Musee Montagnard, Museum of the Mountains in Les Houches

 
Last Updated: 
Thu, 09 Jun 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
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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

Exhibition:

HOUCHES: MONT BORREL AND THE MANCHOIR, FORGOTTEN ALPAGES

From 1st July 2022 to 21 May 2023

Over time, families from Vaudagne, a hamlet in the Houches, occupy the pastures of Mont Borrel and Manchoir in the spring and fall. This practice involves a particular organization, punctuated by the seasonality of agricultural work. With the decline of agropastoralism, these pastures, which have been in operation since the late Middle Ages, were gradually abandoned in the 1950s before becoming places for walking.

The Montagnard Museum’s exhibition recounts the memory of these spaces and those who lived in them, to better evoke their current evolution.

GAME IN AUTONOMY

On request for reception during opening hours / Admission free.

OBJECT HUNTING

Open the eye to repair the objects of the museum that will reveal their secrets! From the master of reading or assisting an adult

QUIZ GAME

Answer questions to discover the museum's collections in amusing.

COUNTRY HERITAGE DAYS

On Saturday 25 June 2022, discover the local heritage with a drawing workshop at all levels at the Montagnard Museum

From 2pm to 4.30pm:

CROQU'MUSEUM

A budding or established illustrator, leave the pencil and an illustrator to guide you in an exploration of the museum and its collections!

Practical information: From 8 years old.

Free of charge.

 

Musee Montagnard

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