House of Memory and Heritage in Chamonix

 
Last Updated: 
Thu, 09 Jul 2020

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
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Current exhibition

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 and rates

From 22 May to 28 June 2020: Open from Thursday to Sunday from 2 pm to 5.30 pm.

July & August 2020: Open from Thursday to Sunday, from 10 am to 1 pm & from 2 pm to 5.30 pm.

September 2020: Open from Thursday to Sunday, from 2 pm to 5.30 pm.

Public Reception

  • Only the individual or family audience is welcome (group reception is not possible), within the limit of 10 people maximum in the building;
  • Visitors are waiting outside the building in accordance with the distance instructions;
  • The reception agent regulates public attendance in the different spaces of the museum so that the rules of physical distance can be respected. Specific signage with traffic direction is in place;
  • The lockers are temporarily inaccessible;
  • Guided tours resume from July: find the program here;
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory;
  • Hydro-alcoholic gel is available at the entrance to the museum, its use is compulsory when entering the museum and before consulting the books in the shop;
  • Payment by credit card and contactless is preferred.

Rates

Adult: €4
Children: Free (up to 18 years)
Concessions: students, 65+, unemployed, cards, guests, residents: €3
Groups from 10 persons: Adult €3 - Child 2,30 € - Driver and accompanying persons free entrance

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.

Exhibition

HIGHLIGHTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. 3 CENTURIES OF TOURIST PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHAMONIX - until 27 September 2020

Travel through the photographic and tourist history of Chamonix from the middle of the 19th century to today, through the great sites that have made it famous.

Discover how photography has helped shape the image of this exceptional territory, thanks to old views of Bisson, Couttet, Tairraz but also those of contemporary photographers such as Alex Buisse, Mario Colonel, Eric Courcier, Arthur Ghilini, Quentin Iglésis, Bruno Magnien and Pascal Tournaire.

Guided Tours in English: 16 July, 30 July, 6 August & 20 August, from 4 pm.

Guided Tours in French: 10, 17, 24 & 31 July and 7, 14 & 21 August, from 4 pm.

Contact

Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine

Tel : +33 4 50 54 78 55
Email : accueilmmp@chamonix.fr
Web : www.chamonix.fr