Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (Sallanches)

[¬†NOTE – the ūüźĽ¬†Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches is undergoing a huge renovation project, and is set to re-open in 2020. While it is shut to the public during the works, you can visit the affiliate site (rue de Doran, old m√©diath√®que site) / guided tours only summer 2019 ]

Set in the historic 14th century ūüŹį¬†Ch√Ęteau des Rubins, just behind the Eglise Saint-Jacques in Sallanches, the¬†ūüźĽ¬†Centre de la Nature Montagnarde is a museum dedicated to ūüŹĒ¬†the Alps.

Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in the Ch√Ęteau des Rubins¬†¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in the Ch√Ęteau des Rubins¬†¬© montblancfamilyfun.com

Set across 5 floors, an interactive journey transports visitors 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 ūüé•films to watch, a large interactive screen at the entrance . . . a visit to¬†the museum is a full sensory and tactile journey!

A family visit to the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

buggies – the lift goes as far as the 3rd floor, and after that buggies are not permitted; it is therefore useful to have a baby-carrier!

ūüď∑¬†photos with the resident bear – you can take a photo with the resident brown bear and then send the photo to yourself!

ūüéĀ¬†gift shop – on the ground floor, at the entrance, there is a lovely gift shop;

ūüďö¬†library – there is a library on the first floor, with magazines, books, globes . . . a great place for a quiet moment!

ūü¶Ć¬†family nature outings – the¬†Centre de la Nature Montagnarde offers lots of other activities in nature for the whole family, throughout the year: ‚ĚĄÔłŹ¬†snow-shoeing, astronomy . . .¬†

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshops for children

During the ūüóstschool holidays, on Wednesday afternoons, there are nature workshops¬†on offer for children (ūüĆ≥¬†Les P’tits Experts de la Nature) / price: 6‚ā¨ / outdoor and indoor workshops on offer / see the museum’s¬†website¬†or MBFF post for more details.

good to know: children are given a certificate booklet¬†when they do their first workshop and they collect a stamp for¬†each completed workshop. During their 2-hour workshop, they become little “experts” in different fields of nature!

© Centre de la Nature Montagnarde

Les mardis: raquette en famille and other nature outings

Over the ‚ĚĄÔłŹ¬†winter season, the ūü¶Ć Centre de la Nature Montagnarde organises 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‚ā¨ for children and 15‚ā¨ for adults / see agenda for more details.

Practical Information

ūüóstopening hours:

ūüóď 1st June to 30th September: Monday to Saturday 10h to 12h30 / 14h to 18h30; Sundays 14h to 18h;
ūüóď 1st October to 31st May: Wednesday to Saturday 14h to 18h;
ūüóď school holidays: Monday to Saturday 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h;
ūüóď national holidays: 14h to 18h (except 25 December, 1st January and 1st May);


adults¬†(> 16 years): 7‚ā¨;
children¬†(6 to 16 years): 4,50‚ā¨;
families: (2 adults and 2 children): 20‚ā¨;

Ch√Ęteau des Rubins and m√©diath√®que as seen from playground Sallanches ¬© montblancfamilyfun.com
address: Ch√Ęteau des Rubins, 105 mont√©e des Rubins, 74700, Sallanches;
tel: +33 (0)4 50 58 32 13;
website: www.centrenaturemontagnarde.org

ūüöô¬†parking: there is free parking in the Parking Ch√Ęteau des Rubins/du L√©vant

good to know: the museum is located a short walk from the¬†ūüďö¬†M√©diath√®que Ange Abrate, the church playground¬†and ūüćŹSallanches’ Saturday market, so a day can be planned around this!

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