Espace Tairraz in Chamonix - L'Espace Alpinisme


The "Espace Tairraz" is an exhibition hall in Chamonix, that was completely remodelled in 2011. It is a modern space, half-buried in a concrete bunker, that hosts the Crystal Museum and numerous exhibitions that rotate over the course of a year.

Espace Tairraz is designed around electronic and mechanical devices. The Climbing Simulator is the first of its kind. Using the interactive exhibition modules, visitors can initiate expeditions to distant peaks, climb prestigious faces and better understand famous climbing routes. It is an educating and entertaining experience for all ages.

Espace Tairraz in Chamonix Copyright @ Espace Tairraz
Des Glaciers et des Hommes, exibhition in Chamonix Copyright @ Espace Tairraz
Geology Room Copyright @ Espace Tairraz
Fluorite - Crystal Exhibition Copyright @ Espace Tairraz
Sideritte - Crystal Exhibition at Espace Tairraz Copyright @ Espace Tairraz
Crystal collection of the Mineralogy Club of Chamonix Copyright @ Espace Tairraz
The Crystal Museum at Espace Tairraz Access Map Copyright @ Espace Tairraz
Annual Museum Pass

The Crystal Museum
Le Musée des Cristaux is a permanent exhibition of the crystal collections of the Mineralogy Club of Chamonix. An extraordinary variety of crystalline minerals that have been found in the Alps and around the world is on display. The exhibition features local smoky quartz varieties and red fluorites. Some minerals on display in the glass cases are from the "Lesage" Collection acquired by the town of Chamonix and on loan from private collectors.
The exhibition presents the aesthetic qualities of minerals and an educational piece about the formation of quartz crystals. A rich journey of colours for both adults and children.
During school holidays, every Thursday afternoon at 2:30pm and 4:30pm, the Museum provides tours guided by members of the Mineralogy Club of Chamonix.


Adults: €5,90
Children (-18): Free of charge (family visit).
Group adults: €4,70 (Group price from 15 people, free entrance for group guide).
Group children: €2,30 (Group price from 15 people, free entrance for group guide).

Reduced price for (Guest card, resident, seasonal, senior, student, local, large family, disabled) with presentation of the voucher : €4,70
Entrance to the Alpine Museum allows free access to Espace Tairraz (temporary exhibition and Museum of Crystals).

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. On sale at the museums.

Opening dates:

Every day from 2pm to 6pm;
School holidays every day from 10am to 1pm / 2pm to 6pm;
July - August, every day from 10am to 6pm;
Reception of groups in the morning by appointment.

Closed on December 25th December and 1st January, 1st May;
Closed from Sunday 27th May to Saturday 2nd June.


  • Mountaineering Time: interactive exhibition.
  • Musée des Cristaux: permanent exhibition.

St Michel: 615 allée du Recteur Payot,
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 4 50 55 53 93