Musee Montagnard, Museum of the Mountains in Les Houches

 
 

"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, Museum of the Mountains in Les Houches 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.

The museum's management is assured by the "In The Time" Association.

New: The museum has expanded! Additional 80 m²: permanent exhibition, new kiosk, video projections, mediation room, access to the library of the association "In The Time" on appointment.

Opening dates:

The Montagnard Museum is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 6pm during school holidays only.

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

Closed on 25th December, 1st January and 1st May

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)
Visits in group (min 10 persons): Adults: €3,00. Children: €2,30

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: cecile.lapouge@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr
Tel: +33 7 60 04 14 26

Exhibition:

  • Permanent exhibition: "The safeguard of the Alpage de Charousse"

Albert Laprade is behind the creation of the Montagnard Museum, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017.

  • Temporary Exhibition: "Tourisme in Les Houches, the History!"

From 2nd July 2018 to 3rh May 2019.

In the course of its history, the village of Les Houches has undergone many transformations, notably due to the development of tourism in the region. 
In order to enhance the tourist heritage of Les Houches and reconstruct the history of the village, a call for contributions was launched by the community of Les Houches. 
Everyone was then able to bring their archives (a written document, a postcard, a photograph or an object ...). The "Great Harvest" essentially helped to collect intimate memories of the familys. 
These will enrich the heritage of the village by having them interact with the "official" public archives.  The authorities and the museum enhancement the tourism of the valley.

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