Alpine Museum in Chamonix Mont Blanc

 

The Alpine Museum is currently closed for renovation work.

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:

Since Monday 20 September 2021, the Alpin Museum has been closed to public for renovation work.

According to the Commune of the Commune of the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley, this ambitious global renovation project is expected to last for 4 years. The Alpin Museum will also be the Mont-Blanc Museum, which will allow the donation of the territory of a structured and innovative equipment, to the height of today's cultural issues and tomorrow. It participates in diversifying the tourist activities of the valley in the context of the climatic regulation.

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.

During the closing for renovation, discover our cultural appointments outside the walls:

A PALACE AT THE FOOT OF THE MONT-BLANC : Tuesday 14 June at 5 p.m.

Find yourself in front of a closed museum but what an idea! The opportunity to understand how this luxury building has made its place in the mountains.

We will observe the architecture, share its history, its different uses and talk about the installation of the Alpine Museum and its renovation.

Info about the event:

  • All audiences from 10 years
  • Free of charge
  • Outdoors: Provide weather-appropriate clothing
  • Reservations: 04 50 55 29 46 / Email

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).