The mountain museum evokes rural life in the mountains through the reconstitution of the rooms of the traditional habitat and the presentation of ethnographic objects used in the past in the valley of Chamonix.
The Montagnard Museum has been installed since 1977 in one of the oldest houses in the center of Les Houches. Through thematic rooms and three reconstructed rooms of the traditional habitat, it presents a collection of objects used in the past in the Chamonix valley for agropastoral tasks and for daily life. Two rooms host the temporary exhibition, renewed every year.
AUX HOUCHES : MONT BORREL AND LE MANCHOIR, FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN PASTURES
Until May 21st 2023
In the past, families from Vaudagne, a hamlet of Les Houches, occupied the alpine pastures of Mont Borrel and Manchoir in spring and autumn.
This practice implies a particular organization, punctuated by the seasonality of agricultural work. With the decline of agropastoralism, these mountain pastures, exploited since the end of the Middle Ages, were gradually abandoned in the 1950s before becoming places for walking.
The exhibition of the Montagnard Museum relates the memory of these spaces and of those who lived there, to better evoke their current evolution.
Guided tours, animations and workshops for young and old are offered during school vacations.
Self-guided activity "Object Hunt": Keep your eyes open for objects in the museum that will reveal their secrets to you!
From 3 years old / Free / On request at the reception during opening hours
Groups : Guided tour of the permanent exhibition by reservation all year round
Individuals and families: Self-guided or guided tours of the permanent exhibition on reservation outside school vacations (min. 2 persons).
Full price: 4 €
Reduced price: 3 € (Reduced fare upon presentation of the voucher : (Guest card, resident, seasonal, senior, student, local, large family, disabled).)
Group adults: 3 €
Group children: 2.50 €.
From 01/01/2023 to 08/01/2024
Full price: 4.10 €
Reduced price: 3.10 €
Group adults: 3.10 €
Group children: 2.50 €.
Free entry for children < 18 years.
Group rate available for > 10 people.
MUSEUM PASS € 15: Unlimited entry for 1 year for all museums in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc valley network
For sale at the entrance of the museums; bring your ViaCham card and an ID photo.
From 08/04 to 09/05/2023, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st.
From 01/07 to 31/08 between 2.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Tuesday.
From 21/10 to 06/11/2023, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
From 23/12/2023 to 08/01/2024, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.
74310 Les Houches
Nearest train stop : Les Houches train station
Nearest car parks: Mairie / Freney (Carrefour Contact)