House of Memory and Heritage in Chamonix

 
Last Updated: 
Thu, 06 Jan 2022

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.

Maison du Patrimoine
Maison du Patrimoine
Chamonix Town and Mont Blanc
Annual Museum Pass
Exhibition 2021

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

FERMETURE EXCEPTIONNELLE CE SAMEDI 8 ET DIMANCHE 9 JANVIER 2022

  • Open Thursday to Sunday: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • School vacation : 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • July and August : 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Closed on 1st January, 1st May 1 and 25 December.

During your visit, please respect health recommendations:

  • Health Pass mandatory
  • hand washing at the entrance
  • wear a mask (from 6 years old)
  • respect the safety distances in the rooms

Rates

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.

LA COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES DE CHAMONIX: A HISTORY OF ADAPTATION

until 14 May 2022

In 2021, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix celebrates its 200th anniversary. Founded in 1821 on the initiative of the municipality and the guides themselves, it was then confirmed by the Sardinian royal power in 1823, which gave it its first regulations. Since then, the Company has been able to adapt to political, sociological and tourist developments as well as to the mountain itself, to the development of mountaineering and to climate change. Thanks to a rich iconography, archival documents and unpublished objects, the exhibition presents the history of this prestigious institution and of the profession of guide in the Mont-Blanc massif. Come and discover 200 years of history of a company dedicated to the mountains where solidarity and adaptation are the key words.

Discover the program around the exhibition:

GUIDED TOURS

Fridays at 4.30 p.m.

GUIDES, A TRADE

  • For 200 years, the Compagnie des Guides has continued to adapt to political, social, tourist or climatic hazards ... Accompanied by a ... cultural guide, set out to conquer the exhibition.
  • Dates: 14, 21 and 28 January / 4, 18 and 25  February / 11, 18 and 25 March 2022

CHAMONIX, LAND OF GUIDES

During your visit to the exhibition "The company of Chamonix guides: a story of adaptation", discover the fate of Chamonix, a territory where you learned the profession of a guide.

  • Dates: 7 January , 11 February, 4 March,  22 April and 6 May 2022 Practical information :
  • All ages from 10 years old
  • Price: entrance fee
  • Reservations: +33 (0) 4 50 54 78 55 / E-mail

GUIDED READINGS

Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

FROM THE TEXTS OF ROGER FRISON-ROCHE

  • Who better than Roger Frison-Roche to talk about the profession of guide and the mountain? In complete privacy, browse the exhibition in the company of his stories, from the best known to the most confidential.
  • Date: 10 February 2022 at 6 p.m.

L'ANNAPURNA, A FRENCH PREMIERE

  • Around the flag of the Annapurna 1950 expedition, relive this adventure at more than 8000 meters while listening to extracts of texts relating this ascent.
  • Date: 17 February 2022 at 6 p.m.

GUIDES AND WORDS

  • Through a selection of texts, follow the "cultural" guides on a literary tour of the exhibition and discover the place of mountain guides in literature.
  • Date: 3 March 2022 at 6 p.m.
  • Practical information : All ages from 10 years old
  • Price: entrance fee
  • Reservations: +33 (0) 4 50 54 78 55 / E-mail

AUTONOMOUS GAME

On request at reception during opening hours

IN SEARCH OF LOST GUIDES

  • Using clues, browse the rooms and find the guides presented in the exhibition.
  • From 7 years old / Free
     

Contact

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