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 artworks 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.
 

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.

Opening times:

From 1st September to 19 September 2021 included: every day (except Tuesday): 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Closure from 20 September 2021 for works

In order to visit the museum in the best conditions possible the health precautions are* :

  • Health Pass mandatory;

  • washing hands at the entrance is mandatory;

  • wearing a mask is mandatory from 6 years old;

  • respect of safety distances in the rooms (2 meters).

Rates:

Standard ticket (Adults): €6
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: €2.50. Free for group guides.

Group rate available for > 10 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.

September 2021 Schedule:

GUIDED TOURS

THE HERITAGE OF MONT BLANC

Wednesdays, September 15, 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Learn about the scientific adventures behind the conquest of Mont Blanc and the mountaineering.

Discover the tourist boom in Chamonix, its metamorphosis until the creation of winter sports and contemplate our artistic selection, a true historical witness of the evolution of the landscape...

From 10 years old / On reservation / Price: entrance fee to the museum

IN AUTONOMY

on request at reception on the opening hours of the Têtes de mules museum!

MULES HEADS!

Prankster mules are hidden in the rooms of the museum, will you be able to find them?

From 18 months / Free

RALLYE SELFIES: OBJECTIVE 7 PLACES

1 road book, 7 works, 7 places to discover.

Pick up your notebook at the Alpine Museum and set off on an adventure through the streets of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Travel through the history of the city, take a photo of yourself and keep your notebook as a souvenir.

From 3 years old / € 6 per booklet

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

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EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS

SATURDAY 18 AND SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2021

Visit the Alpine Museum with free access from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Discover the program below:

Saturday and Sunday, family entertainment 10:30 am to 12 noon:

TRAVEL IN IMAGES

And if we entered the paintings ... After having explored the landscape through the paintings of the museum, let's share our impressions.

From 5 years old / On reservation (limited places)

Saturday and Sunday, guided tours from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.:

FLASH COLLECTIONS

During your visit, let yourself be surprised by spontaneous interventions that will reveal the collections to you in a flash!

From 6 years old Saturday and Sunday, independently during opening hours:

MULES HEADS!

Prankster mules are hidden in the rooms of the museum, will you be able to find them?

From 18 months / On request at reception

 

Contact:

Tel 04 50 55 29 46
Email: musee-alpin@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr

www.cc-valleedechamonixmontblanc.fr

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Nearest bus stop: Place du Mont-Blanc / Mummery. Mulet stop: Michel Croz. 

Nearest train stop: Chamonix Centre train station.

Nearest car park: Mont-Blanc and Poilu car parks (paid parking).