Set in the historic 14th century Château des Rubins, just behind the Eglise St Jacques in Sallanches, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde is a museum dedicated to the Alps.
Set across 5 floors, an interactive journey will take you from glaciology and geology, to some close encounters with the resident taxidermy (a wolf, a lynx and a bear, among others!). As well as panels explaining the different exhibits, there are films to watch, a large interactive screen at the entrance; a visit to the museum is a full sensory and tactile journey!
The lift goes as far as the 3rd floor, and after that buggies are not permitted.
On the ground floor, at the entrance, is a wonderful library and gift shop.
Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops for children
Les mardis: raquette en famille and other nature outings
This winter season 2018, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde is organising lots of fantastic outings – Les mardis: raquette en famille on Tuesday afternoons (different locations, depending on snow cover) and Sortie nocturne en raquette / price: 10€ for children and 15€ for adults / see agenda for more details.
Journée Portes Ouvertes
During the month of May, there is a Journée Portes Ouvertes (free access to the museum, with lots of activities for the whole family).
The Centre de la Nature Montagnarde puts of lots of other activities in nature for the whole family, throughout the year: snow-shoeing, astronomy . . . see here for more details.
1st June – 30th September: Monday to Saturday 10h to 12:30 / 14h to18h30; Sundays 14h to 18h;
1st October – 31st May: Wednesday to Saturday 14h to 18h;
School Holidays: Monday to Saturday 10h to 12h / 14h to 18h;
National Holidays: 14h to 18h (except 25 December, 1st January and 1st May);
Adults (> 16 ans): 7€;
Children (6 – 16 ans): 4,50€;
Families: (2 adults and 2 children): 20€;
Château des Rubins
105 montée des Rubins
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 58 32 13
Parking: there is free parking in the Parking Château des Rubins/du Lévant
*Good to know: the museum is located a short walk from the church playground and Sallanches’ Saturday market, so a day can be planned around this.*