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

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 Museu
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.
If you are interested to read more about, be sure there is a brief description provided in both languages: English and French.

Chinese room from Chamonix Alpine Museum
Paintings collection at the Alpine Museum
The gallery from Alpine Museum
Annual museum pass

So, if you are in Chamonix and  you are interested in history and culture, you should definitely take some time and go visit the museum.

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

Practical info:

Open every day except Tuesday: 2pm-6pm;
School holidays every day except Tuesday: 10am-12pm / 2pm-6pm;
July - August: every day 10am-1pm / 2pm-6pm;

Closure 2018:
From 26th May to 30th June;
From 1st to 21st of October;
From 5th November to 21st December;
During the closures is possible to receive groups on reservation only;
Closed on December 25th, January 1st and May 1st.

Rates:

Standard ticket (Adults): €5,90
Reduced ticket (visitors with a guest card, for seniors and resident card holders) : €4,70
Free admission for visitors under 18 (museum visit in family)
Visits in group (min 15 persons under reservations): Adults: €4,70. Children: €2,30

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.

Programme winter 2018

From 3rd September to 30th September 2018 from 2 pm to 6 pm. 
Closed on Tuesdays. 
Closed from the 1st to the 21st of October included. 

From 22nd October to 4 November 2018. 
Closed on Tuesdays. 
From 10 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm. 
Closed from November 5th to December 21st. 

From 22nd December 2018 to 7th January 2019. 
Closed on Tuesdays. 
Exceptional closures on holidays. 
From 10 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 6 pm. 

Exhibition:

"Heritage of Mont-Blanc"
      July 2016 - December 2018

The Alpin Museum proposes you to discover the historical and artistic patrimony of the territory of Mont-Blanc every day except Tuesday 10am-12pm / 2pm-6pm.

The permanent exhibition invites you to discover the history of the Chamonix valley from the beginnings of mountaineering and the challenge of climbing mont Blanc to the great scientific adventures at 4,000m above sea level and the creation of winter and summer sports.

 

Contact:

Avenue Michel Croz
74400 Chamonix
Tel +33 4 50 53 25 93
(Attention phone currently unavailable,
contact the museum by mail only)

Email: musee-alpin@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr