Musee Montagnard, Museum of the Mountains in Les Houches

 
Last Updated: 
Wed, 15 Sep 2021

"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 6pm;

July - August : every day except Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm. Due to the current health recommendations, reservations are no longer required to visit the museum.

Closed on 1st January. 1st May 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:

Standard ticket (Adults): €4,00
Reduced ticket (visitors with a guest card, for seniors and resident card holders) : €3,00
Free admission for visitors under 18 (museum visit in family)

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

Exhibition:

"LE CHRIST-ROI DU MONT-BLANC" until 31 mai 2022

Find out the historical and technical aspects of the Christ-the-King statue above Les Houches thanks to a collection of photographs, newspapers and various testimonies.

EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS 2021

SATURDAY 18 AND SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2021

Visit the Montagnard museum and the Christ-Roi du Mont-Blanc exhibition with free access from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Discover the schedule below:

Saturday, workshop from 9:30 am to 12 noon:

CROQU'MUSÉE

Discover and draw the museum from the outside as well as from the inside thanks to the advice of illustrators.

Right side: the building and its commented history, front side: its collections presented and sketched!

From 8 years old / By reservation (limited places) / Equipment provided / In collaboration with the association Dans l'temps.

Saturday, demonstration of know-how from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

THROUGH THE WOOL

Attend demonstrations of know-how around wool with the Petits Mondes de Luciolle and Lucifer.

For all.

Sunday, family workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ALPAGE CROWN

September is back to school and for the cows too! On this occasion they wear beautiful floral crowns.

Find out why and tinker with yours. From 6 years old / By reservation (limited places).

Sunday, guided tour from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m .

THE CHRIST-KING OF MONT-BLANC

From outside and inside, discover the secrets surrounding the construction of this monumental statue and then visit the exhibition dedicated to it!

From 10 years old / By reservation (limited places) / Bring walking shoes / In collaboration with the association Dans l'temps.

Saturday and Sunday, independently during opening hours:

OBJECT HUNT

Keep an eye out for the museum's objects that will reveal their secrets to you!

From mastery of reading or with the help of an adult / On request at reception.

Info and reservations (the day before 5 p.m.): +33 7 60 04 14 26

Musee Montagnard

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