Musee Montagnard, Museum of the Mountains in Les Houches

 
Last Updated: 
Mon, 03 Oct 2022

"Musee Montagnard" or Museum of the Mountains of Les Houches was established in 1977 in the center of the village with the purpose of housing a large collection of furniture, utensils, equipment, still used in some parts of the Arve Valley until 1950 for agro-pastoral chores, both in farm houses and in alpine chalets.

Musee Montagnard in Les Houches, Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley Copyright @ Musee Montagnard
Musee Montagnard in Les Houches, Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley Copyright @ Musee Montagnard
Musee Montagnard in Les Houches, Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley Copyright @ Musee Montagnard
Musee Montagnard in Les Houches, Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley Copyright @ Musee Montagnard
Musee Montagnard in Les Houches, Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley Copyright @ Musee Montagnard
Annual Museum Pass

This beautiful collection was donated to Les Houches by Mr. Albert Laprade, an eminent architect and urban planner, a member of the Institute who dedicated his life to protecting Chamonix's rich heritage.

It continues to grow thanks to the generosity of many donors. This museum is housed in one of the oldest houses in the village center, in the contemporary Baroque church (1750); it has the appearance of a traditional farm, it was built for the use of a brotherhood, the so-called "confrerie" (association composed of clergy men and laity) that in 1750, occupied the ground floor for meetings or potlucks.

New: The museum has expanded! Additional 80 m²: permanent exhibition, new kiosk, video projections, mediation room.

The association "Dans L'Temps" is no longer the manager of the museum, this task has been the responsibility of the Community of Municipalities of the Chamonix Valley since 2013, although the association remains an indispensable support of the museum, especially for temporary exhibitions.

Opening dates:

The Montagnard Museum has resumed its usual opening hours:

School holidays: from Wednesday to Friday from 2:00 pm to 6 pm;

July - August : every day except Tuesday from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. 

Out of school holidays: only on reservation * from Monday to Friday according to availability (min. 2 pers.)

Closed on 1st January. 1st May and 25 December

Rates:

Standard ticket (Adults): €4
Reduced ticket (visitors with a guest card, for seniors and resident card holders) : €3
Free admission for visitors under 18 (museum visit in family)

Groupe (min. 10 pers.) : enfant €2.50 / adulte €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.

More info and reservation: musee-montagnard@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr
Tel: +33 7 60 04 14 26

Temporary Exhibition:

With family

All Saints holidays: from October 22 to 6 November 2022

ONCE UPON A TIME IN LES HOUCHES 

Wednesdays October 26 and 2nd November at 10:30 am

A journey through time: observe, share and slip into the costume of a mountain dweller to discover and experience the activities of yesteryear.

From 6 years old / On reservation / 4€ per participant

ALPINE READINGS

Fridays October 28 and 4 November at 10:30 am

Listen carefully and let yourself be guided through the exhibition through mountain pasture stories! In partnership with the Houches media library

From 6 years old / Reservation recommended / Price: entrance fee to the museum (free -18 years old)

AUTONOMOUS GAMES

OBJECT HUNT Keep your eyes open to spot the objects in the museum that will reveal their secrets to you!
As soon as you have mastered reading or with the help of an adult

EXHIBITION GAME BOOKLET With the Gentian cow, discover the temporary exhibition and unlock the secrets of life in the mountain pastures!
From the mastery of reading and writing.

 

Musee Montagnard

2, place de l'Eglise
74310 Les Houches
Tel: +33 7 60 04 14 26
Email: musee-montagnard@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr