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House of Memory and Heritage in Chamonix

Maison du Patrimoine

The House of Memory and Heritage is intended to allow everyone to become familiar with the heritage of Chamonix Valley.

Inaugurated in 1828, the building that was at the time called the "House of the Sisters," and was built to host a girls' school run by two sisters from the Charity of La Roche-sur-Foron. The school was closed in 1831.

In the early twentieth century, Denise Weaver Eugenie inherited the house. She married Anselme Baud Claudius. It was at this time that the building takes the name of its owner and becomes the "Baud House." Their only daughter Marcelle, Sister Mary Charity donated the house to her congregation (the Sisters of Charity of La Roche-sur-Foron) in 1971.

The town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc acquired the Baud House in 2002. In 2006, a fire destroyed the house and part of the rue des Moulins. The chosen solution was an almost complete reconstruction of the building, preserving only the exterior walls. It has a characteristic regional architecture marked by a simple massing, with a classic three-sided roof forming a very significant roof overhang on the side next to rue des Moulins.

The renovation was decided by the Municipal Council in 2006 which, however, does not act on the final allocation of interior spaces. From 2009 and until the summer of 2010, the Committee on Culture reflected the allocation of a new assignment for the Baud House. It plans the realization of a House of Memory and Heritage.

This house is a place of:

  • conservation of oral and photographic archives collected from the city.
  • consultation and research: a documentary resource center available for all.
  • valuation of interpretive exhibits and cultural activities​.

A participatory project:

This House can not live without your contribution and active participation. If you have any documents that may enrich our exhibitions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Opening times

The House of Memory and Heritage is currently closed to the public until further notice.


Adult: €4
Children: Free (up to 18 years)
Concessions: students, 65+, unemployed, cards, guests, residents: €3

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.


From 17 December 2022 to 17 September 2023

Close to the great figures of his time, at the forefront of techniques and always on the lookout for new routes, André Contamine was a master for a whole generation of mountaineers. To share his passion for the mountains, he chose photography as his privileged mode of expression.

Through a selection of nearly 150 photographs, discover his enthusiastic and passionate view of mountaineering in the 1950s and 1960s.

This exhibition is designed by the Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine and the Municipal Archives of Chamonix, in partnership with Gilles Modica, journalist and writer specializing in the history of mountaineering.

Guided tours of the exhibition on Fridays at 4.30 p.m.


  • Spring: 14, 21 and 28 April and 5 May 2023

Duration 1 hour / From 10 years old / Price: entrance fee.

Reservation recommended!


Conference around the exhibition:

Thursday 20 April at 8 p.m. in the ENSA auditorium.

Conference by Gilles Modica, scientific expert of the exhibition in partnership with ENSA.

From 10 years old/


Maison de la Memoire et du Patrimoine
90 rue des Moulins
Tel : +33 4 50 54 78 55