Chamonix Palace" (the first of three palaces which were built in Chamonix at the beginning of the 20th century), The Chamonix Alpine museum provides an accurate and interesting history of the valley.

On two floors, there is a fascinating range of exhibits covering the geological and human history of Chamonix.

The first floor gives an overview of the history of mountaineering and winter sports in the area. 

You could spend a couple of hours in there easily discovering some interesting histories of the women and men who first climbed Mont Blanc in the late 18th centuries. A precious collection of books, maps used by the first alpine mountaineers can be also found at the museum... even some personal diaries in which the mountaineers had shared their thoughts during expeditions.

The first alpine mountaineers
Alpine Museum's collection
Jackob Anderegg's alpine diary
The parasol of Horace-Bénédict de Saussure
Books collection at Alpine Museum
History of the alpinistes in Mont-Blanc
Sledge used for the the first mountain ascents

The second floor mainly consists of a great selection of Alpine paintings. A large collection of paintings which varies from amateur to some stunning attempts at capturing the atmosphere of the mountains deserving of closer inspection.

All paintings are a history book in themselves, spotlighting the growth and development of the valley over more than a century.
 

Chinese room from Chamonix Alpine Museum

The Alpine Museum is a must-see for everyone who is passionate about culture, history and beauty in general, but also for those who are in love with everything related to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc.

News Alpine Museum:

Between autumn 2018 and spring 2021, an important renovation project will take place at the Alpine Museum in Chamonix. Therefore, during this period it will not be possible to visit the museum.

This cultural institution, managed since 1969 by the Amis du Vieux Chamonix association, is getting older: the windows must be replaced, a lift must be installed for the access of people with reduced mobility and the floors upstairs changed.

Read here: Alpine Museum: renovation works autumn 2018 - spring 2021

Schedule:

From the 1st of September 2019 to the 18th of October 2019:

Opening hours every day, except Tuesdays, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Closed on Tuesday.

From the 19th of October 2019 to the 3rd of November 2019:

Opening hours every day, except Tuesdays, from 10 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Closed on Tuesday.

From the 4th of November 2019 to the 10th of November 2019:

Opening hours every day, except Tuesdays, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Closed on Tuesdays.

Annual closure from the 11th of November to the 1st of December 2019!

From the 2nd of December 2019 to the 20th of December 2019:

Opening hours every day, except Tuesdays, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Closed on Tuesday.

From the 21st of December 2019 to the 5th of January 2020:

Opening hours every day, except Tuesdays, from 10 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Closed on Tuesday.

Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.

Rates:

Standard ticket (Adults): €5.90
Reduced ticket: €4.70 (Reduced fare upon presentation of the voucher: Guest card, resident, seasonal, senior, student, local, large family, disabled)
Free admission for visitors under 18 (museum visits in the family)
Visits in a group (min 15 persons under reservations): Adults: €4.70. Children: €2.30. Free for group guides.

Group rate available for > 15 people.

Annual Museum Pass: €12 

You can buy an annual museum pass for all the museums (Espace Tarraiz, Alpine Museum, Maison de la Memoire du Patrimoine in Chamonix, Montagnard Museum in Les Houches, Maison du Lieutenant in Servoz and Maison de Barberine in Vallorcine) which allows you unlimited access for 1 year. 

For sale at the entrance of the museums; bring your ViaCham card and an ID photo.

Facilities and services:

  • Education visits;
  • Parking;
  • Themed tour;
  • Guided tours;
  • Shop.

Take a virtual visit to the Alpine Museum.

Special events during spring vacations of 2019:

  • Tibois makes his museum and you? Animated reading on the 19th of April, from 3 pm. After listening to the adventures of Tibois, the participants can play with the works of the museum. They can classify them, expose and photograph their "mini-museum". From 3 years old, reservation is required, limited places. 4 € per participant.
  • Who is who in Chamonix? Balmat, Whymper, Vallot ... Who are these heroes? At the Musée Alpin and in the streets of Chamonix, discover and find those who have marked the history of the valley. On the 26th of April from 10 am and on the 3rd of May from 3 pm. From 6 years old, reservation is required, limited places, 4 € per participant.
  • Rallye selfies: objective 7 places! One travel diary, seven works, seven places and seven memorable memories. Remove your notebook at the Musée Alpin and go on an adventure in the streets of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Discover the city, its history, immortalize these moments and leave with a personalized memory. From 3 years old, 4 € per participant, includes one entry to the Alpine Museum for each person and 1 booklet per family.
  • In the assault of Mont-Blanc. On the 10th and 24th of April, discover the collections related to the iconic mountain and follow in the footsteps of the men and women who have conquered the mighty mountain. For adults, reservation is required, limited places, fee: entrance to the museum.
  • History of a valley, on the 17th of April. From yesterday to today, discover the metamorphoses of the valley Chamonix Mont-Blanc, a rural area turned upside down by the first ascent of Mont Blanc and the development of the mountain tourism. From 10 years old, reservation is required, limited places, fee: entrance to the museum.
  • Ephemeral tables, land art workshop, on the 8th and 15th of April. After a visit to the museum in search of inspiration, it will be your turn to create your landscape painting. From 3 years old, reservation is required, limited places, € 4 per participant, cancellation possible in case of bad weather.

Reservations need to be made until the day before the activity, until 5 pm.

Reservations can be made at 04.50.55.29.46 or at musee-alpin@ccvcmb.fr

Check the pdf of the schedule.

Check all events in Chamonix.

Contact:

89, Avenue Michel Croz
74400 Chamonix
Tel 04 50 55 29 46
Email: musee-alpin@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr

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